The Downbeat Critics Poll voted Sheryl a “Rising Star” (2013/ 2014) and “One of the new greats of her chosen instrument” – Phillip Booth, Downbeat Magazine
As a leader, she has toured the US, Canada, Finland, Austria, Italy, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, and the UK with her many projects: The Sheryl Bailey 3, The Sheryl Bailey 4, The Electric Ladyland Project, Acoustic Muse, and Plucky Strum. She has 10 critically acclaimed releases as a leader. Her latest is “Plucky Strum” with bass master Harvie S via Whaling City Sound.
She has toured and recorded with Richard Bona, David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove, Abraham Inc., John Zorn, Irene Cara, Lea Delaria, George Garzone, Jack Wilkins, Shingo Okudaira, Steve Slagle, Harvie S, Ken Peplowski, Kim Plainfield, and Gary Thomas.
As an educator, she has been Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music since 2000, is faculty at The Collective School of Music in NYC, and has hosted master classes and workshops worldwide. Her Mel Bay publication, “Moveable Shapes,” is a top seller in their Jazz Curriculum Series. Her latest adventure is “The Bebop Dojo,” an interactive, online jazz academy developed for the Guitar Sherpa program at Truefire.com. Her “Bebop Dojo Essentials” course and her “50 Bebop Licks Everyone Should Know” are also top TrueFire titles.
Sheryl plays her Signature McCurdy Mercury Model, Stone Bridge Acoustic Guitars and Earthquaker Devices.