Bass, Piano, Voice Teacher
Bassist Leslie Baker, a Los Angeles native has been involved with music from an early age. Her Father was a professional pianist and vocal coach. He started her on piano and reading music at age six. By twelve Leslie started playing bass. Very shortly after that she was performing with her Dad at his gigs. She has continued since her early twenties to make a living as a musician. Versatility and continuous growth are some attributes of Leslie’s musicianship that her large network of musician friends, teachers and co-workers have noticed.
Leslie, currently on faculty at Pasadena Suzuki Music Program, pasadenasuzuki.org in Pasadena California enjoys teaching, has taught Jazz Improv classes at the Southern California Suzuki Institute since 2010, and has taken Suzuki teacher training with Virginia Dixon. She has received certificates of commendation from the City of Los Angeles and Boy Scouts of America for her work with Jazz in the Schools program.
Leslie’s theater credits including long time association with “All Nite Strut” as part of onstage trio with Lance Roberts who created the role on Broadway, “Blame it on the Movies” at the Pasadena Playhouse, “Menopause the Musical” at the Coronet Theater in Hollywood, Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” along with many other shows and productions. There have been numerous TV and Movie appearances including Star Trek TNG, Frasier, House, Addams Family Values, Red Dragon, Bones and more for Leslie with her bass.
Strongly influenced by Jazz and Blues, Leslie has been privileged to share time on bandstands with many great musicians including the inventor of Rock and Roll, Earl Palmer, Jazz great Billy Higgins, recordings for the legendary Willie Dixon, road gigs backing Blues giants Bill Doggett, Lowell Fulson, Harmonica Fats. Some wonderful singers Leslie has worked with include Barbara Morrison, Nell Carter, Linda Hopkins and Oscar Brown Jr. Long tenures in the bands of Al Aarons and the L.A. Jazz Caravan (Count Basie/Studio trumpeter) and sixteen years with bluesman Floyd Dixon (songwriter Hey Bartender, Operator 210, Jump Piano/Vocals) have afforded numerous festival and recording opportunities. A particular highlight among many festivals with Floyd was the Monterey Jazz Festival. It resulted in a recording “Live at Monterey”.
Leslie plays electric and acoustic basses, sings, composes and arranges. Her three self-produced CD’s on her label Ranch Cabin Records display all these talents in a variety of settings. In 1998 Leslie Baker released her debut recording as a leader, “Askew” for her Ranch Cabin label. Following that up with 2 more releases in 2002 & 2008. All available for downloads thru iTunes and numerous other download sites, physical copies thru cdbaby or from Leslie personally.