Andrea Baker

 

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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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