Ms Judith Bailey

Casual Lecturer in Jazz Piano and Composition

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

New Zealand born Judy Bailey commenced formal piano studies at the age of ten, obtaining her ATCL (Perf.) qualification just six years later.

During the 1960s, Judy became involved in Sydney’s musical life through regular performances at the legendary El Rocco Jazz Cellar (with the likes of John Sangster, Don Burrows, and Graeme Lyall).
Over a period of eight years, Judy was permanently employed with Tommy Tycho’s Orchestra (Channel 7), Don Burrow’s Septet (Channel 2), John Bamford’s Orchestra (channel 9) and Jack Grimsley’s Orchestra (Channel 10) as pianist/arranger.

In the seventies, Judy began teaching in the newly established jazz studies program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music while also resident pianist for the ABC Radio program Kindergarten. During this time, she also introduced music and movement programs for young children at Currambena and Lane Cove West Primary Schools. She was also appointed musical director (jazz) for the immensely successful Bennelong series at the Sydney Opera House and travelled with her quartet to Southeast Asia on the first of three overseas concert tours organised by Musica Viva.

The eighties and nineties saw more performing, composing, teaching, recording and touring, while Judy also became musical director for the Sydney Youth Jazz Ensemble Association, an umbrella organisation for a big band known as the Jazz Connection.

Judy has gained several prestigious awards, including the inaugural APRA Award for jazz composition, an Australian Entertainment Industry ‘MO’ for jazz performance, and in 2004 an OAM for services to music and education. In July 2008, as part of the Annual Classical Music Awards (APRA and AMC), Belinda Webster and Peter Rechnewski presented Judy with the Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. Judy’s nomination is unique in that it was the first ever granted to an outstanding jazz musician. In 2014 she was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame (Bell Awards).

Judy has also been included in a list of Sydney’s ‘100 Most Influential People’.

Selected publications & creative works

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Musical Compositions

  • Bailey, J. (2012). Another Journey. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Bailey, J. (2010). So Many Rivers. Sydney, Australia: Judy Bailey.
  • Bailey, J. (2008). New Orleans Second Line. Australia: Judy Bailey.
  • Bailey, J. (2008). Tango Eclectic. Australia: Judy Bailey.
  • Bailey, J. (2005). Two Minds, One Music. Sydney, Australia: Grosvenor Place.

Music

  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T., Weltlinger, D., Peart, M., Eccles, J., Miller, O. (2008). 1. Lonely Child 2. One Moment 3. Tango Eclectic 4. You're an Instrument 5. Hide and Seek 6. The Sprightly Ones. Jazz in The Cafe, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2008). 1. Love walked in 2.You and the night and the music 3. If you could see me now 4. Flamingo 5. Country 7. Pendulum. Sound Lounge - Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: SIMA.
  • Bailey, J. (2008). Aaron McMillan Tribute. Recital Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Bailey, J., Greening, J. (2008). New Orleans Second Line. Jazz & Blues Festival 2008- Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia: Aquashell Cockle Bay.
  • Scott, C., Theak, D., Barlow, D., Bailey, J., Dickeson, A., Alder, W., Philpott, R., Loughnan, C., Biddell, K. (2007). 1. Dat Dere 2. Care For a Waltz? 3. Ki Ki 4. My Funny Valentine, Darn That Dream, My Ideal 5. Theme 3 6. Birdlike. Craig Scott presents the Jazz Faculty of the Sydney Con. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM Music.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C. (2006). Concert with International Trumpeter Murray Tanner. Soup Plus, Sydney, Australia.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2006). Judy Bailey Trio. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne International Womens Jazz Festival.
  • Scott, C., Bailey, J., Firth, T. (2006). Judy Bailey Trio. Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: SIMA, Sydney Improvised Music Association.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2006). Judy Bailey Trio - Jazz. Melbourne’s Woman’s International Jazz Festival, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne’s Woman’s International Jazz Festival.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2006). Judy Bailey Trio and Dave Addes. Jazz Groove, Sydney, Australia: Jazz Groove Association.
  • Blake, S., Agostino, R., Richter, G., Gallery, D., Jamison, S., Scott, C., Bailey, J. (2004). 1. Two Night Movements; 2. Suite Buenos Aires. Masterpiece, Staff Series. Recital Hall West; SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM.
  • Pedersen, G., Burgess, N., Motzing, W., Scott, C., Pratt, D., Bailey, J., Goodwin, W., Newman, A., Cox, M. (2002). Crosscurrents. Music Cafe, Twilight Series. Australia: SCM.

