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Chet Baker was a main exponent from the Western Coast college of great jazz in the first and mid-’50s. Like a trumpeter, he previously a generally restrained, romantic playing design and he captivated interest beyond jazz for his photogenic appears and performing. But his profession was marred by medication addiction. Baker’s dad, Chesney Henry Baker,Sr., was a guitarist who was simply forced to carefully turn to various other work through the Despair; his mom, Vera (Moser) Baker, proved helpful within a perfumery. The family members transferred from Oklahoma to Glendale, CA, in 1940. As a kid, Baker sang at beginner tournaments and in a cathedral choir. Before his adolescence, his dad brought house a trombone for him, after that replaced it using a trumpet once the bigger instrument proved an excessive amount of for him. He previously his initial formal trained in music in junior high and afterwards at Glendale SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, but would play generally by hearing for the others of his lifestyle. In 1946, when he was just 16 yrs . old, he slipped away from senior high school and his parents agreed upon papers enabling him to enlist within the military; he was delivered to Berlin, Germany, where he performed within the 298th Military Band. After his release in 1948, he enrolled at Un Camino University in LA, where he examined theory and tranquility while playing in jazz night clubs, but he give up college in the center of his second calendar year. He re-enlisted within the military in 1950 and joined up with the Sixth Military Band on the Presidio in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. But he also started sitting down in at night clubs in the town and he finally attained a second release to become professional jazz musician. Baker originally performed in Vido Musso’s music group, after that with Stan Getz. (The very first recording offering Baker is really a overall performance of “From Nowhere” that originates from a tape of the jam session produced on March 24, 1952, and premiered on the new Sound Information LP Live in the Trade Winds.) His break arrived quickly, when, within the springtime of 1952, he was selected at an audition to try out some Western Coast times with Charlie Parker, producing his debut using the famed saxophonist in the Tiffany Golf club in LA on, may 29, 1952. That summer season, he started playing within the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, an organization featuring just baritone sax, trumpet, bass, and drums — no piano — that enticed interest during an engagement on the Haig nightclub and through recordings in the recently produced Pacific Jazz Information (afterwards known as Globe Pacific Information), you start with the 10″ LP Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which highlighted Baker’s well-known rendition of “My Crazy Valentine.” The Gerry Mulligan Quartet lasted for under per year, folding when its head went to prison on a medication charge in June 1953. Baker proceeded to go solo, developing his very own quartet, which originally highlighted Russ Freeman on piano, Crimson Mitchell on bass, and Bobby Light on drums, and producing his first documenting as head for Pacific Jazz on July 24, 1953. Baker was hailed by followers and critics and he received several polls within the next couple of years. In 1954, Pacific Jazz released Chet Baker Sings, an recording that improved his recognition but alienated traditional jazz followers; he would continue steadily to sing for the others of his profession. Acknowledging his chiseled visual appearance, nearby Hollywood arrived phoning and he produced his performing debut within the film Hell’s Horizon, released in nov 1955. But he dropped an offer of the studio agreement and toured European countries from Sept 1955 to Apr 1956. When he came back towards the U.S., he created a quintet that presented saxophonist Phil Urso and pianist Bobby Timmons. Unlike his status for calm, laid-back playing, Baker considered even more of a bop design with this group, which documented the record Chet Baker & Staff for Pacific Jazz in July 1956. Baker toured the U.S. in Feb 1957 using the Birdland All-Stars and had taken an organization to European countries afterwards that calendar year. He came back to European countries in which to stay 1959, settling in Italy, where he acted within the film Urlatori Alla Sbarra. Hollywood, on the other hand, had not completely abadndoned him, a minimum of as a way to obtain motivation, and in 1960, a fictionalized film biography of his lifestyle, All the Great Young Cannibals, made an appearance with Robert Wagner within the starring function of Chad Bixby. Baker acquired become dependent on heroin in the 1950s and have been incarcerated briefly on many events, but his medication habit only started to hinder his career considerably in the 1960s. He was caught in Italy in the summertime of 1960 and spent nearly a year . 5 in prison. He celebrated his launch by documenting Chet Is Back again! for RCA in Feb 1962. (They have since been reissued because the Italian Sessions so when Somewhere On the Rainbow.) Later on in the entire year, he was caught in Western Germany and expelled to Switzerland, after that France, later on moving to Britain in August 1962 to seem as himself within the film The Stolen Hours, that was released in 1963. He was deported from Britain to France due to a medication criminal offense in March 1963. He resided in Paris and performed there and in Spain on the following calendar year, but after getting imprisoned again in Western world Germany, he was deported back again to the U.S. He came back to America after five years in European countries on March 3, 1964, and performed primarily in NY and LA during the middle-’60s, having turned briefly from trumpet to flügelhorn. In the summertime of 1966, he experienced a severe defeating in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA that was linked to his medication addiction. The occurrence is normally misdated and sometimes exaggerated in accounts of his lifestyle, often because of his very own unreliable testimony. It is stated, for example, that his teeth had been knocked out, that is false, though one teeth was damaged and the overall deterioration of his tooth resulted in his being installed with dentures in the past due ’60s, forcing him to retrain his embouchure. The defeating was not the reason for the drop in his job during this time period, but it is normally emblematic of this decline. By the finish from the ’60s, he was documenting and performing just infrequently and he ended playing totally in the first ’70s. Regaining some control over his existence by firmly taking methadone to regulate his heroin craving (though he continued to be an addict), Baker ultimately mounted a return that culminated inside a prominent NY golf club engagement in November 1973 along with a reunion concert with Gerry Mulligan at Carnegie Hall in November 1974 which was documented and released by Epic Information. By the middle-’70s, Baker could return to European countries and he spent the others of his existence performing there mainly, with occasional excursions to Japan and intervals back the U.S., even though he previously no permanent home. He attracted the eye of rock music artists, with whom he sometimes performed, for instance adding trumpet to Elvis Costello’s documenting of his anti-Falklands Battle music “Shipbuilding” in 1983. In 1987, professional photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber undertook a documentary film about Baker. The next yr, Baker died inside a fall from a resort windows in Amsterdam after acquiring heroin and cocaine. Weber’s film, Let’s Obtain Shed, premiered in Sept 1988 to crucial acclaim and gained an Academy Honor nomination. In 1997, Baker’s unfinished autobiography was released under the name As Though I HAD FORMED Wings: The Shed Memoir as well as the publication was optioned by Miramax for any film version. Baker’s medication addiction triggered him to business lead a disorganized and peripatetic existence, his constant dependence on cash needing him to simply accept many ill-advised documenting provides, while his undependability avoided him from producing long-term commitments to record brands. Because of this, his discography is usually considerable and wildly unequal.

