Nate Baker has a great feel for music and a professional guitarist. He has been teaching for over 7 years. Nate can play and teach different styles like blues, jazz, rock and he also plays a mandolin. We are exited to have Nate on our team at Live Music Academy.
Nate Baker began playing bass guitar at age 12 but switched to guitar soon thereafter and never looked back. First musical interests included rock and blues, but quickly grew to include metal, jazz, and bluegrass. He was awarded the Louis Armstrong award in high school went on to formerly study music at college. He graduated from Northern Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. There he studied with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque as well as trumpeter Art Davis and bassist Kelly Sill.
After school, he moved to Chicago and has been playing and teaching ever since. He has toured the Midwest and East Coast with Mark Rose, formerly of the rock band Spitalfield, and played around the Chicagoland area the Fumee Gypsy Project as well as various pop, jazz, and bluegrass groups. He was a finalist in the Union League's Jazz Improvisation Competition in 2012 and 2013, and was the People's Choice Award winner in 2013. He now plays in the Puget Sound area with bluegrass duo Daniels and Baker in which he plays mandolin and guitar.