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David Nathaniel Baker Jr.
David Baker (far left) leading the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.jpg
David Baker (far left) leads the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra during the NEA Jazz Masters awards ceremony and concert in 2008
Born December 21, 1931
Died March 26, 2016
Occupation Composer

David Nathaniel Baker Jr. (December 21, 1931 – March 26, 2016) was an American symphonic jazz composer. He worked at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington.

He has more than 65 recordings, 70 books, and 400 articles to his credit. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Baker was nominated for the 1973 Pulitzer Prize. He has also been nominated for a Grammy Award (1979).

Personal life

Baker died in Bloomington, Indiana on March 26, 2016, aged 84.

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