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David Baker, 1931-2016

David Baker, 1931-2016

I am sad to learn of the death yesterday at 84 of the trombonist, cellist, composer and music educator David Baker. Baker founded Indiana University’s Jazz Studies program and taught at IU for decades. Dozens of his students went on to distinguished jazz careers. He was a trombonist with the Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson and Quincy ...


A Conversation with NEA Jazz Master David Baker

A Conversation with NEA Jazz Master David Baker

David Baker on the cello, which became his second instrument after an accident ended his trombone days. When friend and Jazz Education Network board colleague (and fine keyboardist in her own right) Monika Herzig—a proud Indiana University grad and student of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master David Baker—asked me to contribute a chapter to ...


David Baker: A Legacy in Music

Read "David Baker: A Legacy in Music" reviewed by Monika Herzig

This article appears in Chapter 2 “A Star is Born" of David Baker: A Legacy in Music by Monika Herzig (Indiana Univ. Press, 2011). The George Russell Sextet Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 23, 1923, George Russell started out as a drummer and soon entered the New York jazz scene.32 Bouts ...


New Book Chronicles the Life and Times of NEA Jazz Master David Baker

New Book Chronicles the Life and Times of NEA Jazz Master David Baker

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—David Baker has received just about every honor imaginable in his 60-year career as a jazz musician and educator. The Distinguished Professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has recorded extensively, been acclaimed for his playing, writing and arranging, and done more than just about anyone to establish and shape college-level teaching of ...


"David Baker: A Legacy in Music" By Monika Herzig, with a Foreword by Quincy Jones

"David Baker: A Legacy in Music" By Monika Herzig, with a Foreword by Quincy Jones

From Studio to Stage with One of the World's Best-Loved Living Legends in Music BLOOMINGTON, Ind. A Living Legend, musician, educator, and composer David Baker has made a distinctive mark on the world of music in his nearly 60-year career—as performer (chiefly on trombone and cello), educator, composer, and conductor. In this richly illustrated volume accompanied ...


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