Wade Baker

Wade Baker

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Fresh, innovative demonstration of jazz that maintains standard forms/styles/harmonic content of the masters. Blending innovative & eclectic flavors of contemporary jazz/popular beats into the sound, I’d like to think of my music as an evolving movement of jazz & a gateway to an undiscovered genre



Wade Baker has always had a love for music and his high energy performaces use no set formula at all. Instead he offers an eclectic and intelligent blend of abilities, styles and enthusiasm uniquely crafted to entertain a multitude of people. "I feel like I've tried to mix a bunch of styles together to produce a new sound." What the 25-year old Baker takes from all of this is a sense of craft and above all, great depth & love for the music. Wade Baker received his Undergraduate Degree (B.S. with a concentration in Jazz Studies) from the University of Indianapolis in 2006 and was immediately accepted on scholarship to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music the following fall and is one course from attaining his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies (M.M. Jazz Studies) from C.C.M. Wade has studied Jazz Improvisation with Harry Miedema, Mark Buselli, Brent Wallarab, Phil DeGreg & Kim Pensyl. His classical trumpet training has been from: Bill Adam, Ed Cord, John Rommel, Karl Sievers, Allen Miller, Lenny Foy, Greg Wing & Brad Weil. Baker's versatility makes him fit comfortably playing with many different types of artists. He has played Bass Guitar at several of the country's leading blues festivals in addition to the many Jazz Festivals he has been a part of playing his trumpet. Baker has also collaborated with R&B/Hip-Hop artist Moe Z M.D. (John Mellancamp) as well as countless singer/songwriter/hip-hop artists that have used him a studio "gun for hire."
He already has a professional's discipline and commitment and places no limit on his ambition. Wade explains it best by saying, "The kind of artist I'd like to evolve into is a person who can do anything on the band stand, someone who is irreplaceable," he says. "My ambition is to do this whole music thing as well as I possibly can and to have people really like my music, but more importantly have people really like me."


Live @ the Gypsy Hut - W.B.J.C. - 2009
Live @ the Redmoor -
W.B.J.C. - 8-27-09
Live @ FB's -
W.B.J.C. - 1-22-10

Set List

Typically, there are 2 sets of 1 hour & 15 minute durations.

Songs: Mostly, original jazz material but occasional modern arrangement of jazz standard tunes as well as classic R&B soul covers.
Zigaboogaloo & Lil' Duke's Strut - Nicholas Payton
Strasbourg St. Denis & Liquid Streets - Roy Hargrove
Bring it on Home to Me - Sam Cooke