Chet Baker, who passed away in 1988 was a senior American trumpet player, and is high on the list of best jazz trumpeters. Born into a musical family in Oklahoma, he did a lot of his career work out of southern California.
Chet’s style has been declared as cool jazz, and later straight ahead jazz, and he played in several famous groups of the last century. In the mix of his daily life heroin showed up. While Chet was was a fine performer and prolific artist, the addiction depressed his state of living for many years.
Chet puts out a cool, clear melody bringing lots of easy listening. Try these links to Autumn Leaves, and then to an incredible 1 1/2 hr group performance for a feel of his work, and for your own entertainment.
Tune in Sunday 26 April at 8 am for the experience of Chet Baker’s life & music. This show will be on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program with KCSM’s Dick Conte.