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LINDA BAKER and the Bill Bares Trio Appearing Wednesday Sept 26th 2018 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door
$6 for students

Inspired by a chance meeting with the great jazz singer Johnny Hartman, Linda Baker began running over to the Brill Building, where puppeteer Shari Lewis’ “Uncle Herb” of the Music Exchange would dig through shelves of rarely performed sheet music, giving her whatever obscure songs from the 1930’s and 40’s he could find.

She joined Cobi Narita’s “Universal Jazz Coalition” and “Voices Inc.” where she mounted several of her own concerts, performing with well-known, veteran jazz musicians at Cobi’s Lafayette Street jazz loft. During those years, Linda spent most Saturday afternoons at Ann Ruckert’s music workshop, with a small group of vocalists who taught each other solfege, practiced singing & writing Nadia Boulanger exercises & constructively critiquing each other’s weekly performances. Ann sent her out to audition for her first commercial jingle and soon, Linda’s voice was heard on TV and radio, singing the lovely, jazz-oriented commercial, “Moet Makes it Paris!”


Baker sang numerous gigs in jazz venues around New York City and participated in several workshops with jazz great Tierney Sutton. For three years, she studied with singer Ann Marie Moss and briefly, with Jackie Paris. For five years, she studied Bel Canto with acclaimed singer and voice teacher Juliana Janes-Yaffe’, whom Linda first met while attending the Musical Theatre Program at New York University as well as with Carol Fredette, vocal jazz coach extraordinaire.

Relocating to Sarasota, Florida, she sang for nine years with Eddie Tobin, (long-time music director to Englebert Humperdinke, before he quit the road and settle in Sarasota, FL., to raise a family.)

The Linda Baker Trio, consisting of Eddie, on piano, Peter Baren-Bregge, the amazing tenor, alto sax & clarinet player & the wildly creative, incredibly tasty drummer, Johnny Moore, will continue to play regularly at the Starlite Room in Sarasota and will be performing at the Jazz Society of Sarasota’s annual “Jazz Trolley,” at the gorgeous, new Art Ovation Hotel on November 4th!

(And yes! A small fleet of purple & gold trollies actually takes visiting jazz fans, from far and wide, to multiple jazz venues around town!)