David Baker

  • A performer, composer and educator
  • Born in Indianapolis on Dec. 21, 1931 and passed away in March 2016
  • Founded Indiana University’s jazz studies program in 1968
  • David Baker along with Gunther Schuller were the original artistic directors of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, established in 1990
  • Recognition:
    • Named Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2000
    • Named a Living Jazz Legend by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2007

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