Gerald Bailey is a freelance trumpet player in Chicago who currently leads several groups combining acoustic jazz with live music technology. He has performed with Belle and Sebastian, Mumford and Sons, The Walkmen, Ty Segal, Syl Johnson, The O’Jays and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. He has performed for the Obama administration at the White House in 2009 and 2012 and appeared in the Hollywood movie Public Enemies.
As an educator, he currently an adjunct professor at Moraine Valley Community College, Ableton Live instructor for After School Matters, and a private trumpet teacher at Chicago High School for the Performing Arts and Lyons Township High School.
Gerald provides trumpet performance, original compositions, orchestrations, arrangements, transcriptions, copy work and electronic sequencing. He has appeared on countless recordings for Bloodshot Records, Warner Bros, Drag City, Jump Up, Rabbit Factory and his original music is currently featured on Cartilage Osseux Records, Tape of the Month Club and through independent release.
He has a Bachelors degree in trumpet from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters in composition from DePaul University.
Macrame Brass weaves jazz, soul and Latin music into a brass band design. A celebration of the music of Chicago with a New Orleans flavor. This project features hard working creatives in a street band setting. Acoustic music with a hint of dub, beats and synths.
It was so nice to work with the jazz students of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra at Marian University in Indianapolis! We talked about improvisation and the combination of technology and acoustic instruments in practice and performance.