Clint Baker's Hot Five
Redwood Coast Music Festival 2018 Performing Artist
Clint Baker is a powerhouse multi-instrumental traditional jazz musician performing on cornet, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, banjo, tuba, string bass, and drums.
Baker started playing clarinet in 1980. His first school band director needed trombonists and quickly switched Clint to trombone. Baker is an autodidact and in the years that followed he would learn additional instruments including tuba, tenor banjo, and drums. In 1984 he organized and led his first traditional jazz band: “Greasy Kid Stuff” and in 1988 this band appeared at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Jubilee with Baker leading the band on cornet. Baker has performed at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Jubilee (now called the “Sacramento Music Festival”) every year since 1988.
After high school Baker began working full-time as a freelance musician. In 1990 he created Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band and began performing on Friday nights at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park, California. He has been leading his band there (now called the “Cafe Borrone All-Stars”) for the past 27 years.
Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band has appeared at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and at the Monterey Jazz Festival. The band has toured festivals in the US and Canada extensively.
Baker has appeared with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band on Riverwalk Jazz, and has been featured on other radio programs including Sunday Night Suites, Morning Cup Of Jazz, Talk Show Live, The Annals of Jazz, and Back On Basin Street (which he engineered and co-hosted with radio personality Mal Sharpe).
Currently Baker performs regularly with: The Yerba Buena Stompers (tuba), The Delta Stompers (guitar/banjo), Hot Club of San Francisco (bass), The Cafe Borrone All-Stars (misc.), The Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals (clarinet, trombone, and bass), The Ray Skjelbred Quartet/Ray Skjelbred and His Cubs (bass), The Grand Dominion Jazz Band (trumpet) and Usonia Jazz (misc.).
Baker is also a noted jazz educator. He taught on staff with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in California. He frequently guest lectures at San Mateo Community College and the Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center. He has taught music to elementary school children at the East Palo Alto Academy. And for the past 12 years he has been a faculty instructor at the AFCDJS Adult Jazz Camps teaching trumpet (1997, 2008–2009), banjo and guitar (1998–2000) string bass and tuba (2001–2007), and trombone (2010–2011). He is currently the Staff Archivist for the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation and a life member of the Stanford University Music Library.
At Redwood Coast Music Festival, Clint Baker’s Hot Five will also be including his son Riley Baker – a talented an emerging multi-instrumentalist in his own right.