Lynn Baker

Lynn Baker is an active saxophone performer and clinician, performing with his own Lynn Baker Quartet, the free-improvisation trio Rhythmic_Void, performing with and directing the Rocky Mountain Jazz Repertoire Orchestra, and programming the jazz series at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle Performing Arts Series. His clinician appearances at colleges, universities, high schools, and festivals have taken him across the North American continent and to Asia. He is a Origin Records recording artist with his debut release on that label scheduled for September 2010.

Lynn is an award-winning composer, performer, and educator winning the 1987 Westside Composer Award (Minneapolis, MN), the 1995 COVisions Award for Jazz Composition, the 1980 Ruth Loraine Close award in performance from the University of Oregon, and the 2005 Downbeat Magazine award for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz Education �” College Level and students and ensembles from Lamont are frequent Downbeat Student Music Award winners.

Lynn is also the Director of the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Program at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, where he directs the Lamont Jazz Orchestra, coaches combos, and teaches Jazz Improvisation and Composition class, Jazz History classes, and Jazz Techniques classes. Lynn holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University and has also studied at Mt Hood Community College with Larry McVeigh and at Indiana University with David Baker, Dominic Spera and Eugene Robinson

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”You were there at the beginning!” John Zorn, March 1996 Said to Lynn in a Knitting Factory greenroom

“a monster saxophonist / composer” Eric Troe KUVO Radio

About Lynn's Playing

“The consummate skill set he brings to the table is beyond impressive. He is an accomplished saxophonist and doubler equally at home in Bebop, Classical and those organic improvisational contexts which demand not only a superior technical mastery of the instrument but a total trust of the intuitive and ability to deliver a sonic integrity emanating from the WHOLE MUSICIAN, not a rehashing of vocabulary which has long been codified beyond the point where anything fresh and new can be said.” Richard Boukas, Malandro Recording Artist, artist-faculty at the New School Jazz & Contemporary Music Program, New York City Former IAJE Resource Chair in Brazilian Music

“Lynn Baker plays saxophone in a way that exceeds any narrow definition of 'Jazz.' Yes, he gives genuine respect to all the eras of the art, playing the Bebop part for example

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

BIG BAND WORKSHOP: Over twenty-five years of college jazz ensemble directing have provided me with many educational insights that I would be happy to share with your ensemble. Whether we work on music that you are preparing, or some of my arrangements, I'll do my best to elevate the individual and ensemble in a fun and productive way. COMBO WORKSHOP: I enjoy coaching small ensembles in the nuance of jazz - whether it is ensemble playing, accompanying, or soloing

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Discography

Troubled Pen

Troubled Pen

Lynn Baker
LectroCoustic

Spinning

Spinning

Lynn Baker
Azure Intention

Color Line

Color Line

Lynn Baker
Azure Intention

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