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Eddie Baker's New Breed Orchestra

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:50 am    Post subject: Eddie Baker's New Breed Orchestra Reply with quote

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A band that I didn't see listed on the 50s and 60s page is Eddie Baker's New Breed Orchestra. Perhaps that's somewhere else on the site? Starting when I was fifteen, I played trumpet with this group. Eddie Baker was a trombonist, composer, and arranger who for many years was a champion of a memorial for Charlie Parker. He also was an energetic mentor of young talent; for example, renowned vocalist and bandleader Kevin Mahogany credits Eddie with helping launch his interest in jazz as a twelve-year-old (!) member of the New Breed Orchestra. When I was there in the mid 1960's, the New Breed Orchestra was composed of incredible alumni of the Count Basie, Jay McShann, and other legendary bands. I recall Frank Smith on keyboards and Donald Parsons on sax. It would be wonderful to have the names of other band members. I did find the following interesting bio: http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/bio/eddie-baker/672096
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