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Raleigh Dailey

Director, Jazz Arts & Jazz Repertory Orchestras

Raleigh Dailey, an internationally recognized jazz pianist, composer, scholar, and educator, studied at Kent State University (B.M, 1991), the University of North Texas (M.M., 1996), and the University of Kentucky (Ph.D., 2007). Dailey has performed widely throughout the United States, North and South America, Europe, and Asia. In 2002 he was selected to perform at the 3rd Annual International Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France. He is the pianist and composer for the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, the improvising duo Tandem, and the Raleigh Dailey Trio. The Jazztet has performed most recently at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz festival in Rotterdam, Holland. 

Raleigh is in high demand as a composer and arranger; his works have been performed and recorded by numerous college, university, military, and professional jazz ensembles. His most recent chamber works are Mirage (for soprano saxophone and piano), Frithian Landscape, and Conversations for Trombone and Piano. He was a recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship for Musical Composition sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council. He has published articles in IAJE Research Papers, The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Saxophone Journal, Jazz Improv Magazine, Jazz Inside Magazine, Music Reference Services Quarterly, Fontes Artis Musicae, Notes, and Teaching Music Through Performance In Jazz.

As Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Kentucky, Dailey currently teaches courses in jazz piano, jazz improvisation, and small and large ensembles. Under his direction, the Jazz Ensemble, Lab Band, and Jazz Combos have performed nationally at various jazz festivals, including the International Jazz Education Network Conference and the International Society for Improvised Music Festival. His most recent recordings are Opening Lines (with Tim Daisy and Jason Stein), and Essays for Solo Piano, both on Llama Records.

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