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.
Shortly before the pandemic Macramé Brass met up at Experimental Sound Studio to record one short set’s worth of music. The idea was to simply capture some of the sounds and ideas that we developed during our monthly residencies at Dorian’s Jazz Club and The California Clipper in Chicago.
Meditation (January 26, 2020) is group improvisation recorded shortly after hearing of the fatal helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.
Mezcal Caravan is an adaptation of a lofi beat instrumental by Charles Mantis that was arranged for the band.
Larb was written to fit the vibe at Dorian’s.
Macramé is a lofi beat instrumental that is sometimes used as an interlude during live performances.
released September 15, 2021
Trumpet, Flugabone, Op-1: Gerald Bailey Tenor Saxophone, Flute: Nate Lepine Sousaphone, Bansuri Flute: Matthew Davis Drums: Clif Wallace Artwork by Jamie Breiwick Engineered and Mixed by Ralph Loza at Experimental Sound Studio Mastered by Nick Broste
released May 4, 2021 Gerald Bailey: trumpet, flugabone, op-1, rhodes Leslie Beukelman: vocals Quin Kirchner: drums Sounds by Chris Merill mastered by Nick Broste produced by Gerald Bailey design by Jamie Breiwick (bside graphics)