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David Baker: A Legacy in Music by Monika Herzig

A comprehensive look at a respected composer and educator

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David Baker: A Legacy in Music (Indiana University Press) is a comprehensive look at a composer and jazz educator whose disciples include such prominent names as Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Chris Botti and many others.

In addition to the biographical focus on Baker-who serves as the conductor and artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra-the book also offers up a great deal of analysis of Baker’s music and teaching methods. The writing is detail-oriented due to the technical nature of the subject matter; and therefore certain chapters are not aimed at the casual reader. Several former students (Nathan Davis, J.B. Dyas, Brent Wallarab) have chapters and speak to Baker’s mentoring, pedagogy and compositional techniques.

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