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David Baker Celebration to feature IU Jacobs School of Music faculty, students and alumni

Jan. 12, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will honor the life and work of late Distinguished Professor David N. Baker with two events Saturday, Jan. 21, in Bloomington’s Musical Arts Center.

Jazz legend Baker joined the Jacobs School of Music faculty in 1966, subsequently founding the Jacobs Jazz Studies program and serving as its chair from 1968 to 2013. He died March 26, 2016.

Festivities will include a concert showcasing Baker’s music at 7 p.m. performed by Jacobs School jazz faculty, students and alumni, with a public reception immediately following in the Musical Arts Center lobby.

The first half of the evening will include the Bloomington Trio—Ilya Friedberg, piano; Susan Moses, cello; and Hyewon Yang, violin—playing movements from “Roots II” and a string ensemble performing “Pastorale.”

The second half of the concert will include music from Baker’s 21st Century Bebop Band and his music for big band played by a faculty/student/alumni ensemble led by Jacobs professor Brent Wallarab.

Other featured Jacobs faculty include Jeremy Allen, bass; Rob Dixon, Walter Smith III and Tom Walsh, saxophone; Luke Gillespie, piano; Pat Harbison, trumpet; and Steve Houghton, drums.

Alumni Rahsaan Barber and Jon Gudmundson, saxophone; Roland Barber, trombone; Scott Belck, trumpet; Todd Coolman, bass; and Deno Sanders, drums, will also perform as part of the ensemble.

A panel discussion about Baker’s work, moderated by David Brent Johnson, host of WFIU’s “Just You and Me” and “Night Lights” jazz programs, will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Musical Arts Center lobby. In addition to Wallarab and Rahsaan and Roland Barber, the panel will include Baker’s daughter, April Baker Ayers, jazz educator J.B. Dyas, jazz pianist and educator Monika Herzig and Jacobs professor emeritus Dominic Spera.

Free concert tickets are available at the Musical Arts Center Box Office, 812-855-7433, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30.p.m Monday through Friday. The concert will be video-streamed live via IUMusicLive!

In honor of Baker’s extraordinary career and devotion to his students, the Jacobs School of Music established The David N. Baker Jazz Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be made to The David N. Baker Jazz Scholarship at the Jacobs School of Music, c/o Indiana University Foundation, P.O. Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6460. For more information, please contact the Jacobs School of Music Office of Development at 812-855-4737.