David N. Baker

Also known by his full name, David Nathaniel Baker, Jr., David N. Baker has set the poetry of many American writers, especially African American writers. He has had a distinguished career as both a performer and composer.

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Born in Indianapolis, David Baker studied music education at Indiana University.

Baker was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award. He was the conductor and musical & artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, as well as a professor at Indiana University. He founded the jazz studies program at Indiana University in 1968.

–Christie Finn

Source: New York Times

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Sheet Music

David N. Baker Sheet Music

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Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers, Compiled by Willis C. Patterson

Composer(s): H. Leslie Adams, David Baker, Margaret Bonds, Charles Brown, Cecil Cohen, Noel de Costa, Mark Fax, Adolphus C. Hailstork, Eugene Hancock, Thomas Kerr, Jr., Charles Lloyd, Jr., Wendell Logan, Maurice McCall, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Undine Smith Moore, Robert Owens, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, Hale Smith, William Grant Still, Howard Swanson, George Walker, Olly Wilson, John Work, Jr.

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