Maury Baker

Maury comes from a showbiz family.  His grandfather was Maurice Abrahams, the acclaimed Tin Pan Alley composer.  His grandmother was Belle Baker, the famous vaudeville singer.  His father was Herbert Baker, the Emmy Award winning Hollywood comedy writer.

Maury’s experience as a drummer, timpanist, and composer includes all genres of music.   In 1969, he toured with Janis Joplin in her Kozmic Blues Band (performed at Woodstock, and several other large pop festivals, including Madison Square Garden).  He can be heard on her I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! album on the hit single Try, and others.  Maury’s television appearances with Janis include The Dick Cavett Show, The Tom Jones Show, The Glen Campbell Show, and The Music Scene.  In 2003, he performed with the Kozmic Blues band, sharing the bill with Big Brother and The Holding Company at New York’s prestigious SummerStage in a tribute to Janis Joplin.  

You can find Maury’s credits listed with Janis Joplin in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1967, Maury’s band Ars Nova, signed with Elektra and produced by the legendary Paul Rothchild, performed at the Fillmore East on a bill with The Doors, and opened for Joni Mitchell at the Second Fret in Philadelphia.  Ars Nova was featured in Life Magazine in 1968. 

He performed and/or recorded with Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, George Duke,

Ron Carter, David Benoit, Jimmy Haslip, Bunny Bunel, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Tom Jones, Jackson Browne, Steve Stills, Van Morrison, Seals & Croft, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs, Bobbie Gentry, Trini Lopez, R. B. Greaves, Albert Lee, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Robert E. Luna, Booker T. Jones, Tom Paxton, Bobbie Gentry, Theodore Bikel, Zoot Money, Dr. John, Scott LaFaro, Pepper Adams, David Amram, Lee Michaels, Miroslav Vitous, Henry Franklin, Theo Saunders, Nick Mancini, Michael Saucier, Otmaro Ruiz, Leslie King, Barbara Morrison, Leddie Garcia, Austin Peralta, Zane Musa, and many others.

Maury played snare drum with the Black Watch in Canada, and timpani with a Russian folk orchestra.

From 1963, Maury studied percussion and composition at the Mannes Conservatory in New York performing one of the first performances in America of Vaughn-WIlliams’ 4th Symphony with the renowned Viennese conductor Carl Bamberger.  He performed with the New York Symphony Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society in Orange County with Christopher Hogwood in a performance of Gluck’s Orfeo, and an avant garde version of Purcell’s Fairy Queen at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.  From 1983, he performed with several early music orchestras including the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego and others.  More recently, he performed Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and several other baroque and classical masterpieces. 

He composes music for film, TV, video games, and the Internet.  His music can be heard on national promos for CBS including: JAG, Nash Bridges, Dr. Quinn, – Medicine Woman, Walker, – Texas Ranger, the soundtrack used by the award winning Russ Saunders Electric on the 1995 Emmy Awards show, the logo used on District 9 (See QED Project in the VIDEOS page) for the international film distributor QED, the score to an Aikido documentary that received rave reviews in the Los Angeles Times, among other projects.

A new Frank Zappa CD “Little Dots” was released November 4, 2016 featuring Maury on drums, and steel drums in Part 1 and  Part 2.  Maury wrote Liner Notes for the CD.