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Shorty Baker

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Harold “Shorty” Baker had a mellow sound and a lyrical design that was the present day successor to Arthur Whetsol within the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Originally a drummer, Baker turned to trumpet as an adolescent. An excellent section player along with a warm soloist, Baker used Destiny Marable on riverboats, Erskine Tate, Don Redman (1936-1938), Teddy Wilson’s orchestra (1939-1940), and Andy Kirk (1940-1942). He wedded Mary Lou Williams (Kirk’s pianist at that time). Baker was with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra on / off during 1942-1962 (especially 1943-1951 and 1957-1959), where he was well-featured despite getting within a trumpet section that sometimes also included Ray Nance, Clark Terry, Taft Jordan, Willie Make, and Kitty Anderson, amongst others. He was with Johnny Hodges’ group in the first ’50s, and following the Ellington years mainly led a quartet. Baker also documented in old age with Bud Freeman and Doc Cheatham.

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Full Name Shorty Baker
Died November 8, 1966, New York City, New York, United States
Music Groups Duke Eillington and His Orchestra
Music Songs A Mellow Tone, Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Just Squeeze Me, Chitlin's, Baker’s Dozen, Good Queen Bess, Suite Thursday, I Didn't Know What Time It Was, Count Basie Orchestra / Jumpin' at the Woodside, S'Posin', Mood Indigo / Sophisticated Lady, Keep Your Hand on the Plow, Self Portrait, It's Gonna Be a Cold Winter, Ellington Mood, Bunny Hop Mambo, Duke Announcement, Look What I've Got for You, Sonnet in Search Search of a Moor, Bula, A Drum Is a Woman: Hey, Buddy Bolden, Sweet Fat and That, Ballin' the Blues, Something to Remember You By, Wings and Things, Ellington Bond Promo, I Let a Song Go out of My Heart, Duke Ellington Bond Promo, Pt. 5, Night Train, Love Me or Leave Me, Black Brown And Beige: The Blues, Ultra Deluxe
Albums Shorty & Doc, Such Sweet Thunder, Anatomy of a Murder, The Famous Berlin Concert 1959, Swingville Volume 12: Something to Remember You By, The Best of Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra, Swingville Volume 21 Shorty and Doc


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dedication 2017 Documentary executive producer pre-production
Her Walk with God 2017 producer pre-production
Manhattanville Massacre 2017 producer pre-production
Paulie & Jake 2017 producer post-production
Rolling with the Punches: The Ian Cannon Story 2017 TV Movie producer post-production
Mahjongg 2016 TV Movie executive producer / producer filming
Supermodel 2015 executive producer
Comrades 2011 co-executive producer
Conspiracy X 2010 co-producer
Peanut and Bang 2009 executive producer
The Eddie Black Story 2009 co-executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dedication 2017 Documentary pre-production
Her Walk with God 2017 pre-production
Manhattanville Massacre 2017 pre-production
Rolling with the Punches: The Ian Cannon Story 2017 TV Movie post-production
Supermodel announced
Supermodel 2015
Comrades 2011
Conspiracy X 2010
Peanut and Bang 2009
The Eddie Black Story 2009
For the Goodtimes 1999 TV Movie

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dedication 2017 Documentary pre-production
Her Walk with God 2017 pre-production
Manhattanville Massacre 2017 writer pre-production
Paulie & Jake 2017 written by post-production
Supermodel writer announced
Supermodel 2015
Comrades 2011 writer
Conspiracy X 2010 written by
Peanut and Bang 2009 written by
The Eddie Black Story 2009 written by
For the Goodtimes 1999 TV Movie

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Comrades 2011 Shorty
Conspiracy X 2010 Justice
Peanut and Bang 2009 Peanut
The Eddie Black Story 2009 Shorty
For the Goodtimes 1999 TV Movie Peanut
New York Undercover 1995 TV Series Box
Where the Buffalo Roam 1994 TV Movie Brooklyn

Casting Director

Casting Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paulie & Jake 2017 post-production
Mahjongg 2016 TV Movie filming

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peanut and Bang 2009 co-cinematographer

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Supermodel 2015 edited by

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reasons 1996 production assistant

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