A Philip Bailey Fantasy

By 
Berklee Office of Communications
April 28, 2009
Philip Bailey answers questions in the Berklee Performance Center during a public conversation with J. Curtis Warner, associate vice president for education outreach/executive director of Berklee City Music.
From left, students Orlando Dixon, Maureen McMullan, and Ashley Rodriguez practice an exercise with guidance from Philip Bailey, during a vocal clinic in Cafe 939.
Philip Bailey
Philip Bailey is interviewed for the public radio show, <i>Art of the Song</i>, in front of a live audience in Cafe 939. At the left are the show producers, Vivian Nesbitt and John Dillon.
Students Jessica Johnson and Erin Lyder listen as Philip Bailey addresses the crowd during a vocal clinic.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Philip Bailey can't loan his four-octave range to anybody, but he did yeoman's work in helping students during a recent multi-day residency. His clinics, workshops, and public interviews were all part of events culminating with a concert last month. By all reports, Bailey was generous with his time and genuinely interested in imparting as much information as possible to students.

Bailey, who has had a Grammy-winning career as both lead vocalist for Earth, Wind & Fire and as a solo artist, also rehearsed with student ensembles as he prepared to share the stage with them during Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, a concert at the Berklee Performance Center on March 7.