Fred Thelonious Baker

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Fred Thelonious Baker in 2007

Fred Thelonious Baker (born 4 June 1960) is an English guitarist and jazz bass guitarist from Tibshelf, Derbyshire. He is known for playing in Phil Miller's Canterbury scene band In Cahoots.[1]

Baker played the guitar until his mid-teens, at which point he began to take an interest in the bass as well. He played in The John Etheridge/Ric Sanders Group in the early 1980s. He has also worked with his own group, the Fred Thelonious Baker Group who recorded a self-titled album in 1984. Baker has recorded several albums with Harry Beckett. They have also made a concert tour in Europe together. Recently, Baker accompanied Beckett's band on a Charles Mingus tribute tour in the UK. Other artists Baker has worked with include Horace Parlan, Vikki Clayton and Elton Dean.[1]

Baker joined In Cahoots in April 1988, replacing their bassist Hugh Hopper.[2] He has toured and recorded six albums with them, and remains a key member of the band. He also works as a teacher at Birmingham Conservatoire and The University of Huddersfield.[1]


With Phil Miller/In Cahoots
  • Split Seconds (1988)
  • In Cahoots Live 86–89 (1989)
  • Digging In (1991)
  • Double Up (guitar duo with Phil Miller, 1992)[3]
  • In Cahoots Live in Japan (1993)
  • Recent Discoveries (1994)
  • Parallel (1996)
  • Out of the Blue (2001)
  • All That (2003)
  • Conspiracy Theories (2007)
With Harry Beckett
  • Bremen Concert (1987)
  • Live, Vol. 2 (1987)
  • All Four One (1991)
  • Les Jardins Du Casino (1993, ITM)
Solo recordings
  • Life Suite (2014, First Hand Records)
  • Fred Thelonious Baker Group (1984)
  • Missing Link (1999)[4]


  1. ^ a b c Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. Rough Guides. p. 37. ISBN 1-84353-256-5. 
  2. ^ "Fred Baker". Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Double Up. Retrieved 4 April 2010.

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