Jazz Musician of the Day: Chet Baker

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All About Jazz is celebrating Chet Baker's birthday today!

Chesney Henry “Chet" Baker Jr. was raised in a musical household in Oklahoma (his father was a guitarist), 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...Read more.

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