Sheryl Bailey

Sheryl Bailey


The Downbeat Critics Poll
“Rising Star” in 2013/ 2014/ 2015/ 2016
“One of the new greats of her chosen instrument” – Phillip Booth, Downbeat Magazine

As a leader, she has toured the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, and the UK with her many projects: The Sheryl Bailey 3, The Sheryl Bailey 4, The Electric Ladyland Project, and Plucky Strum.
She has 10 critically acclaimed releases as a leader. Her latest is “Plucky Strum” with bass master Harvie S via Whaling City Sound.

She has toured and recorded with The Anat Cohen Tentet, Richard Bona, David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove, Abraham Inc., John Zorn, Tommy Campbell’s Vocal Eyes, Irene Cara, Lea Delaria, George Garzone, Jack Wilkins, Shingo Okudaira, Steve Slagle, Harvie S, Ken Peplowski, Kim Plainfield, and Gary Thomas.

As an educator, she has been Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music since 2000, is faculty at The Collective School of Music in NYC, and has hosted master classes and workshops worldwide. Her Mel Bay publication, “Moveable Shapes,” is a top seller in their Jazz Curriculum Series. Her latest adventure is “The Bebop Dojo,” an interactive, online jazz academy developed for the Guitar Sherpa program at Her “Bebop Dojo Essentials” course, her “50 Bebop Licks Everyone Should Know,” and recent “Bebop Etudes” are also top Truefire titles

Sheryl plays her Signature McCurdy Mercury Model, Stonebridge Acoustic Guitars, and Acoustic Image Amplifiers


  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education


  • NYC Area
  • Tri-State Area (NY/NJ/CT)
  • Southern California
  • Northern California
  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Philadelphia
  • Seattle
  • Washington D.C.
  • Other US Cities
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • Other Countries


  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Music Producer/Record Producer
  • Classroom music teacher at an educational institution


  • Guitar - acoustic
  • Guitar - electric


  • Finale



Preferred Pronouns

  • She/Her