Margie Baker

In the 1950s, she chaperoned her younger sister-in-law, Mary Stallings, a jazz singer, at nightclubs where she encountered and befriended musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and James Moody. Always a jazz and blues fan, she began singing professionally in 1973.

She was employed primarily by the Hilton hotel chain, performing at Henri's Room in the San Francisco Hilton two nights a week during the school year and five nights a week during the summer, also traveling to Hilton hotels in other parts of the country and around the world. After her retirement from her day job, she was able to devote more time to performing.

In 2003, a concert she gave in San Francisco's Jazz Preservation District was recorded and released locally as her debut CD, Live at Rassalas. In 2005, at the age of 68, she had her first national album release with Live at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, issued by CAP Records.