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Jalen Baker

Jalen Baker, born in Washington DC and raised in Houston, TX, is a vibraphonist, percussionist, educator, and composer whose early training involved both classical and jazz. He decided rather early on to focus on jazz and in May 2017, Jalen received his BA in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago. While matriculating at Columbia College Jalen studied with percussionist Jarrett Hicks. He distinguished himself as a jazz vibraphonist and received several accolades including outstanding soloist at both the Notre Dame and Elmhurst Jazz Festivals and was one of two students chosen to represent Columbia at the Arcevia Jazz Festival in Arcevia Italy


Be Still

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2023
Track listing: T'Was; Be Still; Lexi's Lullaby; Herzog; Jinrikisha; There's Beauty In Fear; The Light; Body & Soul.


Article: Live Review

Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Jazz Alley

Read "Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jeremy Pelt Quintet Jazz Alley Seattle, WA November 7, 2023 At forty seven years of age, trumpeter/composer Jeremy Pelt came of age as a musician in the mid-1990's as a young member of the Mingus Big Band. He benefited greatly during that time and in the years that followed, from the ...


Article: Album Review

Jalen Baker: Be Still

Read "Be Still" reviewed by Neil Duggan

When studying to become a jazz drummer, students are often exposed to other percussion instruments in the course of their studies and sometimes that results in finding a specialty. That was the case for Jalen Baker, who started experimenting on the vibraphone and has now gone on to be one of the most compelling players around. ...


Article: Album Review

Jalen Baker: Be Still

Read "Be Still" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Tenor saxophonist and record executive Cory Weeds presents another album in the series of releases by up-and-coming black artists, to give them a voice which might not otherwise be heard. In this case, the artist is vibraphonist Jalen Baker; he and his frequent collaborators, pianist Paul Cornish, bassist Gabriel Godoy and drummer Gavin Moolchan, run through ...


This is Me, This is Us

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: So Help Me God; Don’t Shoot; Interlude (Prayer for the Fallen); Healing; Patience; We Regret to Inform You; Praise; Faith; Obey Disobey; Love’s in Need of Love Today.


Article: Album Review

Jalen Baker: This is Me, This is Us

Read "This is Me, This is Us" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Joining the ranks of young vibraphonists with skills galore, Jalen Baker brings a lot to the table on his debut record, This is Me, This is Us. Like Joel Ross, Sasha Berliner and Warren Wolf—the last of whom provides liner notes for the album—Baker's ambition goes beyond instrumental virtuosity. His compositional aims are just as impressive, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sarah Wilson, Elliot Sharp, Elliot Sharp, Giovanni Guidi & Other New Releases

Read "Sarah Wilson, Elliot Sharp, Elliot Sharp, Giovanni Guidi & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We're back to our periodic perusal of the best new releases, from the groove of the Band of Other Brothers and the Bogie Band to the show-stopping electric blues of Elliot Sharp's Terraplane and the sheer beauty of the latest albums by Sarah Wilson and Hank Roberts.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Four Brand New Heavies

Read "Four Brand New Heavies" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Four recent releases by four artists new to the boys--two offering their debuts to the world. We've got a couple of vibe-meisters (is that instrument getting hot all of a sudden?), a disciple of Darcy James Argue, and a good old-fashioned small-group jazz album with a thematic thing going on. Oh yeah, and in a completely ...


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