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 careeras performer (chiefly on trombone and cello), educator, composer, and conductor.
In this richly illustrated volume accompanied by a full-length CD, with a foreword by Quincy Jones, Monika Herzig explores Baker's artistic legacy, from his days as a jazz musician in Indianapolis to his long-term appointment as Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Jazz Studies department at Indiana University. This year, Baker will celebrate his eightieth birthday in Indianapolis on December 21 hosted by Owl Studios with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra.
Baker's credits are striking: in the 1960s he was a member of the George Russell Sextet as well as leader of his own groups, performer with Quincy Jones, Slide Hampton, Stan Kenton, and many more. By the 1980s he was in the jazz educator's hall of fame. His compositions have been recorded by performers as diverse as Dexter Gordon and Janos Starker, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Czech Philharmonic.
Featuring enlightening interviews with Baker and a CD of unreleased performances as well as a variety of samples of Baker's compositions, this book brings a living legend into clear view.
Monika Herzig, who is a member of the Arts Administration faculty at Indiana University in Bloomington, is a recording artist for Owl Studios and a touring jazz pianist. Her music has received awards from Down Beat Magazine, ASCAP, and Billboard. Herzig teaches classes on the music industry and community arts organizations at Indiana University.
David Baker: A Legacy in Music
By Monika Herzig, with a foreword by Quincy Jones
440 pages, 45 b&w illus., 44 music exx., 6 x 9
Cloth ISBN 978-0-253-35657-4 $29.95
eBook ISBN 978-0-253-00524-3 $24.95
Publication Date: November 1, 2011