Baikida Carroll

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Baikida Carroll (born January 15, 1947)[1] is an American jazz trumpeter.[2]

Carroll studied at Southern Illinois University and at the Armed Forces School of Music.[1] Following this he became a member of the Black Artists Group in St. Louis, where he directed their big band.[1] This group recorded in Europe in the 1970s.[3]


Carroll was born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States,[1] and attended Vashon and Soldan High School. He studied trumpet with Vernon Nashville. His early influences were Clark Terry and Lee Morgan. Carroll worked with the All City Jazz Band, whose members included Lester Bowie, J.D. Parran and James ”Jabbo” Ware. While still in high school he worked with Albert King, Little Milton, and Oliver Sain.[1] Carroll joined the United States Army in 1965 and served in the 3rd Infantry Division Band in Wurzburg, Germany. In 1968, he returned to St. Louis and led the Baikida Carroll Sextet, also becoming orchestra conductor/director of the Black Artists Group of St. Louis (BAG), a multidisciplinary arts collective that brought him into contact with Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluiett, and John Hicks. In 1972, Carroll, Lake, Joseph Bowie, Charles "Bobo" Shaw, and Floyd LeFlore ventured to Paris, France, touring as Oliver Lake and the Black Artists Group. He also performed with Anthony Braxton, Alan Silva, Steve Lacy, and his own quartet. He taught theory and trumpet at The American Center in Paris and was artist in residence at the Cité internationale des arts.

Carroll moved to New York City in 1975 and was active in the free jazz community.[1] He also taught at Queens College. He began composing music for plays with Joseph Papp at the New York Public Theater and continued to score for Broadway and WNET-TV as part of the series The American Playhouse and at McCarter Theatre. In 1981, he performed at the Woodstock Jazz Festival that celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Creative Music Studio.[4] His performance and recorded history includes works with Julius Hemphill, Howard Johnson, Sam Rivers, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Cecil Taylor, Reggie Workman, Oliver Lake, Carla Bley, Wadada Leo Smith, Jay McShann, Bobby Bradford, Roscoe Mitchell, and Tim Berne.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Orange Fish Tears (Palm, 1974)
  • The Spoken Word (HatHUT, 1977)
  • Shadows and Reflections (Soul Note, 1982)
  • Door of the Cage (Soul Note, 1995)
  • Marionettes on a High Wire (OmniTone, 2001)[5]

As sideman[edit]

As producer[edit]

  • Danielle Woerner, She Walks In Beauty, Parnassus, 1998
  • Jeff Siegel, Magical Spaces, Consolidated Artist Productions, 2005
  • Danielle Woerner, Voices of the Valley, Albany Music Distribution, 2006


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 423/4. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ Listing for Carroll, Baikida (E. J. Carroll) on (accessed November 23, 2014).
  3. ^ Owsley, Dennis (2006). City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973. St. Louis: Reedy Press. p. 184. ISBN 978-1933370040.
  4. ^ Nelson, Nels (March 24, 1989). "A Life In Jazz Baikida Carroll & 'Betsey Brown' Are Both Difficult To Pigeonhole". Interstate General Media.
  5. ^ Astarita, Glenn (April 1, 2001). "Baikida Carroll: Marionettes On A High Wire (review)". All About Jazz.
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