Welcome to Baker's Jazz and More
We are a music publishing and retail company specializing in high quality original Jazz and Salsa charts for jazz ensembles of all levels and marching bands.
This music is available through Baker’s Jazz And More, J.W.Pepper & Son, Inc., RBC Music, Pender’s Music Co., and ejazzlines.com. We are also able to handle orders from your favorite local music retailer.
Click Charts to browse our entire catalog and listen to mp3 excerpts (1-2MB) or full length recordings (5-8MB) of each chart. Click Composers to learn about the talented folks who write all this music.
Finally, you can Contact us to Place an Order (we strongly encourage this!) or just to say hello or even “what were you thinking?!” Seriously, we’d love to hear from you and are eager to work with you to meet your needs, including additional or alternate parts for non-traditional instrumentation or possibly a commission for a custom chart written specifically for your band.
“If you haven’t picked up Arnge Drank, which is the Editor’s Choice at JW Pepper, you are missing out on life.” – Amanda Stevenson, director of the Georgetown HS Jazz Band, Georgetown, TX
“Paul Baker’s music fills our library, from Grade 2 on up. All the Katy Jazz Bands play his wide variety of works.” – Terence Gorton, director of the Katy HS Jazz Band, Katy, TX
News and Updates
We have EIGHT new titles for 2016!
BJAM has recorded the audio demos for eight new charts which will soon be available from our online vendors J.W. Pepper & Son, Inc., ejazzlines.com, and Pender’s Music, as well RBC Music and many other retailers across the country. If your retailer doesn’t stock our charts, ask them to order from us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choose the Blues is a Grade 1.5 medium swing 12 bar blues with written solos for beginning improvisers
What’s That? is a contemporary Grade 1 take on Miles Davis’ famous tune So What – a great introduction to modal jazz. Written solos are included.
3am is an ensemble swing style ballad in the tradition of Neal Hefti’s famous L’il Darlin’. Grade 2, written solos provided.
Samba de los Estrellas , Samba of the Stars, is a relaxed Grade 2 samba. All solos can be played using only one major or minor scale – great for beginning soloists.
Q Ball from Dan Torosian is a funky trip back to the 70’s grooves of Quincy Jones and Tower of Power. Lots of great horn section licks riding on a percolating rhythm section.
Samba Nova is an easy going samba featuring a catchy melody and counterpoint broken up by a funky half-time groove. Grade 3.
Double Agent from Rick Lawn is a real test for any band, moving from the opening rock guitar riff, to the modal swing section, and back again. Grade 3.
Lu’s Blues , also from the pen of Rick Lawn, is a real tour de force that shows off the ensemble’s musicianship, dynamics, and swing in an extended contemporary blues that would be a perfect addition to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s library. Grade 3.
MORE BREAKING NEWS!
Swimming With the Sharks has been added to the library of the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. Thank you Mike Vax!
Arnge Drank has been hugely successful for us – thanks to all of our customers out there! In addition to being extremely popular at the JEN Reading Session, it was selected by Dr. Ronald Carter to appear in his next textbook entitled Teaching Music Performance Through Jazz Vol.2.
I’ve also recently learned that Strollin’ With Sammy, a Grade 2 swing chart in the style of the great Sammy Nestico, has also been selected for inclusion in that book. Strollin’ With Sammy is now published by Alfred/Belwin Jazz and may be purchased on their website or through your favorite retailer.
THE BAKER’S DOZEN BIG BAND CD IS AVAILABLE HERE. Most of the music on the CD is available in chart form for full jazz ensemble instrumentation. Check our Charts pages for listings and audio demos.
MORE PAUL BAKER CHARTS
Paul Baker has recently arranged the jazz standard “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” for middle school jazz band for Alfred/Belwin Jazz. These good people are also now publishing Paul’s original Grade 2 rock tune “Boogie Lou” and Grade 2 swinger “Strollin’ with Sammy”. Look for these and lots of other Grade 2 Paul Baker charts in the Alfred/Belwin Jazz catalog and at your local retailer.
As always – Thank you for considering and playing our music!