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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 51-70 of 70 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 105301 7/17/1958 Ruint Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105302 7/17/1958 Frolic Sam Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105303 7/17/1958 Be patient Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105304 7/22/1958 If you were in my place Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105305 7/22/1958 The gal from Joe's Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105306 7/22/1958 Afternoon moon Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105307 7/22/1958 Broadway babe Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105308 7/22/1958 Yearning for love Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106805 3/16/1959 Cherry pink Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106806 3/16/1959 Azure Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106807 3/16/1959 Little white lies Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106808 3/18/1959 Coral rock Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106809 3/18/1959 Aqua-tonic Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106810 3/18/1959 Maroon Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106811 3/18/1959 Black and tan fantasy Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106812 3/18/1959 Mood indigo Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106813 3/18/1959 Blue serge Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106814 3/18/1959 Golden cress Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106815 3/18/1959 The moon was yellow Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 106816 3/18/1959 Down of a greenhorn Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 51-70 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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