On July 28, John Baker left this world in Austin, Texas at age 74. Born in Leavenworth to Charlie and Esther Baker both deceased. Siblings include Jane Seuser of Leavenworth; Jean Sandavol (d), brother Ray(d). Married 53 years to Susan Allen they raised sons Paul, Jason (d 1973), Kelly, Norma Jean, loving Grandchildren Sydni, Hendrix, Ava, Miles and Kian and numerous nieces/nephews.
John was a jazz authority; amassing a collection of Big Band, Blues, and Dixieland. He contributed memorabilia to the KC American Museum of Jazz, and Rutgers University, Red Nichols collection. John connected world wide with fellow Jazz collectors and met and worked with idols like Bobby Hackett, Wing Manone, Doc Severinson. His greatest treasure an autograph picture from idol Louis Armstrong. Donations in Johns memory may be made American Jazz Museum KC https://americanjazzmuseum.org/support. A private memorial is planned.
Posted online on August 04, 2021