"What I teach is not music or jazz; I teach life." —David Baker
My first introduction to David Baker came in my high school jazz band. Our director built him up as a legend in jazz music and education, and implored us that if we decided to attend college at Indiana University (his alma mater) we had to...just had to... go watch one of David's performances or take one of his classes. So when I came to IU, I followed his advice and did both. And let me tell you that the legend did not disappoint. He was everything my band director said he would be, and more. A great musician, teacher, and probably one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure to meet.
So I was more that thrilled that our paths would cross once again during the promotion of Monika Herzig's new book, David Baker: A Legacy in Music. I recently met with him and Monika to discuss the book in this podcast: