Atlanta-based jazz drummer Ben Bailey is releasing his debut album, A Bird in the Hand, on October 21. Produced by jazz legend Duffy Jackson, A Bird in the Hand features both hidden big band treasures and classics performed with a new twist. The Nashville Big Band, a group of all-star studio musicians based in Nashville, join Ben for the eight song collection. The album is a long time coming for Bailey, who has been an avid jazz artist and performer for 31 years.
"As a drummer, I've been a fan of Duffy since I saw a concert of his as a kid," says Ben. "We became friends a few years ago and when he invited me to come to Nashville and record an album, it was an opportunity of a lifetime for me."
Not only did Duffy extend the invitation, he rolled up his sleeves to produce the record. Prior to the recording sessions, Duffy and Ben selected rare songs as well as classics that could be presented with new tempos and grooves to illustrate Ben’s musicianship. For track and album highlights, please click here.
CJ Boggs, live sound engineer for Taylor Swift, engineered the sessions which were held at the Nashville Musicians Association Union. Unlike many of today’s isolated instrument recordings, all of the musicians on Bird in the Hand were in one large room and each song was recorded in one or two takes.
The album will be released worldwide on Ben's website (www.benbaileymusic.com), CD Baby and iTunes on October 21. The CD release event will be held in Atlanta at Cafe 290 on October 20.
Jazz drummer Ben Bailey has performed and recorded with such artists as Houston Person, Rodney Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Dave Hungate, The Four Freshmen and Big Mike Geier.
Ben has toured globally in Europe and Asia. In addition, he has been featured in some of the top jazz clubs in New York and Atlanta, maintaining an active schedule of live performances, studio sessions and appearances on TV and radio stations.
Ben graduated from Berklee College of Music and currently resides in Atlanta.