Steve Baker has been very active as a performer since 1969. In this career as a pianist, he has performed with recording artists such as Eric Marienthal, Mundell Lowe, Charles McPherson, Kenny Goldberg and Frankie Avalon. His groups have opened concerts for artists such as Michael Franks, Rita Coolidge, The Platter, The Coasters, The Diamonds, Little Anthony, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Jack Mack & the Heart Attack. The Steve Baker Trio specializes in Brazilian and Afro-Cuban influenced jazz. They have performed in many varied venues with artists such as Cuban drumming virtuoso Ignacio Beroa, Brazilian recording artist, Josias Dos Santos, Latin jazz recording artist Kenny Goldberg and 50s rock & roll tenor sex veteran John "Hoot" McDonald. A resident of the San Diego area since 1960, Mr. Baker's music study has included training in both classical and jazz piano and composition. He holds degrees in music from Grossmont College (AA), UCSD (BA), and SDSU (MM in Piano Performance). Mr. Baker has performed in numerous master classes including those of Misha Dichter, Marion Hall, Frank Weins and Lorin Hollander. During post graduate studies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he studied with Billy Taylor, David Baker, Gerald Wilson and Bobby McFerrin.
Mr. Baker currently serves as Dean of Arts and Communication at Grossmont College. He has been a Grossmont College Music Department faculty since 1985, serving as the chair for 11 years, and is a founding member of the Grossmont College Music Department Faculty Jazz Quintet called Ars Nova. He teaches music theory, piano performance and music technology. Since 2004, Baker has served as music director to the San Diego Dance Theater, performing with Jean Isaacs' "Sippie: A Salute to Sippie Wallace," "Suite Satie," "Cabaret Dances," (annually) and more, in San Diego, New York City, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and in Europe and Mexico. Baker's rendition of "Rhapsody in Blue" with The Poway Symphony Orchestra (May 2008) garnered standing ovations.