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Judy Bailey

Commissioner, Composer, Performer


Pianist, composer, arranger and educator Judy Bailey is constantly involved in a wide and varied range of musical activities. She teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is Musical Director of the Sydney Youth Jazz Ensemble. She has amassed performances both as soloist and member of various ensembles featuring local and overseas artists and has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia for Musica Viva. She has won awards for her music including the APRA Award for Jazz Composition and the Australian Entertainment Industry “MO” Award for Female Jazz Performer. She has been a member of the Music board of the Australia Council and is a committee member of the Jazz Co-ordination Association of NSW. In 2014 she was inducted into the Graeme Bell Jazz Hall of Fame by Jazz Australia

A long and diverse career has given Bailey the experience to successfully develop the composition and orchestration skills necessary to extend from previous small ensemble and jazz big band writing to larger orchestral works. A total fascination with the challenge of endeavouring to integrate classical and jazz music has produced the following works since 1994:

  • Two Minds, One Music (for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Big Band)
  • Australiana Suite (for Jazz Big Band)
  • Out of the Wilderness (for Symphony Orchestra and Two Soloists
  • Four Reasons (for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Soloist – James Morrison)

Her recent compositional output has included New Orleans Second Line for Jazz combo (2008), So Many Rivers commissioned and premièred by NZTrio (2010), and Another Journey for big band and symphony orchestra (2012).

In addition, she has composed three smaller choral pieces, a solo clarinet piece and a string quartet.

Composed (22)

Cakewalk Nostalgie

for solo piano, 3m

Children's Suite

6 pieces for jazz piano

Fat Lady Waltz

for solo piano, 7m

In One Breath/He Whakaea Kotahi

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m

Late Summer/Te Hiku o Raumati

for taonga puoro and piano, 6m

Not Reconciled/Hononga Kore

for taonga puoro and piano, 3m

Now I'm Walkin'

for piano


for taonga puoro and piano, 4m

Reflections II/He Hokinga Mahara

for taonga puoro and piano, 5m

Returning/Hokinga Mai

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m


for taonga puoro and piano, 6m

So Many Rivers

for piano trio

Sunday Sequence

for piano, 7m

The Bells/Nga Pere

for taonga puoro and piano, 8m

The Other Door/Tera Atu Kuaha

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m

The Spritely Ones

for piano, 7m

Theme 3

for solo piano, 6m


for taonga puoro and piano, 2m

Waltzing Matilda

for solo piano, 2m

When Monk met Picasso

for solo piano, 5m

Wooden Man/Tangata Rakau

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m

You Can Take it Anywhere!

for solo bass clarinet, 4m

Commissioned (2)

Napier's Bones

for 24 percussionists and improvising jazz piano, 35m

Napier's Bones

for 6 virtuoso percussionists and improvising jazz piano, 35m

Resources (1)