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Chet Baker

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: December 23, 1929 | Died: May 13, 1988    

Chet Baker

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. was raised in a musical household in Oklahoma (his father was a guitar player), and coming of age in Southern California during the bebop era of jazz, Baker found success as a trumpet player in 1951 when he was chosen by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast engagements.

In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which was an instant phenomenon. Baker became famous on the strength of his solo on their recording of “My Funny Valentine” a piece he was later said to “own”. The Quartet, however, lasted less than a year because of Mulligan's arrest on drug charges....
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  • Italian Movie Soundtracks

    Pacific Jazz Records
    2013
  • Early Chet / Chet Baker In Germany 1955-1959 / Lost Tapes

    Pacific Jazz Records
    2013
  • This Way, This Time

    Rhyme Or Reason Records
    2012
  • Sings & Plays

    Pacific Jazz Records
    2011
  • At The Salt Peanuts Club 1981

    Pacific Jazz Records
    2011
  • Alone Together

    Pacific Jazz Records
    2011
  • She Was Too Good To Me

    CTI Masterworks
    2011
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