Quick Facts


Full Name Chet Baker
Died May 13, 1988, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Profession Trumpeter, Actor, Singer, Film Score Composer
Education El Camino College
Nationality American
Spouse Carol Baker
Children Missy Baker, Dean Baker, Chesney Aftab Baker, Paul Baker
Parents Vera Baker, Chesney H. Baker Sr.
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs My Funny Valentine, Almost Blue, I Fall in Love Too Easily, But Not For Me, There Will Never Be Another You, I Get Along Without You Very Well, Time After Time, I've Never Been in Love Before, That Old Feeling, You Don't Know What Love Is, Alone Together, Autumn Leaves, Every Time We Say Goodbye, The Touch of Your Lips, Like Someone in Love, Look For The Silver Lining, It's Always You, My Ideal, Everything Happens to Me, Deep in a Dream, Tenderly, This Is Always, My Old Flame, Lush Life, Born to Be Blue, Stella by Starlight, Just Friends, If You Could See Me Now, Little Girl Blue, Long Ago and Far Away, The Thrill Is Gone, Come Rain or Come Shine
Albums Chet Baker Sings, Chet, Chet Is Back!, She Was Too Good to Me, Baker's Holiday, Chet Baker & Crew, Blood, Chet and Tears, Silent Nights, Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe, Jazz at Ann Arbor, A Taste of Tequila, Chet Baker Big Band, Stan Meets Chet, Chet Baker in Milan, Candy, The Heart of the Ballad, Quartet: Russ Freeman/Chet Baker, Chet Baker Introduces Johnny Pace, Chet Baker in Europe, Chet Baker Sings And Plays From The Film "Let's Get Lost", Smokin' with the Chet Baker Quintet, Witch Doctor, Albert's House, Chet Baker Italian Movies, At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall, Hamburg 1979, It Could Happen to You: Chet Baker Sings, The Complete Legendary Sessions, Sings and Plays, Young Chet, Chet Baker & Strings, Chet Baker in Tokyo, Chet Baker in Paris, Boston 1954, Symphonically, Cool Burnin' with the Chet Baker Quintet, Groovin' with the Chet Baker Quintet, Comin' On with the Chet Baker Quintet, Boppin' with the Chet Baker Quintet, Chet Baker Sings Again, Chet Baker Plays Vladimir Cosma, In the Mood, Chet Baker Greatest Hits, Smog (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Remastered], Chet In Paris Vol 1, Love for Sale - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club, Chet Baker Sextet (Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1957)
Nominations Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Make-up
Movies The Guard, Let's Get Lost, Night of Lust, Stolen Hours, Howlers of the Dock, Lapsus (du Bon Usage De La Langue), Chet's Romance


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#Fact
1 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 53-55. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
2 Though it was said that he couldn't read music, he was actually semi-literate; he had a rudimentary ability to read music, but because he was so good at playing by ear, he never used or improved his music-reading ability.
3 His father, Chesney Baker, Sr., played guitar in country & western bands.
4 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1987.
5 Jazz trumpeter


