Albert Dailey

Albert Preston Dailey (June 16, 1939 – June 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist.

Albert Dailey
From the cover of That Old Feeling, 1978
Background information
Birth nameAlbert Preston Dailey
Born(1939-06-16)June 16, 1939
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedJune 26, 1984(1984-06-26) (aged 45)
Denver, Colorado
Associated actsStan Getz

Early life

Dailey was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His parents were Albert Preston Dailey Sr, and Gertrude Johnson Dailey.[1] He began studying piano as a child, and his first professional appearances were with the house band of the Baltimore Royal Theater in the early 1950s.[2] Later in the decade he studied at Morgan State University and the Peabody Conservatory.

Later life and career

He backed Damita Jo DuBlanc on tour from 1960 to 1963, and following this briefly put together his own trio in Washington, D.C., playing at the Bohemian Caverns. In 1964 he moved to New York City, where he played with Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Sarah Vaughan, Charles Mingus, and Freddie Hubbard. In 1967 he played with Woody Herman at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and played intermittently with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1968 to 1969.[1]

In the 1970s Dailey played with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, and Archie Shepp. In the 1980s he did concerts at Carnegie Hall and was a member of the Upper Manhattan Jazz Society with Charlie Rouse, Benny Bailey, and Buster Williams.

He died of pneumonia in Denver on June 26, 1984, aged 46.[1]


As leader/co-leader

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1973? The Day After the Dawn Columbia
1977? Renaissance Catalyst
1978 That Old Feeling SteepleChase Trio, with Buster Williams (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1981? Textures Muse with Arthur Rhames (sax), Rufus Reid (bass), Eddie Gladden (drums)
1983? Poetry Blue Note Two tracks solo piano; most tracks duo, with Stan Getz (tenor sax)

As sideman

With Ray Alexander

  • Cloud Patterns (Nerus Records, 1983) - live at Eddie Condon's

With Gary Bartz

With Art Blakey

With Junior Cook

With Larry Coryell

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Walt Dickerson

With Art Farmer

With Ricky Ford

With Frank Foster

With Stan Getz

With Bunky Green

With Slide Hampton

With Tom Harrell

  • Play of Light (1982)

With Freddie Hubbard

With Budd Johnson

With Elvin Jones

With Lee Konitz

With Oliver Nelson

With Dizzy Reece

With Charlie Rouse

With Archie Shepp

  • Ballads for Trane (Denon, 1977)

With Malachi Thompson

With Harold Vick


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