Kent Baker Music

ii-V-I Jazz Trio

With nearly a century and a half of performances between any three of them on the bandstand, the ii-V-I Jazz Trio has just wrapped a year-long residency at The Foundry at Summit Pond, Killington, VT.

For bookings or more information, contact Kent Baker at or at 802.287.1066.

Sample Sound Files

  • (Our) Love Is Here to Stay (George Gershwin)
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street (Jimmy McHugh)
  • Stella By Starlight (Victor Young)
  • Taking a Chance on Love (Vernon Duke)
  • What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter)

  • Bear Irwin (trombone)

    Bear Irwin (trombone) began teaching instrumental music in 1970, and returned to teach instrumental music at Mill River Union High School in the Fall of 2003, retiring from MRUHS in 2015. Before returning to Mill River Union High School, he taught vocal and/or instrumental music at Enosburg Falls Junior-Senior High School & Elementary School, Bakersfield Middle School, Montgomery Elementary School (1970-1974, 1984-1992), Middlebury Union Junior and Senior High School (1974-1976), Mill River Union High School (1992-1998), and Rutland Town School (1998-2003). Bear also taught Senior High Methods and Brass Methods on the Adjunct Faculty of Johnson State College and Castleton State College, and presently teaches trombone at Middlebury College. Bear has done graduate work at UVM, Central Connecticut State University, and Plymouth State College, studying with James Swearingen, Robert W. Smith, Anne McGinty, Jack Stamp, Richard Derosa, Craig Kirchoff, and H. Robert Reynolds.

    Bear served on the Vermont Music Educators Association Executive Board as District Divisions Coordinator (1989-2015) and as President (July 2001 to June 2009). Bear served as Vice President (1990-1995) and President (1995-1998) of the International Association of Jazz Educators Vermont Unit. Between 2000 and 2004, Bear was the Manager of the Vermont All State Music Festival Jazz Ensemble, and he was a Staff Member/Clinician/Conductor at Jazz Vermont (music camp with eight or nine ensembles for adults from all over the country) from 1984 to 2014.

    Bear was a Director of the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra Concert Band from 2000 to 2014, and a coach of Shrewsbury Chamber Music Society Brass and Jazz Ensembles from 1998 to 2012. Mr. Irwin organized, manages and plays Lead Trombone for the Vermont Jazz Ensemble (since 1976), and he also performs with Satin 'n' Steel, Stolen Moments, Moments Notice, Doctor Burma, Catamount Brass, The DoughBoys, and other ensembles throughout Vermont, while guest conducting or doing workshops and clinics several times per year.

    Bear has been presented the Outstanding Vermont Teacher Award by the University of Vermont three times over twenty-two years (from Enosburg Falls Jr.-Sr. H.S. in 1986, and from Rutland Town School in 2000, and from Mill River Union High School in 2008). He was named Vermont Educator of the Year by the Vermont VFW Auxiliary in 2000, and in May of 2009, he was inducted into the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame. In 2017, Bear Irwin received the Special Recognition Award presented by the Green Mountain District V Music Festival and the Vermont Music Educators Association.

    At this time, Bear is teaching private lessons three days each week at the Middlebury Community Music Center.

    Personnel (click picture for bio)

    Bear Irwin
    Glendon Ingalls
    Bass, Trumpet, Sousaphone
    Ron White
    Bass, First Call
    Kent Baker