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Sizzling guitar goddess plays Selkirk College

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
October 4th, 2011

There’s no description more apt for Sheryl Bailey than “A sizzling guitar goddess,” coined by Elliot Simon of All About Jazz. 

He’s not alone with his superlatives — Adam Levy of Guitar Player Magazine calls Sheryl “one of the most compelling tones of her generation,” and Frank Forte of Just Jazz Guitar ranks her “among the best bop guitar players with a fresh approach and something new,” and she’s playing Thursday in Nelson at Mary Hall (7:30 p.m.).

As for the guitar, she’s hardly had it out of her hands since the age of 13.  She eventually attended Berklee College of Music. 

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. 

She is now said to be “One of the top players in an emerging generation of jazz guitarists” (John Heidt, Vintage Guitar).       

To date, Sheryl has five CDs out under her name. Sheryl is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, and on staff at the Collective in New York. 

In keeping with Sheryl’s philosophy of “giving back”, she also teaches at the Ronald McDonald House in association with the New York Pops.

She has been an Artist in Residence and a Clinician at countless other programs and institutions, including New York University, Bates College, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Towson University, the LA Music Academy and the Guitar Institute in Los Angeles.

Sheryl Bailey will be performing Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 pm at Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus.

Tickets are $5 students/seniors and $10 regular and available only at the door. For more information call 250-505-1357.

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