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Newman Baker

Newman Taylor Baker, percussionist, teaching artist, composer, vocalist, is noted for his solo project, Singin' Drums, which honors the drum set as "the Drum of U.S. African Culture" through a broad repertoire of music for solo drum set. Often compared to poetry, Baker's Singin' Drums has qualities of the spoken word, uncannily articulate yet non-verbal. Baker is composer and performer for the Avodah Dance Ensemble, member of the Henry Grimes Trio, Mickey D. & Friends Dance Company, Billy Harper Quintet, Francesca Tanksley Trio, Benny Powell Quintet, and the Billy Bang Quartet.

Recent CD credits include The Drum Is Honor Enough Patrick Brennan (CIMP), Let Yourself Go Judi Silvano (Zoho), Rapt Circle Patrick Brennan (Cadence), Journey Francesca Tanksley (DreamCaller), The Gift Of Love Benny Powell (Faith), Stepping Around The Giant Carl Grubbs (CIMP), Soul of an Angel Billy Harper (Metropolitan). Baker is a lecturer at Rutgers University - Newark, N. J. Newman Taylor Baker uses Cappella Sticks.

Photo Credit: Tom Scott