“BAKER, RILEY (tuba);”

I celebrate the public performance and video debut of Riley Baker. You’ve seen and heard (and I trust admired) him on drums, but this is his first appearance in public with a band while he is so allied to metal tubing.

This took place a few days ago — May 30, 2014 — at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park, where Riley’s father (that fellow Clint) put down the tuba so that Riley could join in. The other members of the All Stars are Leon Oakley, cornet; Jim Klippert, trombone; Robert Young, soprano and alto saxophone; Jason Vanderford, guitar; Bill Reinhart, banjo; J Hansen, drums.



Except for one chorus on BOURBON STREET PARADE, you can’t see a great deal of Riley’s face, but you can hear and feel him.  His tone is nice and full; he’s playing the right notes; his time is good.

And don’t rely on me: look at Jason’s face on MECCA and look at Leon’s enthusiastic “Welcome to the brotherhood!” grin and gesture at the end of that same tune.

Welcome, young Mister Baker!  And for the detail-obsessed, Riley and twin sister Ramona (a brilliant star in her own orbits) were born on November 28, 2000.  Not yet fourteen.  Hooray for the youngbloods!

May your happiness increase!

6 responses to ““BAKER, RILEY (tuba);”

  1. Joe Spencer

    What’s wrong with this kid; can he really be Clint’s son? Nearly 14 and ONLY playing two instruments in a professional setting! We’ll have to keep an eye on him.

  2. I hope Riley understands that underneath the satire there is deep pleasure and admiration. Right, Joe?

  3. Also for the detail-obsessed… In the weeks just before you started attending the great jazz party that is Cafe Borrone, Riley played drums in this band at times, and some tuba also. But this is the first time he played while his dad sat out. I think some video exists, too.

  4. The only detail I am concerned with is that he sounds good!

  5. Phily Ivan

    I send you a very nice band from the Netherlands. A first appearance in The Zaandan Jazzclub.
    Just to show you there are good bands in Holland.
    Hope you like it.
    Kind greetings Phily Ivan

    The Bottomland Orchestra performs at he Zaandam Jam Session.
    Peter Ivan cornet, Victor Bronsgeest trombone and vocal, Sjoert van Overeem clarinet, Tom Stuip banjo, Gijs tegelberg piano, Bob Bins sousaphone and Bas Nieuwenhuizen drums.

  6. Joe Spencer

    Yes, Michael (and Riley). My comment was meant to be humorous. I think I have seen Clint in live performances playing 8 different instruments, and it is wonderful to see Riley following in his jazz foot steps. Regards to both the Bakers.

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