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Buster Bailey

cl, 1902-1967 US, Memphis, Tennessee
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. William C. Bailey

William C. "Buster" Bailey (July 19, 1902 – April 12, 1967) was a jazz musician specializing in the clarinet, but also well versed on saxophone. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Bailey was one of the most respected session players of his era.

  • Clarinet
  • Bariton sax
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Pop
Plays With
Bessie Smith And Her Band
Bessie Smith And Her Blue Boys
Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra
Billy Kyle's Big Eight
Buster Bailey & His Orchestra
Buster Bailey Orchestra
Buster Bailey Quartet
Buster Bailey Swing Group
Buster Bailey's Rhythm Band
Buster Bailey's Rhythm Busters
Buster Bailey's Six
Clarence Williams' Blue Five
Clarence Williams' Washboard Five
Claude Hopkins All Stars
Danny Barker's Fly Cats
Dave Nelson's Harlem Highlights
Earl Randolph's Orchestra
Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra
Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra
Ginny Simms And Her Orchestra
Henderson's Hot Six
Henry "Red" Allen And His Orchestra
Ida Cox And Her Five Blue Spells
John Kirby And His Onyx Club Boys
John Kirby And His Orchestra
John Kirby Sextet
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra
Lucky Millinder And His Orchestra
Mamie Smith And Her Jazz Hounds
Mildred Bailey And Her Orchestra
Perry Bradford Jazz Phools
Putney Dandridge And His Swing Band
Sam Price's Fly Cats
Sidney Bechet & His Circle Seven
Stuff Smith And His Onyx Club Boys
Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra
The Dixie Stompers
The Fletcher Henderson All Stars
The Harlem Blues Serenaders
The Harlem Hamfats
The International Jazzmen
The Red Onion Jazz Babies
Wingy Manone & His Orchestra
Maxine Sullivan And Her Jazz All-Stars
Henry "Red" Allen's All Stars
The Satans
Bobby Donaldson's 7th Avenue Stompers
Dixieland All-Stars
The Red Allen Band
7th Ave. Stompers
The Smith Girls
A Dixieland Sound Spectacular
John Kirby And His Quintet
Clarence Williams Rhythm Kings
The Saints
Popular Tracks   
There's a House in Harlem for Sale on Master Clarinetist by Buster Bailey
Whose Honey Are You? on Red Allen: Original 1933-1941 Recordings by Henry "Red" Allen
Light Up on Summer Jam by Buster Bailey
Beale Street Blues on All About Memphis by Buster Bailey
Chain Gang Blues on Milestones of Legends - Female Blues, Vol. 2 by Clara Smith & Ma Rainey
Jazzbo Brown from Memphis on Master Clarinetist by Buster Bailey
Goodnight, My Lucky Day on Red Allen: Original 1933-1941 Recordings by Henry "Red" Allen
Knock-Kneed Sal (On the Mourner's Bench) on Bustin' Clarinet! by Buster Bailey
I've Found a New Baby on Bustin' Clarinet! by Buster Bailey
Rhythm, Rhythm on Master Clarinetist by Buster Bailey

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
1925-1940Buster Bailey1996Compil.
Willie 'The Lion' Smith And His Cubs 1935-1937Willie 'The Lion' Smith And His Cubs Featuring Ed Allen, Buster Bailey, John Kirby1993Compil.
The Roots Of DixielandRex Stewart, Buster Bailey, Marty Napoleon, George Wettling1977Album
The Roots Of Dixieland Jazz Volume IIRex Stewart, Vic Dickenson, Buster Bailey, Marty Napoleon, Pee Wee Erwin, Milt Hinton, George Wettling, Arvell Shaw, Claude Hopkins1976Compil.
Complete Recordings 1934-1940Buster Bailey1974Compil.
The Swinging' ClarinetsBuster Bailey, Benny Goodman & Joe Marsala1973Compil.
The Golden Era Of Dixieland Jazz Vol. 2Rex Stewart, Arvell Shaw, Marty Napoleon, Buster Bailey, Vic Dickenson, George Wettling1965Single
All About MemphisBuster Bailey1958Album
The Golden Era Of Dixieland Jazz 1887 - 1937Claude Hopkins, Pee Wee Erwin, Vic Dickenson, Buster Bailey, Milt Hinton, George Wettling1957Album
The Golden Era Of Dixieland JazzPee Wee Erwin, Vic Dickenson, Buster Bailey, Claude Hopkins, Milt Hinton, George Wettling1956Compil.
Jelly Bean Blues / Counting The BluesMa Rainey And Her Georgia Band With Louis Armstrong, Buster BaileyAlbum
The Varsity Sessions Vol. 1Buster Bailey, Roy EldridgeCompil.
Cuttin' OutBill Coleman / Buster BaileyCompil.
Drumsticks, Trumpets & DixielandVic Dickenson / Marty Napoleon / George Wettling / Rex Stewart / Arvell Shaw / Buster Bailey / Pee Wee Erwin / Milt Hinton / Claude HopkinsAlbum
Stuyvesant Casino NightsRed Allen Quintet, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Henry "Red" Allen, "Big Chief" Russell Moore, Buster Bailey, Eddie PriceAlbum
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