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Newman Taylor Baker

Newman Taylor Baker is a drummer best known for Singin' Drums, his exploration of the washboard, and his work with musicians Henry Threadgill, Billy Bang, Henry Grimes, Leroy Jenkins, and Diedre Murray and choreographers Mickey Davidson and Joanne Tucker

Mr.Baker currently performs in the ensembles of Makoto Kuriya, Jemeel Moondoc, Sylwester Ostrowski, Henrique Prince, Cheryl Pyle and Matthew Shipp, among others.

Singin' Drums, his solo drumset project, has also featured collaborations with fellow drummers Horacee Arnold, Steve Berrios, Susie Ibarra. In 2012, Mr. Baker collaborated with his niece, mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker, along with pianist Richard Lewis, on Singin' Drums: Voice and Drum which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.Baker released his premiere solo drum recording, Drum Suite Life, on Innova label in 2013.

For the past five years, Newman T. Baker has been developing creative music for the washboard. He currently performs as a duo with guitarist Marvin Sewell and has recently launched Washboard XT to explore new musical territory in the quartet and quintet setting. Baker has been performing with the Ebony Hillbillies since 2010.

Mr. Baker currently offers clinics and master classes in collaboration with saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowki to music conservatories throughout Poland. With Mickey D and Friends and the Avodah Dance Company, hebrings dance/music residencies and workshops to schools, communities and correctional facilities throughout the U.S.

Newman Taylor Baker has served as peer review panelist for such organizations as American Composer Forum and Chamber Music America.


Newman Taylor Baker was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Meet The Composer grant.


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Henry Grimes Trio w/ Andrew Lamb & Newman Taylor Baker named "Best Jazz Trio"

Henry Grimes Trio w/ Andrew Lamb & Newman Taylor Baker named "Best Jazz Trio"

Source: All About Jazz

Henry Grimes Trio featuring Andrew Lamb and Newman Taylor Baker designated “Best Jazz Trio of the Year" by “NYPress" in its “Best of Manhattan" issue, 1O/O4!! “Henry Grimes plays the bass with absolute control, spinning tales without words, enriching the room with the depth of his bass. Newman Taylor Baker can capture any rhythm and will surprise you two or three times each show with how far he can take percussion. And Andrew Lamb works his saxophone and flute, paying ...



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Fire Within

Pine Eagle Records


World Construct



Mary Had a Baby

Self Produced


The Shape Of Things

Pine Eagle Records



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