Determination

We’ve been mandated to stop so many businesses in California due to stay home orders. My usual way of doing music, live for audiences is not allowed, gatherings not allowed……for now.

The mix and mingle that means so much to me has moved online. I see some wonderful folks in 2D. Some are people I have done things with in real life, some I only “meet” online. We can all be global this way.

I cannot stop doing music even when the work is gone.

This circumstance has given me a long awaited sabbatical. I hope I have used it well and will continue to use it well. I’ve been producing music, covers and originals that I publish at my YouTube channel. My band members & I coordinate and create music videos remotely.

Here are the results so far.

Hanging with my co-writer on this one Doug Legacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMGK8mfKh88https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBrbEBeiElk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMGK8mfKh88https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBrbEBeiElk

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Big fun at the Hollywood Bowl

What a pleasure it was to play string arrangements by David Campbell and Oliver Kraus conducted by David Campbell.  We were at the sold out Hollywood Bowl with The Dave Matthews Band.   What a great evening it was participating as part of the string section.

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DMB Sold Out!

 

This just in>>>>in Santa Monica, CA

Return engagement on Oct 21 9:30-1:00 pm for Bass Piano Duo with Rick Olson and Leslie Baker same venue—-the food is award winning, parking available.

Upscale Sunday Brunch

September 30
Live Music from noon to 3 pmFundraiser for Women and Minority Filmmakers sponsored by the DiverCity Media Foundation

SAVE up to $25 Online! Tickets are $50 at the Door!!

 

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Piano Bass Duo

1547 6th Street

Santa Monica

Los Angeles, CA 90401

 

Fly High in Fall

September holds excitement for me and my crew.  Please join us at Mixx in Pasadena this coming Thursday September 6, 2018 from 8-11 pm

The band will start things off followed by some special guests joining us later.LeslieBakerbass

Special notes about this event:  The area code is 626 not 625 like on the flyer.  Parking is a bit of a challenge, be forewarned. That’s the not so great news so to lighten that blow I give you a recent 1 minute composition of mine recorded at my studio in case you are trying to get somewhere in Downtown L.A.  The words come from the grandson of a Red Car Driver.

We used to have Red Cars in L.A. long ago.  Lucky you! The special event Thursday, it will include a live recording, is in Pasadena, not Downtown so not so hard to find.

I would love to see you there!

Summer Scoop

Where are we going? Where are you? Where have we been? Which way to go?

The great metropolis of L.A. continues to grow, change, morph.   To many, L.A. is the entertainment/music capitol of the world so>>>>

I’ve composed a 1 minute song “Red Car Directions (how not to get lost in downtown)” that can help us get around downtown L.A. also known as DTLA.

The words are a poem taught to Red Car Trolly drivers way back when so they did good at getting people around.

Time to thank and acknowledge 3 people who made this recording with me on acoustic bass: Alison Lewis, vocal, Woody Woods, keyboard and Paul Chevalier recording/mixing.

So downtown is it’s own kind of special.  Then there are the surrounding areas like Leimert Park where I got to perform recently with pianist/vocalist Matilda Haywood and Company in a review revisiting great performers of history to a full house at The Regency West.  The feeling was great.

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Leimert park with Matilda

Remembering Sarah Vaughn

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With Vanzella Janisse and Stan Martin

Matilda Haywood and Company

Fannie Brice revisited

photos: Joe Weinroth

Variety keeps it Spicy

I enjoy making music in many flavors.  Let me know when I can make some for you.

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All by myself, I’m beginning to see the light….

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Cello Sonata on Bass 6-5-18

 

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Something’s Coming

Leslie bandleader for event honoring the fantastic Carol Kaye

Caltech Orchestra Basses

A party jam with Kim Richmond and Milton Nelson

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Thanks Gordon for giving me a bass spot on Sunset Strip

Jazz in the Schools Bakerbass
LAJS Jazz in Schools
Dr. Bobby Rodriguez Band

New Orleans in the House

Blues Hurricane blowin’ with me and Dena

Bass is bass, acoustic or electric, I love it and it keeps me busy.  How thankful I am for all of that!!

All photos by Joe Weinroth except where otherwise noted.