Jeffrey Reid Baker: Pianist

I started playing the piano when I was around nine years old. It was just for fun and I liked making stuff up. My father was a composer so I thought everybody did that. When I was around 10 years old, I heard a recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata with Rudolph Serkin. I wanted to be "able to do that” immediately. So, my parents started me on piano lessons with a local teacher, David Hudson Smith. I progressed quickly with him. When I was in prep school, I was basically self-taught for four years. But I listened voraciously to music on the radio. I did learn a bit of music by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Mussorgsky among others. It wasn’t until I went to college that I met the piano teacher that would make me a true “pianist”. Imelda Delgado. My next pianist epiphany was when I was studying rhythm theory with Prof. Rudolph Schramm. Many of the things that Imelda had taught me became even clearer as I better understood the deeper workings of rhythm. When I met composer Dick Hyman in the summer of 1974, he suggested I learn to play anything that I might be asked to play. I was mostly classical until that point but took his advice to heart. I eventually became a much more rounded player and musician... and teacher! 

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McDowell: To A Wild Rose

Ebb  Tide arr. George Shearing

Rachmaninoff Variation 18 arr. Baker

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Rachmaninoff: Prelude C# minor

3 Variations on "Simple Gifts" Baker

Andre Previn "Like Young" 

Forrest Gump "Feather Theme"

Debussy: Serenade of the Doll

Debussy: La Puerto del Vino

Archive footage from VHS tape

Chopin: Impromptu No. 4 "Fantasie"

Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue (1985)

Manilow: Jump Shout Boogie

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