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2007). 1. Love walked in 2. You and the night and the music 3. If you could see me now 4. Flamingo 5. Night and day 6. Country (not Western) Blues 7. Pendulum. On Pendulum, CD, Sydney, Australia: Creative Vibes.
  • Nunns, R., Bailey, J., Garden, S. (2004). 1.In one breath = He whakaea kotahi 2.Wooden man = Tangata r�?kau 3.Late summer = Te hiku o raumati 4.Not reconciled = Hononga kore 5.The other door = Tēr�? atu kūaha 6.Returning = Hokinga mai 7.Play = Kori 8.Silence = Mūmū 9.The bells = Ng�? pere 10.Twilight = Ririko 11.Reflections II = He hokinga mahara. On Tuhonohono, CD, Auckland, New Zealand: Rattle Records.
  • Diaz, J., Bailey, J., Scott, C., Hall, T., Hevia, F., Greening, J., Maegraith, R. (2002). 1. The Way You Look Tonight 2. I'll Take Romance 3. My Foolish Heart 4. Desafinado 5. Stolen Moments 6. Once I Loved 7. Green Dolphin Street 8. All The Things You Are 9. Corcovado 10. Joyspring 11. Triste 12. Parker's Mood. On Colours of Jazz, CD/DVD, Sydney, Australia: Joe Diaz.

2012

  • Bailey, J. (2012). Another Journey. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.

2010

  • Bailey, J. (2010). So Many Rivers. Sydney, Australia: Judy Bailey.

2008

  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T., Weltlinger, D., Peart, M., Eccles, J., Miller, O. (2008). 1. Lonely Child 2. One Moment 3. Tango Eclectic 4. You're an Instrument 5. Hide and Seek 6. The Sprightly Ones. Jazz in The Cafe, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2008). 1. Love walked in 2.You and the night and the music 3. If you could see me now 4. Flamingo 5. Country 7. Pendulum. Sound Lounge - Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: SIMA.
  • Bailey, J. (2008). Aaron McMillan Tribute. Recital Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Bailey, J. (2008). New Orleans Second Line. Australia: Judy Bailey.
  • Bailey, J., Greening, J. (2008). New Orleans Second Line. Jazz & Blues Festival 2008- Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia: Aquashell Cockle Bay.
  • Bailey, J. (2008). Tango Eclectic. Australia: Judy Bailey.

2007

  • Scott, C., Theak, D., Barlow, D., Bailey, J., Dickeson, A., Alder, W., Philpott, R., Loughnan, C., Biddell, K. (2007). 1. Dat Dere 2. Care For a Waltz? 3. Ki Ki 4. My Funny Valentine, Darn That Dream, My Ideal 5. Theme 3 6. Birdlike. Craig Scott presents the Jazz Faculty of the Sydney Con. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM Music.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2007). 1. Love walked in 2. You and the night and the music 3. If you could see me now 4. Flamingo 5. Night and day 6. Country (not Western) Blues 7. Pendulum. On Pendulum, CD, Sydney, Australia: Creative Vibes.

2006

  • Bailey, J., Scott, C. (2006). Concert with International Trumpeter Murray Tanner. Soup Plus, Sydney, Australia.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2006). Judy Bailey Trio. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne International Womens Jazz Festival.
  • Scott, C., Bailey, J., Firth, T. (2006). Judy Bailey Trio. Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: SIMA, Sydney Improvised Music Association.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2006). Judy Bailey Trio - Jazz. Melbourne’s Woman’s International Jazz Festival, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne’s Woman’s International Jazz Festival.
  • Bailey, J., Scott, C., Firth, T. (2006). Judy Bailey Trio and Dave Addes. Jazz Groove, Sydney, Australia: Jazz Groove Association.

2005

  • Bailey, J. (2005). Two Minds, One Music. Sydney, Australia: Grosvenor Place.

2004

  • Blake, S., Agostino, R., Richter, G., Gallery, D., Jamison, S., Scott, C., Bailey, J. (2004). 1. Two Night Movements; 2. Suite Buenos Aires. Masterpiece, Staff Series. Recital Hall West; SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM.
  • Nunns, R., Bailey, J., Garden, S. (2004). 1.In one breath = He whakaea kotahi 2.Wooden man = Tangata r�?kau 3.Late summer = Te hiku o raumati 4.Not reconciled = Hononga kore 5.The other door = Tēr�? atu kūaha 6.Returning = Hokinga mai 7.Play = Kori 8.Silence = Mūmū 9.The bells = Ng�? pere 10.Twilight = Ririko 11.Reflections II = He hokinga mahara. On Tuhonohono, CD, Auckland, New Zealand: Rattle Records.

2002

  • Diaz, J., Bailey, J., Scott, C., Hall, T., Hevia, F., Greening, J., Maegraith, R. (2002). 1. The Way You Look Tonight 2. I'll Take Romance 3. My Foolish Heart 4. Desafinado 5. Stolen Moments 6. Once I Loved 7. Green Dolphin Street 8. All The Things You Are 9. Corcovado 10. Joyspring 11. Triste 12. Parker's Mood. On Colours of Jazz, CD/DVD, Sydney, Australia: Joe Diaz.
  • Pedersen, G., Burgess, N., Motzing, W., Scott, C., Pratt, D., Bailey, J., Goodwin, W., Newman, A., Cox, M. (2002). Crosscurrents. Music Cafe, Twilight Series. Australia: SCM.

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