Baker, David (jazz) (Nathaniel) [Dave]
- Paul Rinzler
(b Indianapolis, Dec 21, 1931; d Bloomington, IN, March 26, 2016). American trombonist, cellist, composer, writer, and educator. He studied at Indiana University (BMEd 1953, MMEd 1954) and worked towards a doctorate while touring with various big bands, including that of Lionel Hampton. Having played on the West Coast with Stan Kenton (1956) and Maynard Ferguson (1957) he led his own big band in Indianapolis (1958–9) and then worked in experimental small groups led by George Russell (1959–62) and in Quincy Jones’s orchestra (1961). Baker was a highly promising trombonist until 1962, when the effects of an injury sustained in 1953 forced him to abandon his instrument. He took up cello (recording with Charles Tyler in 1967), but by the 1970s was playing trombone again. He recorded on trombone with Bill Evans (ii) in an orchestra directed by Russell in ...