Jazz greats, and all Indiana University alumni, Randy Brecker, John Clayton, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Jeff Hamilton and more will perform alongside current Indiana University Jacobs School of Music jazz faculty members Tom Walsh and Walter Smith III to pay tribute to their beloved teacher, the late jazz luminary and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor David Baker. This once-in-a-lifetime concert will feature some of David’s original works mixed in with a variety of the jazz and big band music David loved.
One of the most revered jazz educators in American history, Baker founded the Jazz Studies program at Indiana University and served as its chair from 1968 to 2013. In addition, he taught, composed, and performed throughout the world. Baker’s prolific body of work includes more than 65 recordings, 70 books, 400 articles, and over 2,000 compositions. He co-founded the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and served as its conductor and musical and artistic director from 1990 to 2012, becoming maestro emeritus on Dec. 1, 2012. He was honored three times by DownBeat magazine: as a trombonist, for lifetime achievement and as the third inductee into its Jazz Education Hall of Fame. He died March 26, 2016.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the David N. Baker Jazz Scholarship at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.