Jan-Berry-Backer-150pxJan Berry Baker has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Japan, Mexico, France, Germany, Scotland, England, Ukraine, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. An advocate of new music, she is the Co-Artistic Director and saxophonist with Bent Frequency. She has commissioned and premiered numerous works by distinguished and cutting-edge composers and has won national and international grants to fund the creation, performance and recording of new music. The Bent Frequency Duo Project (with percussionist Stuart Gerber) has commissioned over 20 new works for saxophone and percussion in the past few years and has given over 30 performances of these works across the US, Germany, Mexico, and France.

As an orchestral saxophonist, she regularly performs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra, Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet and has been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Canada, Ukraine, Mexico, and the United States. She can be heard on American Orchestral Works with Grant Park Symphony (Cedille), The Golden Ticket with the Atlanta Opera (Albany Records), Diamorpha (Centaur) with the Bent Frequency Duo Project, and Citizens of Nowhere, a CD of works written for clarinet and saxophone (Albany Records).

Dr. Baker is Associate Professor of Saxophone at Georgia State University and holds a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University. She is a Selmer and Vandoren performing artist and the Region 6 Director of the North American Saxophone Alliance.