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Steve Wilkerson & Andrea Baker
September 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Steve Wilkerson and Andrea Baker have been performing together on the jazz scene for many years. Their many recordings have been played nationwide of top jazz stations including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Andrea is a critically acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist. Noted jazz critic, Leonard Feather, has compared Andrea to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and Jazz Improv Magazine called her a female Sinatra. Don Heckman of the LA Times proclaimed her a musician’s singer. A professional musician since age fourteen, Andrea has performed with many top names in jazz including the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Frank Capp Juggernaut Band, the Ray Anthony Orchestra, the Billy May Orchestra, the Jack Sheldon Big Band, with guitar legend, Barney Kessel and with Johnny Mandel. She has sung for Crystal Cruise Lines and the NAMM show.
Steve Wilkerson, saxophone, flute and clarinet virtuoso, began his professional career at age 11 when he joined his father’s dance band. He was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Tulsa where he was lead alto and jazz soloist for their award winning jazz ensemble. He also won the coveted Downbeat Combo Award, which led to three separate appearances at the Wichita Jazz Festivals. After graduation, he toured with the Stan Kenton Orchestra as lead alto and jazz soloist. A move to Los Angeles brought him extensive work on the tenor sax, earning raves from legendary jazz critic, Leonard Feather, who proclaimed him “a ruling master of the tenor sax” in the LA Times. Steve has appeared in concert, on tour or on recordings with a who’s who list of artists from Barbra Streisand to Nancy Wilson to Tony Bennett, Mel Torme and Barry Manilow. He has had a long touring and recording relationship with jazz organ great, Joey DeFrancesco.
Steve and Andrea both have worked closely with legendary composer Johnny Mandel recording his songbook under his guidance and praise In 2005 Andrea and Steve were inducted into the prestigious Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Both are graduates of the University of Tulsa.
Joining Steve and Andrea will be incomparable musicians Don Ryan on piano, Dean DeMerritt on bass and Jared Johnson on drums.