About Steve

  • Began playing bass at 12
  • Surfing career interrupted due to too much practicing
  • Began playing upright after hearing Chick Corea’s LIGHT AS A FEATHER.
  • Began playing fretless at 14 after running over fretted bass with Toyota.
  • Heard Jaco and Stanley and began practicing 12 hours per day.


  • Got full scholarship to North Texas State Univ. Played lots of Upright.
  • Got full scholarship to Univ. of Miami. Played lots of electric. Lots of gigs(see below).
  • Surfed a lot.


  • Joined Paquito D’Rivera’s band and moved to NY. Saw the world. Did not Surf Then.
  • Joined Dizzy Gillespie’s band in 1983. Saw more of the world and surfed a bit. And Played Lots of gigs. (see below)


  • Moved to Los Angeles In 1985. Surfed too Much and Played LOTS AND LOTS of gigs. (see below)
  • Formed BASS EXTREMES with Victor Wooten in 1993


Recorded and/or toured with…

  • Beboppers such as Dizzy, James Moody, Lew Tabackin, Dave Leibman……etc
  • Latin Jazzers such as Paquito. Claudio Roditti, Michel Camilo…… etc
  • Smooth Jazzers such as the Rippingtons, David Benoit, Kilauea…..etc
  • Rockers such as Jethro Tull, Skynyrd, Jon Anderson (YES)…etc
  • Country guys such as Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver….etc
  • Fusioners such as Larry Carlton, Emily Remler, Brandon Fields….etc
  • New agers such as Kitaro, Max Highstein, T Lavitz…..etc
  • Bluesers such as Tab Benoit, Johnny Witherspoon, Toni Price….etc
  • Jazz singers such as Mel Torme, Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy…etc
  • Fellow Bassists such as Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, Billy Sheehan…etc

Stuff I am Proud of….

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR runner-up 1994 and 1996….2 solo cd’s DICHOTOMY and EVOLUTION……new Bass Extremes cd JUST ADD WATER…..I can play a 13th chord in tune on a 6 string fretless bass..Won the last two surfing contests and Tennis tournaments that I entered…. I choose to live in Myrtle Beach SC!

Other stuff…. 

Faculty at Bass Institute of Technology 10 years…Artist In-Residence @ Coastal Carolina University….Advisory board and columnist for Bass Player Mag…Faculty for NGSW… Solo Bassist and clinician worlwide…Books include Steve Bailey Bass Series, …cont.. Bass Extremes :the book.. Videos include Advanced Bassix, Fretless Bass, The Day Bass Players Took over the World, and BASS EXTREMES.

Current endorsements….

Warwick, BassLines p-ups, D’addario Strings

Latest fun projects….

A year long tour with the Victor Wooten Band (4 Bass Players/2 Drummers/and a Singer)….Bass Chair at Berklee…in BOSTON!!(Brrrr)…. LOTS of Warwick events…. and clinician worldwide…Books include Steve Bailey Bass Series, Bass Extremes :the book. Videos include Advanced Bassix and clinician worldwide…