Colin Bailey


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Colin Bailey famously played brushes on the song “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi, which was made popular thanks to the Peanuts cartoon television specials. His long career included gigs with Miles Davis, Clare Fischer, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and George Shearing. He also often filled in for Ed Shaughnessy on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson! Colin wrote three drum method books, which were published by Hal Leonard. The books are based on his own teaching style that he developed over the years with his students while also working as a session musician in Los Angeles. In between studio calls Colin would give lessons to young players, who encouraged him to write a book. So he wrote three!