Shorty Baker, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Shorty Baker

American musician

Date of Birth: 26-May-1914

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Date of Death: 08-Nov-1966

Profession: trumpeter, jazz musician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Shorty Baker

  • Harold "Shorty" Baker (May 26, 1914 in St.
  • Louis, Missouri, USA – November 8, 1966 in New York City) was a jazz trumpeter. Baker began on drums, but switched to trumpet during his teens.
  • He started his career on riverboats and played with Don Redman in the mid-1930s.
  • He also worked with Teddy Wilson and Andy Kirk before joining Duke Ellington.
  • He married Kirk's pianist Mary Lou Williams and though the two separated shortly thereafter, they never officially divorced. Baker worked on and off in Duke Ellington's Orchestra from 1942 to 1962.
  • He also worked with Johnny Hodges's group in the early 1950s during the period when Hodges was not a member of Ellington's orchestra.

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