Phil Baker has written, recorded, and performed music across the globe. His songwriting reflects his mastery in the nuance of style and performance. His ability to create the right sound for the mood is evidenced in his broad range of original pieces used in film, television and private projects.
An internationally renowned bass player, Baker has taken the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry including Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson.
As a current member of Pink Martini, Baker has performed alongside some of the most acclaimed symphony orchestras in North America and Europe.
Baker toured with Diana Ross for nine years appearing with her on The Tonight Show and at her legendary concert, “Diana Ross – Live At Central Park.” He’s performed with jazz legends Eddie Harris, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Stitt, Diane Schuur, Tom Scott, Les McCann and Ernie Watts, among hosts of other revered musicians.
He played bass at the prestigious Motown 25 with Michael Jackson, and Linda Ronstadt, and has toured with Gino Vannelli and played on his Yonder Tree CD.
Baker has appeared with Nat Adderley, Scott Hamilton and Joe Lovano. Baker, who has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, HBO, American Music Awards and Winter Olympics productions, has taught hundreds of bass students and dozens of clinics.
Widely considered one of the West Coast’s premier bass players, Baker has recorded on over one
thousand jazz, rock, pop and blues albums, showcasing his multi-instrumental talents,
in all genres and styles. His compositions frequently appear in Motion Picture and
Television productions, and he is currently adding commercials to his repertoire!