Trumpeter Benny Bailey, who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton before he became a fixture on the European jazz scene, died on Thursday, April 14, 2005, at his home in Amsterdam. He was 79. Born in Cleveland, Ernest Harold Bailey played R&B after studying at the Cleveland Conservatory of Music, but found his niche in bop. He joined Gillespie in 1947, then played five years with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He left Hampton during a European tour in 1953 and decided to stay. In the late 1950s, he recorded with Stan Getz and Quincy Jones. In 2000, he recorded The Satchmo Legacy, an album considered among his finest work.
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