Department Head, Bass
Jeff Bailey has performed in a wide variety of musical settings as a musician, composer, and producer. He has performed with world-renowned jazz artists Captain McDuff, Craig Taborn, James Carter, Nachito Herrera, Eric Garvat, Rodney Jones, Dave King, Brian Lynch, Wessel Anderson, Peruvian guitar master Andrés Prado, and James Moody. Never one to be pigeonholed into one style, Jeff has also toured and performed with Keri Noble, Joey McIntyre (NKOTB), Tommy Barbarella (Prince), Charles Lazarus (Minnesota Orchestra), Reverend Billy Steele, Jennifer Kimball, Heather Headley, and Charley Drayton. Jeff has also logged time on the road touring and giving clinics in the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, South America, and Japan. Jeff has served as musical director for Keith Antar Mason and the Hittite Empire and the Black Fathers and Sons project at the B.A.M. Next Wave Festival in New York, with photographer Albert Chong and writer Quincy Troupe. Jeff has also received accolades for producing a Minnesota Music Award-winning CD for Alicia Wiley, receiving a Best of the Twin Cities Award as a founding member of Moveable Feast, and a Minnesota Music Award nomination for best Bass Player of the Year.
Gary’s diverse credits include working with local jazz artists Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Dave Karr, Manfredo Fest, national jazz artists Richie Cole, Claudio Roditi, Herb Ellis, Mark Murphy, Clark Terry, and performing for dozens of Broadway touring companies such as West Side Story,Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line, and Victor, Victoria. He has also toured with Sammy Davis Jr. and performed with the Count Basie Band, and is currently bassist for The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" national radio show.
Performing over 200 shows a year, Travis can be seen in a multitude of musical settings, including musical theater, jazz, and pop country. Travis was one of the founding members of the Atlantis Quartet. Their first record, Again Too Soon, received strong reviews on both the local and national level. As an educator, Travis has been teaching bass for over twelve years and has written his own method book, Bassic Training. Since joining the McNally Smith faculty, Travis has helped develop several programs, including a slap bass course, and a master class series, which have included such artists as Bryan Beller and Gary Willis.
Jay Young is one of the Twin Cities' 'first call' bassists. He is a freelance performer and educator involved in a vast array of projects, working with national and international artists. He has performed at the Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center, Illusion, and Penumbra Theatre. Jay has also been a featured performer at the Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, Boston Symphony Hall, The Blue Note, Umbra (Italy), Espoo (Finland), and Tejo (Portugal). He has shared the stage with Ray Brown, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, T.S. Monk, Grover Washington Jr., Dave Brubeck, Ron Carter, Buster Williams, Bobby Lyle, Eddie Daniels, the Minnesota Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Phil Upchurch, Jennifer Holiday, Harry Connick Jr., Jay Leno, Paul Bollenbeck, Reverend Al Green, Bobby McFerrin, Jefferson Starship, Carole King, and Ray Charles, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Lovano, Ernie Watts, Tim Ries, Sony Holland,
Marvin "Smitty" Smith, and many others.