||The Andrea Baker Quintet wit Steve Wilkerson will be appearing at
322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA
Great jazz room and great food!
||I'll be recording with my quintet in February - Steve Wilkerson, tenor
Jon Mayer, piano
Chris Colangelo, bass
Ramon Banda, drums
Working on an exciting list of tunes.
||I will be singing on a very special program May 7 in Harbeson Hall on the PCC Campus. Our guest artist-in-residence this year is world renowned composer, Morten Lauridsen. We will be presenting an evening of his chamber music. I will be singing his song - Where Have The Actors Gone? accompanied by the brilliant Laraine Stivers on piano.
May 7, 2010
||I have a really cool gig coming up on January 21, 2010 at the South Pasadena Public Library. I will be singing on a program that features noted writer, Bill Boyarsky and his latest book, Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times. Joining me will be Steve Wilkerson and Tony Campodonico (piano) We’ll be performing a library related set of songs to accompany the evening’s festivities. The lively free event will take place in the Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends.
||I'll be the featured vocalist with the famed Tulsa Symphony on November 21 of this year. I'll be working with trumpet great, Walter White of the Lincoln Center Orchestra and we'll be performing the great American Songbook with tunes from George Gershwin, Fats Waller, etc. Check out the website and more publicity to follow.
Tulsa Symphony Website
||I'll be the guest conductor for the Pasadena Unified School District's All Star Jazz Band in concert Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 pm as part of the PUSD Annual Music Festival. The festival will be in the Pasadena High School Auditorium
2925 E Sierra Madre Blvd
We'll be doing the music of Sammy Nestico, Eric Dixon, Thad Jones, Herbie Hancock and Luiz Bonfa. The kids are terrific so come on out.
||I'll be in concert with my trio -- Tony Compodonico, piano, Ralph Penland, drums, and Chris Conner, bass for part of the PCC Music 10 Series - Thursday, March 19, 2009 at noon in Harbeson Hall - NW corner of the PCC Campus at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106-2003
||I'll be singing with the fabulous Jon Mayer and his trio on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Cafe 322 - a very hip jazz club in beauiful Sierra Madre. The address is 322 W Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024-2313 7:30--10:30pm pm
The food is excellent. I hope to see you there.
||Steve and I will be the special guests of the very hip, Hip Pocket Band at this year?s Redlands Summer Jazz Concert, August 12 at the famous Redlands Bowl. The Hip Pocket Big Band is under the direction of celebrated composer/arranger Sandy Megas. We?ll be performing songs from several of our CD?s that Sandy orchestrated for us. Don?t miss this sell-out event on August 12 at 8:15 pm in Redlands. Check the website for details.
||Saturday May 24 I will be appearing with and directing the Pasadena City College Studio Jazz Ensemble at the LA Jazz Institute's big event, The Stage Door Swings. Our event is concert 9 - from noon- 1:00pm, poolside at the Four Points Sheraton LAX 9750 Airport Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
Check out www.lajazzinstitute.org for all the events.
||I will be presenting a faculty jazz artist concert on March 1, 2008 at Harbeson Hall on the Pasadena City College Campus - 1570 E. Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. I will be backed by the John Hammond Trio - John Hammond, piano; Jim Hugart, bass and Ralph Penland, drums. Admission for the event is $10.00 general and $5.00 for students and seniors. I hope to see you for this musical evening. For more information go to www.pccjazz.com where you will see a host of musical events for the spring season.
||I hope to see you all at our last concert of the season, this Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at Sexson Auditorium on the Pasadena City College Camopus. Our two fantastic big bands will perform along with a terrific student combo. Downbeat is at 8 pm with tickets going for $5.00 general admission and $3.00 for students/staff/seniors. Have a blessed holiday season! Andrea
||Hey, Folks - this is going to be a fantastic concert! Hope to see you there! Andrea
Three fantastic bands-
One unforgettable evening!
Pasadena City College
Performing & Communication Arts Division
The PCC Big Combo
Bobby Bradford, director
The Jazz Rock Big Band
The Studio Jazz Ensemble
Andrea Baker, director
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena., CA 91106
Admission $5.00 General
$3.00 Students, Seniors, PCC Staff
Parking is $2 in any student lot
(Purchase permit in any ticket vending machine.)
For more information call 626 585-7216
||I recently became aware of a new album by one of the finest singers I've ever heard. Thomas Quasthoff is one of the leading bass baritones in today's classical world. What is also phenomenal about this German lieder singer is the ease with which he crosses over into the world of pop and jazz. I have never heard a classical artist do this so brilliantly with total spontaneity and the ability to not only swing you to death but scatting with titillating aplomb. (See him on Youtube ? Thomas Quasthoff - All Blues.) Since German is his native tongue it is all the more impressive that he has mastered not only the English language but all the nuances of the language as well. His inflections are reminiscent of Sinatra, Bennet and Sammy Davis Jr. and yet he brings to the table something totally his own.
I was made aware of Quasthoff from alto saxophonist, Gary Foster, who appeared on Thomas Quasthoff - The Jazz Album on Deutsche Grammophon. This is a delightful musical journey with swinging standards and lush, gorgeous ballads - beautifully scored by Nan Schwartz. Thomas' voice is exquisite in all regards. (Listen to some of his Schubert lieder!!!)When this million-dollar instrument sings Gerswhin, Wonder and LeGrand, you will simply melt! Check it out!
The Jazz Album
Watch What Happens
||Place one hand on top of the other with the palms flat and press together. This contrary isometric motion is similar to what we strive for in proper breath support. We control airflow in the same way ? the balanced use of the breathing muscles gives us improved breath management and the ability to carry a phrase in a musical fashion.
Take a deep breath and let the ribs expand outward. Remember the shoulders have little to do with the breath so keep them down and relaxed. Don?t lift them up. This only causes unwanted tension. As you draw in the breath, keep the ribs expanded for as long as you can while at the same time letting the diaphragm (the organ that separates the thorax from the digestive organs) continue to push downward as you sing. This keeps the breath you just took into the lungs and throat pressurized to the proper degree for your musical tone.
||Great breath support and control are essential for proper vocal production, regardless of the singing style. There are even many fine singers who aren?t using one fourth of the potential they have because they ignore the secrets of the breath. Especially in jazz this can be overlooked because we often sing at very soft levels and with the aid of a microphone. At extremely soft levels, breathing becomes all the more important. We all know that singing or playing softly is far more demanding than singing or playing at a loud level, therefore breathing becomes our best ally. I can talk for hours on breath so more to come?..
Feel free to email me with comments or questions.
||Hey, Guys - this coming Sunday, August 19, I'll be a special guest of the fabulous 2AZZ1 Band at Spaghettini's Italian Grill and Jazz Club - 3005 Old Ranch Parkway Seal Beach, CA 90740 during their Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm. Saxophonist extraordinaire, Steve Wilkerson, will also be with me.