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Wade Baker   [wader62784]
Cincinnati Ohio United States
Jazz SoloCommercial/Recording
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Contact me for: Performance opportunities & Trumpet instruction
If one were attempting to design a prototype for the quintessential contemporary musician, trumpeter/fluegelhornist/bassist/composer Wade Baker would be an ideal model. A certified member of the hip-hop generation, Wade's early aspirations in the world of hip-hop & rock music took precedence over the trumpet that he began playing in the sixth grade. When he reached twenty, his dedication to the art of jazz took shape.

Rather than abandoning the music he loved, he simply applied its energy, spirit and fiercely proud intellectual rage to the jazz idiom, creating a synthesis that is truly contemporary.

Baker has developed his sound from a wide variety of musical influences. He weaves together elements of R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll and Hip-Hop into a progressive jazz style that pays tribute to its tradition while also applying modern concepts to the form

Born in a small town in southern Illinois, Baker was two years old when his family moved to Jasper, IN. Always interested in music, at the age of 12, he selected the trumpet as his instrument. At Jasper High School, Baker started playing for his school band where his friends Justin LaGrange and Branden Voegerl, another talented young trumpeter, and the band director Pat Keeley fueled his musical interest.

After spending 4 years at the University of Indianapolis on a music & academic scholarship, Baker moved to Cincinnati,OH to work on his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the prestigious University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While in Cincinnati Baker kept himself busy by starting his own jazz quintet and hosting a jam session at the famed Greenwich Tavern for over an entire year. He would also freelance and work odd jobs.

As luck would have it, Baker became acquainted with the talented young blues-man Jon Justice and the musical chemistry was instantaneous. In June of 2007 The two young men cut Jon's second record in Nashville, TN at Shadow Lane Studios. Baker provided the bass guitar and trumpet tracks on the entirety of the record. Currently the Rebound has been in the top 20 on the International Blues and Roots Charts for the last 13 weeks.

Suffering undue criticism from the neo-conservative jazz mainstream for his long hair and extravagant style of dress, Baker's innate musical abilities and command of all musical styles from funk to the avant-garde evidenced a serious new talent was on the scene.

Baker's eclectic musical approach also brought him together with artists like Moe Z M.D. , Marla Thomas, DJ Jahson, Eclipse & MC RANDM while continuing to perform with his own groups and push the boundaries of how music is heard.

With a singular style that incorporates the influences of masters like Roy Hargrove, Russell Gunn, and Nicholas Payton, Baker has continued to gain recognition for his own music through touring throughout the Midwest and constantly performing in the Cincinnati metro area.