Fred Thelonious Baker

Fred Baker is performing with Soft Machine at the MoonJune Festival Toledo on September 29, 2023.

Fred Thelonious Baker (born 4 June 1960) is an English guitarist and bass guitarist from Tibshelf, Derbyshire. 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, Elton Dean, Phil Miller In Cahoots. Since 2008 Fred Baker was subbing for Soft Machine bass players Hugh Hopper and Roy Bababington, and he officially became the integral part of Soft Machine in 2021.