[JPL] David Baker, 58, Jazz Audio Engineer, Is Dead

r durfee rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 3 16:11:22 EDT 2004

David Baker, 58, Jazz Audio Engineer, Is Dead

August 2, 2004

David Baker, a noted audio engineer favored by many jazz
recording artists, died on July 14 in Rochester, where he
had gone for a recording session. He was 58 and lived in

His death was announced by Kirk Imamura, president of
Avatar Studios in Manhattan, and his family, who said the
apparent cause was a heart attack. 

Mr. Baker was associated with many labels as a freelance
engineer. In 1986 he started remastering the entire
Vanguard catalog for compact disc. 

Mr. Baker's long working relationship with the singer and
pianist Shirley Horn produced a Grammy Award for best jazz
vocal performance of 1998 for her "I Remember Miles," a
tribute to Miles Davis. 

David Howard Baker was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., a son of
Harry A. Baker, who founded a large hi-fi-systems business
in Atlanta. 

He started making amateur recordings as a boy and in the
1960's recorded civil rights events like voter-registration
drives and church hall meetings. 

He trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto
and the Institute of Audio Research in New York. Most
recently he did archival recordings for Jazz at Lincoln
Center's 2003-2004 season. 

Mr. Baker is survived by his wife, Kyoko Baker, and four
sisters, Karen B. Hartrampf of Atlanta; Diane B. Harwell of
Savannah, Ga.; Harriet B. Parker of Orlando, Fla.; and
Robin B. Dickson of St. Simons Island, Ga. 



Roy Durfee
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