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Jeff Baker

Called “…one of the best male vocalists in the jazz world today,” by WCLK in Atlanta, Jeff Baker has quickly become one of the most significant talents in the next generation of jazz vocalists. His diverse musical recordings, exciting live performances, and infectious energy and personality have gained him accolades from critics and listeners alike. Baker has headlined numerous festivals and clubs, and has shared the billing and played with some of jazz music’s top artists including: Ray Brown, Gene Harris, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Steve Wilson, Bobby Hutcherson, Carla Cook, Marquis Hill, the Yellow Jackets, Mose Allison, Kenny Werner, Joey DeFrancesco, Joe LaBarbera, Bruce Barth, Darrell Grant, Karrin Allyson, Nancy King, Henry Butler, Dave Frishberg, Gene Harris, Orrin Evans, Clark Sommers, George Colligan, Randy Porter and many more! Jeff has performed throughout the U.S., and has enjoyed performance engagements in central Europe and South Africa

Phrases

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Neruda, And So It Goes, People of Paper, Ballad of the Sad Young Men, Harbor, Lost, A Hundred Less One, Salinger, Not Cause I Wanted To, Stay Alive, Don't Worry 'Bout Me

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Popular Tracks: 2018

Read "Popular Tracks: 2018" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often a featured song is heard, and the following represent the most popular in 2018. If you missed them the first time around, give them a listen now, and enjoy! Sway Sara LaCombe Sophisticated Lady Saraphim Records Featured: August 26, 2018 ...

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Baker: Phrases

Read "Phrases" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After a seven-year absence, vocalist/composer/arranger/educator and foremost fan of the Boise State Broncos, Jeff Baker has returned to the studio to add to his already impressive discography, which includes: Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004); Monologue (OA2, 2005); Shopping for Your Heart (OA2, 2007); Of Things Not Seen (OA2, 2009). The distance between the earthy, ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Of Things Not Seen

Read "Of Things Not Seen" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

How Jeff Baker avoided full coverage at All About Jazz is beyond me, but now is a fine time to write this wrong. In 2009, Baker took a professional and stylistic chance in producing a jazz treatment of songs from the American Christian Songbook, Of Things Not Seen. He had worked up to this bold statement ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Phrases," Jazz Vocalist Jeff Baker's 5th Album & First To Feature His Original Music, Due January 19 On OA2 Records

"Phrases," Jazz Vocalist Jeff Baker's 5th Album & First To Feature His Original Music, Due January 19 On OA2 Records

After a seven-year hiatus from recording, contemporary jazz vocalist Jeff Baker is preparing to release Phrases, his fifth and most ambitious album to date. The new CD, due from OA2 Records on January 19, marks Baker’s debut as a composer, with seven of the album’s songs featuring his music and lyrics. The album takes its title ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Henry Darragh: Too Much Monday

Read "Too Much Monday" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

My introduction to Houston Jazz came with the receipt of Jacqui Sutton's Billie & Dolly (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions, 2010). A few short months later, I received Henry Darragh's Tell Her for Me (Self Produced, 2011). When I compared the musical personnel for each of these recordings, a light came on in my pea brain alerting ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eliane Elias: I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker

Read "I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It is tempting to consider Chet Baker hommages like Jeff Baker's excellent Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004) or John Proulx's sublime Baker's dozen: Remembering Chet Baker (MAXJAZZ, 2009) superior to the real item. So fractured is our picture of Baker that our full appreciation of him is clouded by his extra-musical proclivities. But it is not ...

Clipper Anderson: Ballad of the Sad Young Men

Read "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hidden in the basement of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington is bassist/vocalist Clipper Anderson. Not ringing any bells? That's because he has been a sideman, buried behind the principals on upwards of 60 recordings while recording as leader on two previous releases: And to All a Goodnight (Origin Records, 2011) and The Road Home (Origin ...


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