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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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Discography

Italian Movies

Italian Movies

Moochin About
2016

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Boston, 1954

Boston, 1954

Uptown Records
2016

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Early Chet / Chet...

Pacific Jazz Records
2013

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Italian Movie...

Pacific Jazz Records
2013

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This Way, This Time

This Way, This Time

Rhyme Or Reason Records
2012

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