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Tom Baker Dies at 49

Tom Baker, a multi-instrumentalist who was one of the leading lights on the Australian jazz scene, passed away while on tour on Oct. 23 at a hospital in Breda, Holland, after a heart attack. He was 49.

Baker was born Sept. 14, 1952 in Oakland, and grew up there, graduating from Escalon High School in 1969 and continuing musical studies at Modesto Junior College and the University of the Pacific. In early childhood, he played piano, but moved on to trumpet in high school, and put in some work on the tuba in college.

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