This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.
Jalen Baker, vibraphone
Mikailo Kasha, bass
John Lumpkin, drums
Rising jazz vibraphone star Jalen Baker returns to Timucua with a program exploring the history of jazz vibraphone, featuring music from some of the genre’s greatest innovators. Baker will take the audience on a journey through the evolution of the vibraphone in jazz, starting with the instrument’s early adoption in the swing era and continuing through its role in bebop, hard bop, and beyond. The program will include music by such vibraphone legends as well as Baker’s own compositions and arrangements. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the full range of the vibraphone’s contributions to jazz history, as brought to life by one of the most exciting young talents in the field.
About Jalen Baker
Jalen Baker was accepted as a Graduate Assistant in the Jazz Performance program at Florida State University and in May 2019 received his MM in Jazz Studies. During his tenure at Florida State Jalen continued to distinguish himself as a performer and was chosen as a Ravinia Jazz Fellow in 2018. He has been an active performer with the The Ulysses Owens Jr., Jeremy Pelt, Leon Anderson, Amina Scott quartets as well as leading his own band in venues in and around Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Chicago. As a band leader Jalen has also been awarded the prestigious South Arts Jazz Roads Touring Grant. He has been the featured artist with various organizations such as the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, Houston’s Da Camera, Miami’s WDNA Jazz Hour, Modern Marimba and Live Music Movement Houston. In June 2021 Jalen released his Debut Album “This is Me, This is Us” on Outside In Music which has garnered recognition by various jazz blogs and magazines such as Textura, Making a Scene, and Jazziz.
Currently living in Houston, Jalen continues to compose and perform. His unique blend of original modern jazz compositions and jazz standards make for exciting live performances.
Please bring a bottle of wine or non-alcoholic beverage to share.
Half-price tickets are available for students, teachers, frontline workers, veterans, and seniors.
The lead sponsor for Timucua’s Jazz Series is:
Ear, Nose, Throat & Sinus Center of Orlando
For more information, please visit entsinusorlando.com
Timucua is located at 2000 S. Summerlin Ave., Orlando, FL 32806