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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Lamont School of Music

Newman Center for the Performing Arts


Malcolm Lynn Baker

Malcolm Lynn Baker

Professor, Jazz & Improvised Music

Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 335
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Lynn Baker is an active saxophone performer and clinician, performing with his own Lynn Baker Quartet, the free-improvisation trio Rhythmic Void, and the beats-electronic-free improvisation trio Gemstone Debris. He is a Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician and has made appearances at colleges, universities, high schools and festivals, which have taken him across the North American continent and to Asia. He is an Origin Records recording artist with Azure Intention released in 2010 and LectroCoustic in 2013.

He is an award-winning composer, performer and educator winning the 1995 COVisions Award for Jazz Composition, the 1987 Westside Composer Award (Minneapolis, MN), 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. Students and ensembles from Lamont are frequent Downbeat Student Music Award winners. 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 on Amazon. He has also published a set of exercise books that combine jazz foundational materials with flamenco rhythmic concepts – Jazz Fundamentals in Flamenco can also be purchased on Amazon.

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 Small Groups, 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.

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