Eric Jones Trio with Jalen Baker
Jalen Baker – Bio
Jalen Baker, born in Washington DC and raised in Houston, TX, is a vibraphonist, educator, and composer. Graduating in May 2017, Jalen received his BM in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago while studying with Jarrett Hicks. He is currently pursuing his MM in Jazz Studies as a Graduate Assistant at Florida State University. Jalen’s musical ability has been acknowledged on numerous occasions. While at Columbia College Chicago, he was named outstanding soloist at both the Notre Dame and Elmhurst Jazz Festivals and was selected as one of two students to represent the school at the Arcevia Jazz Festival in Italy. In 2017 he was a finalist in the Lumniarts Jazz Competition and was selected as a next generation jazz musician by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Jalen is an active musician in both the Chicago and Northern Florida areas. He has played with the Jarred Harris Quintet, The Dod Kalm Quartet, Human Bloom, Jeremy Catledge and most recently Ulysses Owens Jr. while also leading his own group, Musiki Tano, where he is a regular performer at Chicago’s legendary Jazz Showcase.