A valuable drummer and an occasional harmonica player, Donald Duck Bailey has appeared on a countless number of sessions through the years, usually as a sideman. Bailey freelanced in his hometown of Philadelphia and then gained some fame as Jimmy Smith's regular drummer during the organist's early prime years (1956-1964), appearing on many of his Blue Note albums. He worked in Los Angeles from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s, spent five years in Japan (during which time he led a record session for Trio which found him sticking to harmonica) and then, after returning to the U.S. in 1982, settled in Oakland. Among the many artists Bailey has worked with through the years are Hampton Hawes, Blue Mitchell, Jimmie Rowles, Carmen McRae, and Sarah Vaughan. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

Donald Bailey: The Jimmy Smith Trio - 1962
Donald Bailey
Donald Bailey with Jazz Foundation Bandmates
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Larry Grenadier and Donald "Duck" Bailey
Donald Bailey & Dolly - They Never Now But They Now Know
Donald Bailey - U.S.M.C.
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