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Lynn Baker

Malcolm Lynn Baker

  • Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 335
  • 303-871-6997


Malcolm Lynn Baker is the Director of the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Program at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, where he directs the Lamont Jazz Orchestra, coaches combos, and teaches Jazz Improvisation and Composition class, Jazz History classes, and Jazz Techniques 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.

Lynn is an award-winning composer, performer, and educator winning the 1987 Westside Composer Award (Minneapolis, MN), the 1995 COVisions Award for Jazz Composition, the 1980 Ruth Loraine Close award in performance from the University of Oregon, and the 2005 Downbeat Magazine award for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz Education – College Level and students and ensembles from Lamont are frequent Downbeat Student Music Award winners. 

In addition to his educational activities Lynn is an active performer and clinician, performing with his own quartet and quintet, the free-improvisation trio Rhythmic_Void, performing with and directing the Rocky Mountain Jazz Repertoire Orchestra, and programming the jazz series at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle Performing Arts Series.  His clinician appearances at colleges, universities, high schools, and festivals have taken him across the North American continent and to Asia.

Lynn’s current cd on OA2 records is titled Azure Intention and features Lamont alumni Reggie Berg and Paul Mullikin, and appears on several “Best of 2010” jazz lists.