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JEFF BAKER Called “ of the best male vocalists in the jazz world today,” by WCLK in Atlanta, Jeff Baker has become one of the most significant talents in the next generation of jazz vocalists. His diverse musical recordings, exciting live performances, and infectious energy and personality have gained him accolades from critics and listeners alike. Baker has headlined numerous festivals and clubs, and has recorded, performed, and shared Festival billing with some of jazz music’s top artists including: Ray Brown, Gene Harris, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Steve Wilson, Marquis Hill, the Yellow Jackets, Mose Allison, Kenny Werner, Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe LaBarbera, Bruce Barth, Darrell Grant, Karrin Allyson, Henry Butler, Dave Frishberg, Orrin Evans, and many more! Jeff has toured throughout the U.S., and Internationally in Europe and South Africa. His five critically acclaimed CD releases on the Origin/OA2 Records imprint have charted on the ‘Jazzweek’ International Radio Chart, have been played on over 200 stations internationally, were Top 5 on NPR’s nationally syndicated “Jazz Works” radio program, and were #1 on stations in Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Portland, Buffalo, St. Louis, Cape Town, SA and New Zealand. Baker is a sought after educator, adjudicating numerous festivals, and working in with some of the nations best high school and college programs. He’s served as a featured Clinician at the National JEN Conference three times, and as a Judge for the Downbeat Student Music Awards. Bakers students have won over 100 Top Awards at festivals and competitions throughout the U.S., including being 4x finalists to the Monterey Jazz Festival ‘Next Generation Competition’ and winning 10 Downbeat Student Music Awards, including the 10, 12' & 13' HS Vocal Solo Winners, and the 2012 Winner for Outstanding Large Vocal Ensemble. Additionally, Baker’s students have been invited to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, and the National Cathedral. Across five albums as a solo artist, and several more as a producer, arranger and composer, Jeff Baker has taken his place as one of the most significant voices in contemporary music. From indie pop, to straight ahead jazz, to heart-wrenching originals, his full discography as an artist, producer, and songwriter showcases a one-of-a-kind talent, moving the music forward with every endeavor. For more info visit:


 Three Incredible Artists, one Amazing night of music.


Crossing boundaries and defying genres, the NEXTET is the creation of Critically Acclaimed Artist, Producer and Educator Jeff Baker. Featuring Baker, Chart Topping Powerhouse Vocalist SAM TRU, Seattle’s Award Winning Contemporary Jazz Vocalist ALEX BAIRD, and a band of world class instrumentalists, the NEXTET moves effortlessly between modern jazz, original music, and mind bending solo vocal arrangements.

Saturday, March 25 @ 7PM

SAM TRU “(Cycle) rocks and rolls, summons the holy ghost and allows Tru space to get down. Let the congregation say, ‘Amen’!” Downbeat Magazine Idaho raised and Pacific Northwest based singer songwriter Sam Tru has a compelling style all her own. Blending sounds, breaking rules and crossing genres, Tru possesses a voice that is at the same time both new and familiar. Drawing on influences in jazz, soul, Pop and R&B, her incredible vocal talents have been showcased throughout the West opening for Artists such as the Legendary Ms. Gladys Knight, Amy Vachal, performing at the Portland Jazz Festival, the Treefort Music Festival, SoFar Sounds, the Monterey Jazz ‘Next Generation Competition’, the KIN Summer Concert Series, the Sandpoint Music Festival Sam Tru’s debut album ‘Cycle’ featuring Grammy Winning bassist Clark Sommers, pianist Justin Nielsen, guitarist Gregory Uhlmann and drummer Matt Carroll reached #1 on Amazon’s Top 100 New Releases, was featured in Downbeat Magazine, and was played on over 200 radio stations across the globe. The impact of the release culminated as ‘Cycle’ made the Nominating Ballot for the 2021 GRAMMY Awards in multiple categories including Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Song of the Year. For more info visit: https://


ALEX BAIRD Striking a sublime balance of creativity, quirkiness and artistry, contemporary jazz vocalist and songwriter, Alex Baird, displays all of that and more on her debut recording. With a renowned gathering of sensitive & highly creative musicians, Alex explores vibrant reimaginings of jazz standards and iconic pop tunes like “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered,” and “Still Crazy After All TheseYears,” as well as stunning originals reminiscent of artists such as Norah Jones and Carol King. The album is rounded out by new performances of tunes writtenand recorded in the ‘60s by Alex’s late grandmother, Peggi Griffith, an acclaimed torch singer known as the Seattle Darling. A product of the Award Winning Jazz Program at the Seattle Academy of Arts + Sciences, Alex grew up singing and playing saxophone, piano, and guitar. After High School, she attended the University of Northern Colorado as a vocal jazz major, and was part of two Downbeat Award-winning vocal jazz groups, NoCoVo and Vocal Lab. Alex has had the opportunity to work with a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ in Vocal Jazz, studying with: Julia Dollison, Kerry Marsh, Sara Gazarek, Brennan Baglio, Lauren Kinhan, Kim Nazarian, Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, and Christine Guter. In 2018 as part of the Kobe Jazz Competition, Alex performed at the legendary Jazz Alley in Seattle, and was selected to travel to Japan as a guest artist at the Kobe International Jazz Festival. With a style that sits at the forefront of contemporary vocal jazz, Alex Baird takes her place alongside the modern singers who are reinvigorating the jazz idiom. For more info visit:


University of Puget Sound Jazz Orchestra

University of Puget Sound Jazz Orchestra

Directed by Tracy Knoop

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