- Curtis Jacobs
was born in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on 6 May 1935, into a black family with a long tradition of producing masquerade bands. He would come to be regarded as the greatest bandleader in the modern history of Carnival, the annual festival of masquerade and music. His first influences came from his father, Aldwyn “Sonny” Bailey, who led his own band from 1932 to 1940, as well as other bandleaders like Ormand Hackshaw, Leonard Carty, and Ken Morris. His family seems to have been influenced by the ideas of Marcus Garvey who had a large following in Trinidad and Tobago While a student at Tranquility Government School Bailey s interest in fine art was enhanced under the guidance of Mohammed Farouk M P Alladin one of Trinidad s foremost visual artists Bailey excelled in track and field and basketball and in fact became a member of the national ...