Jazz Series Presents Gala Festival Concert with Jazz Trombonist Tony Baker



Jan. 27, 2011–The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music’s second concert of the 2011 Jazz Series will feature Tony Baker, jazz trombonist on the faculty of the University of North Texas in a Feb. 11 performance.

This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.  The concert will feature music for the big band, which traditionally includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section.  

Baker has performed with groups such as the Woody Herman Band and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.  He has also performed on stage with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Steve Turre, Terry Gibbs, John Fedchock, Chris Vadala and Jiggs Whigham. As a jazz clinician, Baker is on the faculty of summer jazz workshops at the University of North Texas and Northwest College in Cody, Wyo.  Past jazz workshops at which he was a clinician include the 2000, 2001 and 2002 University of North Texas Jazz Combo Clinics, the 2001 and 2002 University of North Texas Jazz Trumpet and Trombone Workshops, the 2001 and 2002 Yellowstone Jazz Camps, the 2002 Redbud Jazz Festival and the 1999 Capital University Jazz Week.  Baker recently accepted an invitation to serve as the All-State Conductor of the 2004-2005 Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensemble. 

He has recorded with the Sounds of Blackness and can be heard with this group on their Grammy-nominated compact disc, “Time for Healing.” From October 1997 to April 2000 Baker was lead trombonist of the Columbus-based professional big band Jazz-to-Go. The recipient of many prizes and awards, Baker’s honors include a first place finish in brass performance in the 1991 Music Teachers National Association Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist National Competition.

Studio Jazz Ensemble

Journalist Sam Blackwell reviewed this ensemble in the “Southeast Missourian” after its October 2009 concert and remarked that “the Studio Jazz Band …simply astonished!”  This band will take the stage performing selections including “Groove Blues” and “Black Orpheus.”  With Baker, they will perform the standard “Pennies from Heaven” and a trombone section feature, “Hip Bones.”  Many Southeast students will be featured soloists, including Spencer Day on tenor sax, Nate Nall on trumpet and Jason Heeter on bass. 

Jazz Lab Band

Southeast’s Jazz Lab Band will round out the evening with Baker as soloist. This ensemble will also feature talented Southeast students as soloists, including Ethan Flood on alto saxophone, Jermal Gray on trumpet and Kyle Clay on bass.  This band is comprised of both music and non-music majors and will be playing a variety of jazz compositions.



May be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at metrotix.com, keyword “jazz concert” or by calling toll-free (800) 293-5949.