Collection of Legendary Bassist Victor Bailey Featured at Skinner, May 14

Victor Bailey

BOSTON, MA – From the age of sixteen, Victor Bailey (1960-2016) knew one day he would replace virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius in the seminal jazz fusion band Weather Report. At eighteen, Bailey enrolled at the Berklee College of Music, and four years later in 1982, Pastorius was out and the gig with Weather Report was his. In the years since, Victor Bailey played on over a thousand recordings and lent his talent to artists as varied as LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, and Lady Gaga.

Although his bass took him around the world, Victor Bailey’s Grammy Award-winning career was bookended by his time in Boston, first as a student, and then a professor, at the Berklee College of Music.

Victor Bailey’s 1986 Pensa-Suhr J4 Electric Bass Guitar (Lot 34, Estimate: $3,000-5,000)

It is for this reason that Skinner is proud to offer the Victor Bailey Bass Collection, including his custom Fender, Ibanez, Fodera and Pensa-Suhr basses, as part of its Spring Fine Musical Instruments Auction on May 14, 2017. Highlights from the collection include Bailey’s 1986 Pensa-Suhr J4 Electric Bass Guitar (Estimate $3,000-5,000) and two Fender Victor Bailey Signature bass guitars. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a Berklee College of Music Bass Department scholarship fund in his name.

A Tribute to Victor Bailey

In conjunction with the auction, a musical performance with Steve Bailey and members of the Berklee College of Music Bass Department will be held on Friday, May 12 at 5:30PM in Skinner’s Boston Gallery.

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Auction previews are free and open to the public and will be held in Boston on Friday, May 12 from 12PM – 7PM, Saturday, May 13 from 10:30AM – 5PM, and Sunday, May 14 from 9AM – 10:30AM. Illustrated catalogs for auction 3007B are available from the Subscriptions Department at . The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

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