Trombonist Chas Baker is associate professor of Jazz Studies at Kent State University and has led the KSU Jazz Ensemble since 1977. His background includes experience as a soloist for the Austrian Radio & TV Network Big Band in Vienna, Austria. In 1968-69, as a U.S. Army band man, he was trombone soloist with the 1st Air Cavalry Division Band, Viet Nam. Chas has been a very active player with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and in that capacity has performed behind guest artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider and John Hollenbeck. He also has worked in concerts starring the likes of Tony Bennett and David Sanborn. Chas is an active clinician and adjudicator in public schools and colleges in northeast Ohio and Massachusetts. In 1997, the KSU Alumni Association and the KSU Foundation honored him with its Distinguished Teaching Award.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Jazz Composition
- Arts and Humanities
- Performing Arts
- Jazz Music