Andrea Baker


Featured Inductee

2005 Inductee Andrea Baker was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelors in Music Education.  She followed that with a Masters in Vocal Performance from Pittsburg State University in Kansas setting the course for a successful dual career as jazz vocalist and educator.  She began singing professionally at age fourteen in Oklahoma but left for the West Coast after her graduate studies. One of her early jobs was as vocalist with Stan Kenton's Orchestra in the mid-1970's, where she gained favorable attention from jazz critics like Leonard Feather and fellow musicians. She soon became a staple of the Los Angeles Jazz scene with such stars as Oklahoma Jazz Hall Inductee Barney Kessel, then with the Jack Sheldon, Billy May, Ray Anthony, and Frank Capp Big Bands.

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Saying Goodbye to Sonny Gray

With a heavy heart and happy memories we say goodbye to our dear friend and Oklahoma Jazz Hall inductee, Sonny Gray. He will surely be missed by many.

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Bartlesville Musical Ensemble to Play Historic Jazz Venue in Downtown Tulsa

Bartlesville, OK - Tulsa’s celebrated Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is hosting the Johemian Jazz Syndicate the second Sunday in September as part of its Sunday Concert Series.  Bartlesville’s own jazz foursome is performing with guest vocalist Stephanie Oliver on September 10 at 5 p.m.

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Forebears: The Mercurial And Majestic Dinah Washington

What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, released in 1959, was her biggest record, and not a single person who knew Dinah Washington could describe her any better than that. Her temperament was so changeable that a producer at Mercury Records reportedly kept four to five different playlists of prospective songs that she might sing during a recording session, hoping that one might match her mood. But Washington's mood — like a sneaky left hook — was not so easily divined. Some of those songs probably never got sung. On any day and at any hour, Mercury was going to need another playlist.

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