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Harold Baker

Harold "Shorty" Baker (May 26, 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA – November 8, 1966 in New York City) was a jazz trumpeter.

Baker began on drums, but switched to trumpet during his teens. He started his career on riverboats and played with Don Redman in the mid-1930s. He also worked with Teddy Wilson and Andy Kirk before joining Duke Ellington. He married Kirk's pianist Mary Lou Williams and though the two separated shortly thereafter, they never officially divorced.

Baker worked on and off in Duke Ellington's Orchestra from 1942 to 1962. He also worked with Johnny Hodges's group in the early 1950s during the period when Hodges was not a member of Ellington's orchestra.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 26th, 1914 (St. Louis), Died November 8th, 1966 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 70 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 82403 3/5/1952 Something of a fool (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 82404 3/5/1952 Do you mind if I hang around (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 83158 7/11/1952 Down beat Mary Lou Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 83159 7/11/1952 [Unknown title(s)] Mary Lou Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 83160 7/11/1952 Out of nowhere Mary Lou Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 83161 7/11/1952 C jam blues Mary Lou Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 83455 9/30/1952 Down beat Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 83456 9/30/1952 C jam blues, part 1 Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 83457 9/30/1952 C jam blues, part 2 Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89718 4/5/1956 Lullaby in rhythm Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89719 4/5/1956 Honey Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89720 4/5/1956 If I had you Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89721 4/5/1956 Stardust Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89722 4/5/1956 My melancholy baby Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89723 4/5/1956 This can't be love Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89724 4/6/1956 Exactly like you Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89725 4/6/1956 Ain't misbehavin' Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89726 4/6/1956 You brought a new kind of love to me Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89727 4/6/1956 I'd climb the highest mountain Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89728 4/6/1956 The little things in life Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89729 4/6/1956 I ain't got nobody Connie Boswell instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105297 7/14/1958 Steppin' into swing society Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105298 7/14/1958 Black butterfly Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105299 7/14/1958 Got my foot in the door Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105300 7/17/1958 Indelible Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 26-50 of 70 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Baker, Harold," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107198.

Baker, Harold. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107198.

"Baker, Harold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107198

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