Malcolm Lynn Baker

Lynn Baker

Professor

What I do

I teach ensembles and classes in jazz and improvised music.

Specialization(s)

Jazz Improvised Music Composition Jazz Pedagogy

Professional Biography

Lynn Baker is Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician, performing with his own Lynn Baker Quartet, the quintet Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion, and the beats-electronic-free improvisation trio Gemstone Debris. His appearances at colleges, universities, high schools, and festivals, have taken him across the North American, Europe, and Asia. He is an Origin Records recording artist with Azure Intention released in 2010 and LectroCoustic in 2013.

Lynn is an award-winning composer, performer, and educator and was selected the 2019-2020 University Lecturer at the University of Denver. He has also won the 1995 COVisions Award for Jazz Composition, the 1987 Westside Composer Award (Minneapolis, MN), the 1980 Ruth Loraine Close award in performance, and the 2005 Downbeat Magazine award for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz Education – College Level. And is a Grammy-nominated music educator. Lynn’s compositions are published by UNC Jazz Press and Malcor Music Publishing. His unique an innovative texts on jazz improvisation; The Shape Method, and accompanying books Etude Supplements, Vols. 1 and 2 can be purchased at amazon, as can his set of exercise books that combine jazz foundational materials with flamenco rhythmic concepts – Jazz Fundamentals in Flamenco.

Lynn is the former Director of the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Program at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, and currently teaching Combos, Advanced Improvisation, and History classes. Lynn holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University and has also studied at Mt Hood Community College with Larry McVeigh and at Indiana University with David Baker, Dominic Spera and Eugene Rousseau. Before coming to Denver in 1993 Lynn taught at Indiana University and before that Carleton College, and universities in Oregon.

Degree(s)

  • DMA, Saxophone Performance, Indiana University
  • MM, Saxophone Performance, University of Oregon, 1981
  • BS, Saxophone Performance, Western Oregon University, 1978
  • Other, Saxophone Performance, Mt. Hood Community College, 1976

Professional Affiliations

  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • American Society of Composers and Publishers
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences