Andy Baker, Director of Jazz Studies
Since moving to Chicago from London in 2001, trombonist and composer Andy Baker has established a reputation as one of the most in-demand and versatile musicians in town.
Mr. Baker is lead trombonist of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, co-leads the sextet BakerzMillion and is a first-call theatre and studio musician. He has performed and recorded with a wide array of ensembles including the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
Mr. Baker has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Frank Sinatra Jr., Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Arturo Sandoval, Peter Erskine and Van Morrison and appears on more than 20 recordings as a sideman.
In August 2012, Mr. Baker was appointed Jazz Ensemble Director at the University of Illinois at Chicago having previously served on the faculties of Northwestern University and Elmhurst College. In 2014 he becamse Director of Jazz Studies at UIC.