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 had begun 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.
She has appeared at the Wichita Jazz Festival, the Texas Jazz Festival, Sacramento Jazz Festival, and the Big Bear Jazz Festival, and as a guest artist and clinician for such schools as the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Morningside College in Iowa, the University of Tulsa, University of Texas, Arlington and Cal State, Fresno, and UCLA. She has recorded for Skyline Records and Dane Records, and was the production advisor for Hal Leonard's The Art of Jazz Saxophone. In addition to her music career, Baker has recently rekindled her involvement in acting.
Baker holds a BME from the University of Tulsa and MM from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. She has taught vocal and instrumental music at the high school, college and university levels; currently, she teaches jazz voice at Pasadena City College and is the first woman to direct PCC's top jazz band.
- Table For One (Valley Multimedia, 1999)
Candles in the Wind (Powerhousejazz Records, 2005)