Jazz Guitar Week: Sheryl Bailey

Sheryl Bailey started taking guitar seriously round about the time I stopped. Ah, see, nothing good comes of being distracted by boys and rugby.

“Sizzling Guitar Goddess”  [Elliot Simon]

Born in 1966, Bailey got her first Strat aged 13 (round about the time I was being distracted from guitar by boys and Leeds RL actually, and look where that led – certainly not to being a guitar goddess).  Initially, she was hooked on rock music.  But she was introduced by her teacher to Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Raney and Joe Pass, and never looked back.  Alongside her extensive live and recording career, she’s also a professor at Berklee College of Music.