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Baikida Carroll

(composer, trumpet) is a highly pivotal figure in the music world as both a composer and trumpeter. His scores and trumpet have distinguished theater, dance, TV, film and concerts for 4 decades.

His music has been heard at prestigious forums throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Walker Arts Center, La MaMa Theatre, the New York and Washington, DC Shakespeare Festivals, The Corcoran Gallery (Wash. DC), the Chicago Art Museum, the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NY), the Mark Taper Forum (LA), the Asolo Theatre (Sarasoto, FL) Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), Le Grand Palais (Paris), the Belgium Opera, the Berlin Opera, the Market Theater (Johannesburg, South Africa), and a multitude of international jazz festivals.

As a trumpeter, he has performed and/or recorded with such artist as Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Sam Rivers, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Billy Hart, Steve Lacy, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Steve McCall, David Sancious, Dave Holland, Yogi Horton, Olu Dara, Oliver Nelson, Lester Bowie, Dave Holland, Albert King, David Murray, Don Cherry, Meredith Monk, Jay McShann, Amiri Baraka, Oliver Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Henry Threadgill, Ike and Tina Turner, Billy Higgins, Graham Parker, Little Milton, David Sancious, Marty Ehrlich, June Jordan, Mos Def, Bobby Bradford, Roscoe Mitchell, Dr. John, Jerome Harris, Anthony Braxton and Reggie Workman. He was a featured soloist on Julius Hemphill's Dogon A.D. and Coon Bid'ness, Oliver Lake's premiere album NTU, John Carter's Castles Of Ghana, Muhal Richard Abrams' 1983 Down Beat Record of the Year Blues Forever, and Jack De Johnettes' acclaimed Inflation Blues. In 1999 Baikida completed a European tour as a featured soloist with the Carla Bley Orchestra performing her classic opera Escalator over the Hill. He performed live in New York City and recorded the 2000 Grammy nominated CD "Inspiration" with jazz innovator Sam Rivers in the Sam Rivers All Star Big Band, an ensemble organized to honor Rivers 75th birthday. His own recordings include Orange Fish Tears, The Spoken Word, Shadows and Reflections, Door of the Cage and Marionettes on a High Wire.

His theater compositions include Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, Miss Julie by August Strindberg, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, Betrayal by Harold Pinter, A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen, and King Lear by William Shakespeare. He also scored the highly acclaimed musical Betsey Brown by Emily Mann and Ntozake Shange, and the 1995 Tony Award ��" nominated Broadway hit, Having Our Say by Emily Mann.

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"Like Miles Davis, Clark Terry and Lester Bowie, Baikida Carroll is a cutting edge St. Louis trumpet player. Carroll is a brilliant, demanding and innovative composer and soloist, with a big, commanding sound, tone and attack. Always in demand, Carroll is revered by his peers and has my total admiration and respect" _ Quincy Troupe Author of Miles and Me, co-author of Miles: The Autobiography (2002)

"Colorful, loose and imaginative are meek understatements when describing the sumptuous music on Marionettes on a High Wire." -John Murph, Down Beat

"There's a beautiful kind of daring in the music -- a rough tenderness in Carroll's trumpet tone, a palpable spiritual commitment from all the players involved. Carroll and his group unleash a highly adventurous sound...a freshness and multi-dimensionality that is truly rare." -David Adler, All Music Guide

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