Jeff Baker began his career in front of a crowd of ten thousand, as one of the youngest vocalists to ever win the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival ?Vocal Solo Competition?. Only 16 years old at the time, his first truly ?big? performance was backed by the Lionel Hampton Trio!
In 1997, Baker accepted a scholarship from Willamette University to sing with the Internationally Renowned vocal jazz ensemble, The Willamette Singers, a group which has performed at international conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and the International Association of Jazz Educators. While attending Willamette University, Baker received multiple awards and honors for his unbelievable skill as a jazz vocalist. In 1998, Baker formed the jazz Quintet ?One Way to Where.? Comprised of talented, young jazz musicians, OWTW quickly became one of the most popular jazz groups in the Northwest, and recorded it?s first album, ?Straightforward? during the summer of 2000.