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Transcript of chet.

- 1957, Chet Baker fell victim to heroin; an addiction that would plague him for the rest of his life.

- He would sell his instruments...

- Spent more than a year in an Italian prison on drug charges.

- Deported from West Germany to the United States after walking on the wrong side of the law.

- 1966 he was brutally beaten after a gig in Sausalito .

It was suspected that he had been attempting to purchase drugs.

- This left him with deep cuts in his lips and broken front teeth.

destroyed his embouchure. Had to pump gas to make ends meet until dentures were fitted.

- 3 months after the dentures were fitted, he was offered a gig in
New York City.

- 1974, Chet made a comeback, relocating to NYC full-time.

- 1983, Elvis Costello hired Baker to play a solo on his song, “Shipbuilding.”

- It offered his music to a new audience and widened his influence internationally.

- He continued to work with Costello and, later, Van Morrison in 1986!

- During his journey back into the spotlight, his good friend Diana Vavra took care of him every step of the way, making sure he didn't relapse or break down.

- Left a unique and unforgettable impact on the jazz world.


- In 1953, Baker formed his own quartet dubbed, “The Chet Baker Quartet.”

- Released many popular albums between 1953 and 1956!

- In ’53 and ’54 Chet won the Down Beat and Metronome magazines’ Readers Jazz Polls, rising past the era’s two most famous trumpeters, Miles Davis and Clifford Brown.

- Starred in his first film, “Hell’s Horizon” in 1955.
did not accept a studio contract,
preferred life on the road as a musician

- 1956 he completed an eight-month tour of Europe where he recorded the album, "Chet Baker in Europe".

"Chet Baker in Europe"

#2 - Coin Flip:


The Girl From Greenland


in the
- Chesney (Chet) Harry Baker Jr. was born in Yale Oklahoma on December 23rd, 1929.

- His father introduced him to brass with a trombone.

It was too large. Chet moved instead to trumpet.

- At Glendale Junior High school he received a basic musical education, but left in 1946 at the age of 16 to join the U.S. army.

- 1948, left the army to study music theory and harmony at El Camino College in Los Angeles.

- Dropped out in his second year, re-enlisted in the army in 1950.

- Became involved in San Francisco jazz clubs.

- Became desperately inspired.

- Obtained discharge from the army again.

- Pursued a full-time career as a professional jazz musician.


"The Best of Chet Baker Sings".

#1 -


(Turn to the person to your left.
Best of 1
"My Funny Valentine"
"I Fall in Love Too Easily".

And so it was.
May 13th of 1988, Chesney Harry Baker Jr. passed away.
the life and times of
thank you.

"Soft Journey"
- Chet Baker (trumpet),
Maurizio Giammarco (tenor sax), & Enrico Pieranunzi
Noteworthy Albums:

“Chet Baker Sings”

“It Could Happen To You”


“Chet Baker in Tokyo”


- All of his time in jazz clubs

- Time spent in army bands

- Essentially, his parents!

Influenced and Worked With:

- Herb Alpert (trumpet and vocals)

- Stan Getz (tenor sax)
(Album, "Stan Meets Chet")

- Elvis Costello (vocalist)

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