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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. In 1954, Baker won the Downbeat Jazz Poll, beating Miles Davis among others


Live In Paris

Label: Elemental Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD 1: There Will Never Be Another You; Easy Living; But Not for Me; Stella by Starlight; Funk in Deep Freeze; Just Friends. CD 2: Arbor Way; Strollin’; Margerine; Lament; Walkin’.


News: Video / DVD

Chet Baker in Paris in June 1980

Chet Baker in Paris in June 1980

On June 25, 1980, trumpeter Chet Baker was in Paris on tour. That night, he performed at the Dreher Club, located in the basement of the building at 1 Rue Saint-Denis, at the corner of Place du Châtelet. He was backed by Nicola Stilo on flute, Karl Ratzer on guitar, Ricardo Del Fra on bass and ...


Article: Book Review

George Michael, A Life

Read "George Michael, A Life" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

George Michael: A Life James Gavin 528 Pages ISBN-13: # 978-1419747946 Harry N. Abrams 2022 Music biographer, James Gavin, summed up his approach to picking biography subjects during his discussion* with Jamie Brickouse in Interview magazine: “With all that I write, my antennae vibrate from miles away ...


Article: Album Review

Alan Broadbent Trio: Like Minds

Read "Like Minds" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Alan Broadbent, a superb New Zealand-born pianist who has made his home in America for more than fifty years, has mapped out another impressive trio album, Like Minds, his twenty-seventh as leader or co-leader and third for Savant Records. The term “pianist" is used here because that is Broadbent's most conspicuous role on this recording. He ...


Article: Album Review

Dmitri Matheny: Cascadia

Read "Cascadia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cascadia encompasses an hour of amiable, even-tempered jazz from trumpeter Dmitri Matheny who, like several of his predecessors—Chet Baker, Chuck Mangione, Guido Basso and his mentor, Art Farmer, among them—focuses exclusively on flugelhorn. Matheny uses his gorgeous tone and remarkable lyricism to paint exquisite portraits in sound throughout a program whose ten engaging numbers enfold half ...


Article: Interview

Scott Wilson: Nurturing Future Generations of Jazz Musicians

Read "Scott Wilson: Nurturing  Future Generations of Jazz Musicians" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

Scott Wilson is a performer, educator, and composer. He worked at Grand Link World Theme Park in Qingdao, China, at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, and at Tokyo Disney Sea, among other places around the world. Having many years of experience in the music industry, he has stepped into teaching jazz. Wilson has authored ...


Article: Rising Stars

Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos

Read "Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine.The winners of the New Jersey Jazz Society's new Juried Scholarship Competition are:$1,000 prize for PerformanceTrumpeter Liam Sutcliffe, Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Studies Program$1,000 prize for Composition Vocalist Jimmy Waltman, Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies$500 prize ...

Article: Album Review

John Scofield: John Scofield

Read "John Scofield" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il primo disco realizzato in completa solitudine rappresenta sempre una tappa importante per qualunque musicista, anche quando arriva dopo cinquant'anni di carriera professionale come nel caso del chitarrista John Scofield, che vi si era finora sottratto per le difficoltà tecniche e le limitazioni dovute al suonare dovendosi contemporaneamente fornire un accompagnamento. In effetti, per la musica ...


Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...


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