"Hard swinging and lyrical - aming the best bop guitar players with a fresh approach and something new." - Frank Forte, Just Jazz Guitar
"One of the most compelling tones of her generation." - Adam Levy, Guitar Player Magazine
"...warm, rich tones and inquisitive darting lines...one of the new greats of her chosen instrument." - Phillip Booth, Downbeat
Sheryl Bailey is a hard-swinging player, bringing joy to the straight-ahead and bop jazz guitar tradition. It's said (by Lee Metcalf, The Villager) that Sheryl can go from "zero to blazing in two beats." As for the guitar, she’s hardly had it out of her hands since the age of 13. That was when her mother finally relented to Sheryl’s begging for a Harmony Strat from the J.C. Penney catalogue. Though Sheryl was a rock-star wannabe, the influence of her pianist mother got her obsessed with learning harmony, and her first teacher in Pittsburgh, John Maione, introduced her to the guitar tradition—Wes, Jimmy Raney, George Van Eps, Joe Pass and others. She eventually attended Berklee College of Music where she helped to found the college's first LGBT student group. Her years of dedication and focus won her 3rd place in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Guitar competition in 1995, and she was chosen as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department in 2000 for a South American tour. Sheryl is on the faculty of Berklee and teaches at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Bassist Kelly Roberti is a recepient of the Montana Governers Award for the Arts and is a veteran player and producer on the local and international jazz scene. He's performed with many jazz greats over the decades. He's no stranger to either DalyJazz or other venues around the globe, and can be found on numerous recordings as a leader or sideman.