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Monday, January 10, 2011

DCD 107 - David Baker: Jazz Concertos

David Baker has enjoyed a remarkable career both as a jazz musician and a classical composer. He's worked with some of the biggest names in both fields (and currently serves as conductor and artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

When Baker first started composing in the "third stream," he was commissioned by James Pellerite, a fellow faculty member at Indiana University School of Music at Bloomington. The result was a flute concerto, which was recorded by Laurel Records.

Also on this Laurel Records release is Baker's concerto for violin and jazz band. For the recording, an all-star group was assembled by Carmen Dragon, who conducted the work for the session.

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This episode we play selections from this David Baker concerto release:

Baker: Concerto for Flute, String Quartet, and Jazz Band, Mvt. 1
James Pellerite, flute
David Baker, conductor

Baker: Concerto for Violin and Jazz Band
James Getzoff, violin
Carmen Dragon, conductor

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