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February 26, 2015 / ivytechartspartner

David Baker Artist of the Week

David Baker is a Distinguished Professor of Music and Chairman of the Jazz Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as well as conductor and musical and artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. A virtuoso performer on multiple instruments and top in his field in several disciplines, Baker has taught and performed throughout the world, including in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan. He received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Indiana University and has studied with a wide range of master teachers, performers and composers, including J.J. Johnson, Janos Starker, George Russell and William Russo. A 1973 Pulitzer Prize nominee, Baker was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1979 and has been honored with prestigious awards three times by Down Beat magazine. He has more than 65 recordings, 60 books and 400 articles to his credit. His service in music organizations is wide-ranging and includes membership on the National Council on the Arts; board positions for the American Symphony Orchestra League, Arts Midwest and the Afro-American Bicentennial Hall of Fame/Museum; past chairs of the Jazz Advisory Panel to the Kennedy Center and the Jazz/Folk/Ethnic Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts and has served a number of times on the Pulitzer Prize Music Jury. He currently serves as senior consultant for music programs for the Smithsonian Institution.     The City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee has announced that world-renowned composer, educator and writer, David Baker, is recipient of the 2015 Black History Month Living Legend Award. The Living Legend Award was created to recognize, honor and thank African-Americans in Bloomington who have given their time, talents and resources to make a difference in the Bloomington community and beyond. Their contributions and their lives have broken boundaries, created legacies and provided inspiration to many.     He will be honored along with the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males’ Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow at this year’s City of Bloomington Black History Month Gala on Feb. 28, as part of the month long celebration of “Black History Month – Bloomington Style.” Tickets are available at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater box office,114 E. Kirkwood Ave., or online at   For a full list of events, visit,  or the Commission on the Status of Black Males,   Join us in celebrating David Baker for all of his outstanding accomplishments and influence in Bloomington and beyond!

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