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Awards and Honors (1954 - 2007)  [Download]


º  Indiana University Scholastic Achievement Award, 1954
º  Indiana University Philharmonic Gold Award, 1954
º  Indiana Music Promoters Merit Award, 1959
º  down beat magazine Hall of Fame Scholarship Award, 1959
º  Best Big Band, Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, 1959
º  Indiana University Cream and Crimson Award
º  down beat magazine New Star Award: Trombone, 1962
º  Cellist with Best Jazz Group, Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival,1964
º  Outstanding Musician Award, National Association of Negro Musicians, 1968
º  Hall of Fame, Crispus Attucks High School (Indianapolis, IN), 1968
º  down beat magazine Award for the Best Composition of the 1970 National Collegiate
     Jazz Festival
º  Pulitzer Prize Nomination for Levels: A Concerto for Solo Contrabass, Jazz Band, Flute
     Quartet, Horn Quartet, and String Quartet, 1973
º  Indiana Distinguished Citizen Award, 1976
º  National Association of Negro Musicians Special Award, 1976
º  Key to the City of Indianapolis, IN
º  Member, Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame
º  Grammy Award Nomination for the liner notes to New World Record 
     NW-228:  Jazz and Black Elements in Art Music
º  National Endowment for the Arts grant
º  National Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame Award, 1981
º  Dr. Martin Luther King Drum Major Award, 1982
º  Outstanding Achievement in Business and the Professions Award:
     Arts/Music/Theatre. Leadership Development Center, 1983
º  President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Indiana University, 1986
º  Jazz Educators Poll Winner, Jazz Educators Journal, 1986
º  down beat magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, 1987
º  Artistic Achievement Award, Indianapolis Musicians (Local 3) and the 
     American Federation of Musicians, 1988
º  Resolutions in honor of David N. Baker, Jr. by the Indiana General 
     Assembly, 1989
º  Arts Midwest Jazz Masters Award, 1990
º  Governor's Arts Award, State of Indiana, 1991
º  Honoree, New York Brass Conference for Scholarships, 1991
º  Sigma Delta Chi Leather Medal Award, Indiana University School of 
     Journalism, 1991
º  Honorary doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters, Wabash College, 1993
º  down beat magazine Jazz Education Hall of Fame, 1994
º  Chevalier du violoncelle, Eva Janzer Cello Center, Indiana University School of Music,
     1995
º  Citation for outstanding contributions to the field of music in the United 
     States and worldwide, National Federation of Music Clubs, 1995
º  Named an Ambassador to the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, 1995
º  Honoree, “Salute to Indiana’s African American Jazz Artists”. 
     Indianapolis chapter of LINKS, Inc. (philanthropic organization)
º  Honoree, “Stars in the Sidewalk”.  A star bearing David Baker's name was 
     placed in the sidewalk outside the historic Walker Theatre in Indianapolis 
     as a part of the Indiana Avenue Walk of Fame project.
º  National Jazz Scholarship Award, International Jazz Hall of Fame, 1997
º  Honoree, mural entitled “Indiana Avenue Jazz: The Street of Dreams’", Indianapolis,
     IN.  David Baker’s portrait appears in this mural of famous jazz musicians from
     Indianapolis
º  1998 Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University School of Music
º  Grammy Award Nomination in the category Best New Work by a 
     Contemporary Composer for the recording of his composition Sonata 
     for Clarinet and Piano from the compact disc Welcome Home: A 
     Collection of American Works for Clarinet and Piano (Arabesque 
     Recordings Z6703), 1998
º  American Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2000
º  Brown Derby Award, Indiana University Society of Professional Journalists, 
     2000.  This award is given annually to a faculty member who has been 
     deemed outstanding and popular with his/her students and who merits 
     their highest respect.
º  ”Spirit of the Prairie Award”, Conner Prairie Living History Museum; Indianapolis, IN;
     2000
º  First Annual Paul Laurence Dunbar Award, Brass Chamber Music 
     Foundation; Dayton, OH; 2001
º  Indiana Living Legend Award, Indiana Historical Society; Indianapolis, IN; 2001
º  Al Cobine Award, Jazz From Bloomington; Bloomington, IN; 2002
º  James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, Smithsonian Institution; Washington, DC; 2002
º  Inductee, Hall of Fame, Indianapolis Jazz Foundation; Indianapolis, IN; 2002
º  Outstanding Hoosier Musician Award, Indiana Music Educators Association;2003
º  Maria Fisher Founder's Award, The Thelonious Monk Institute; Washington, DC; 2003
º  P. A. Mack Award, FACET [Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching], 
     Indiana University; Bloomington, IN; 2003
º  Emmy Award for the music for the television documentary 
     For Gold and Glory, produced by WFYI-TV/PBS Indianapolis, IN; 2003
º  Honorary doctorate, Doctor of Music, Oberlin College: Oberlin, Ohio; 2004
º  Living Treasure Award, Bloomington (IN) Arts Council; 2004
º  Lowell Mason Award, Music Educators National Conference; 2005
º  Honorary doctorate, Doctor of Music, New England Conservatory of Music;
     Boston, Massachusetts; 2006
º  Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, Indiana University; Bloomington, IN; 2006
º  Living Jazz Legend Award, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing 
     Arts; Washington, D.C.; 2007








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