Andrea Baker: Biography

Andrea Baker is a critically acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist. Noted jazz critic, Leonard Feather, has compared Andrea to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and Jazz Improv Magazine called her a female Sinatra. Don Heckman of the LA Times proclaimed her a musician's singer. Her many CD's have likewise garnered rave reviews and have received nationwide airplay on jazz stations including heavy play from Chuck Niles of KJZZ. Veteran singer, Johnny Mathis, endorsed her latest CD, Candles in the Wind calling her a vocal "gem." A recent appearance in Kansas City brought her the highest praise from Downbeat critic, Chuck Berg. Andrea is guest vocalist on the newly released DVD, Steve Wilkerson; Live and in Session. In addition to her vocal prowess, Andrea is an accomplished guitarist, bassist, pianist, composer and arranger. She was production advisor on The Art of Jazz Saxophone for Hal Leonard Corporation and produced two critically acclaimed CD's for her husband, veteran saxophonist, Steve Wilkerson - Shaw 'Nuff (proclaimed a top pick by Jazz Journal International and featured in a major article in Downbeat Magazine) and It's a Blues Sorta Thing with organist, Joey DeFranceso for which she penned the title track.

Andrea is also an esteemed jazz educator. In 2006 she was named Director of Jazz Studies for Pasadena City College where she heads up a large and diversified department. As director of the acclaimed Studio Jazz Ensemble, Andrea has led the ensemble on five CD's, one with saxophone icon, Gary Foster. She has presented the band in appearances throughout the city at top rated jazz spots including the Playboy Jazz Festival and the Jazz Bakery. Andrea also directs the PCC Jazz/Rock Big Band, teaches jazz improvisation, jazz history and jazz voice. Andrea earned a Bachelor's in Music Education from the University of Tulsa where she sang with their award winning jazz ensemble and also won the coveted vocal award. Her Masters in Vocal Performance is from Pittsburg State University in Kansas where she studied with Margaret Thuenemann.

A professional musician since age fourteen, Andrea has performed with many top names in jazz including the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Frank Capp Juggernaut Band, the Ray Anthony Orchestra, the Billy May Orchestra, the Jack Sheldon Big Band, and with guitar legend, Barney Kessel. She has sung for Crystal Cruise Lines and the NAMM show. Equally at home with vocal or instrumental jazz, Andrea travels as an artist/clinician and also adjudicates.

In 2005 Andrea was inducted into the prestigious Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for her many jazz endeavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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