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Captain America: Civil War 2016 performer: "I Fall In Love Too Easily"
American Horror Story 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Aquarius 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
iZombie 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hiding 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Stalker 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Haganenet 2014 "Let's Get Lost"
Magic City 2012-2013 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Parenthood 2010-2013 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Gent de paraula 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
House of Lies 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shame 2011 performer: "Let's Get Lost"
The Guard 2011 performer: "Everything Happens To Me"
Las tragedias de los famosos 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Private Practice 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Deaths of Chet Baker 2009 Short performer: "My Funny Valentine"
Saving Grace 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game performer: "Let's Get Lost"
Parashat Ha-Shavua TV Series performer - 5 episodes, 2006 - 2008 writer - 2 episodes, 2006
Parlami d'amore 2008 performer: "My Funny Valentine"
Elegy 2008/I performer: "Early Morning Mood" / writer: "Early Morning Mood"
The Sopranos 1999-2007 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Silence Becomes You 2005 performer: "I Fall in Love Too Easily"
The Weather Man 2005 performer: "Sweet Lorraine" 1928
Embedded 2005 Video performer: "Alone Together"
The 4400 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Crossing Jordan 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Company 2003 performer: "My Funny Valentine"
The Night We Called It a Day 2003 performer: "When I Fall In Love"
Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) 2003 performer: "You & the Night & the Music"
The Event 2003 performer: "My Funny Valentine"
Benjamim 2003 performer: "The Wind"
Ramona 2003 TV Mini-Series performer: "Just Friends"
Skeppsholmen 2002 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Au plus près du paradis 2002 performer: "'Round About Midnight"
The Majestic 2001 performer: "Over the Rainbow"
L'uomo in più 2001 performer: "Relaxing with Chet"
Sidewalks of New York 2001 performer: "Lush Life" 1938
Ja jestem Jurek 2000 Short performer: "The Wind', "What'll I Do", "She Was Too Good To Me"
Aberdeen 2000 performer: "I Get Along Without You Very Well"
Histórias do Flamengo 1999 Documentary performer: "Zingaro"
The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 performer: "MY FUNNY VALENTINE"
Elephant Juice 1999 performer: "Here's That Rainy Day"
The Sixth Sense 1999 performer: "I Fall In Love Too Easily"
The Love Letter 1999 performer: "I've Never Been In Love Before"
Ben & Gunnar 1999 TV Movie performer: "As Time Goes By" - uncredited
Playing by Heart 1998 performer: "I'm Glad There Is You" 1941, "Everything Happens to Me" 1940, "I soliti ignoti" 1958, "Lucius Lu" 1952
B. Monkey 1998 performer: "IMAGINATION"
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth 1998 Documentary performer: "It Never Entered My Mind"
The Cruise 1998 Documentary performer: "But Not For Me", "Autumn In New York"
Dance with Me 1998 performer: "Let's Get Lost"
Chicago Cab 1997 performer: "Joy to the World"
L.A. Confidential 1997 performer: "Look for the Silver Lining" 1920, "Makin' Whoopee" 1928, "At Last" 1941
This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 performer: "THE THRILL IS GONE", "YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS"
Art City 1: Making It in Manhattan 1996 Documentary performer: "Smog"
Stealing Beauty 1996 performer: "TENDERLY"
Bottle Rocket 1994 Short performer: "The Route" / writer: "The Route"
Fallen Angels 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Chain of Desire 1992 performer: "So Hard To Know"
Let's Get Lost 1988 Documentary performer: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes, "Chetty's Lullaby", "So Che ti Perdero", "So Hard to Know", "Walkin' Shoes", "While My Lady Sleeps", "Witch Doctor", "You and the Night and the Music", "You Make Me Feel So Young" / writer: "Chetty's Lullaby", "So Che ti Perdero" - as Baker
Broken Noses 1987 Documentary "If I Should Lose You", "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye", "Whatever Possessed Me", "Little Girl Blue", "My Foolish Heart"
'Round Midnight 1986 performer: "Fairweather"
Sharky's Machine 1981 performer: "My Funny Valentine"
The Wanderers 1979 performer: "You Can't Go Home Again"
Flic ou voyou 1979 "Flic Ou Voyou", "Tendresse Clarinette", "Le Premier Meurtre", "Tendresse Basse Et Guitare", "Ponctuation Trompette", "Variation Sur Le Thème Suspense", "Variation Sur Le Thème Tendresse", "Variation Sur Le Thème Voyou", "Tout Nu", "Filatures", "Final Voyou"
Howlers of the Dock 1960 performer: "Arrivederci"
Les tricheurs 1958 "Tommyhawk"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alles ist ein Wunder. Ein Artistenleben 2000 TV Movie documentary
Insalata Mista 1996 Short
Lapsus 1991 Short
Chet's romance 1988 Documentary short
L'enfer sur la plage 1966
Sexus 1965
Le concerto de la peur 1963

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Twin 1984 musician: trumpet solo
Flic ou voyou 1979 musician: trompet
Man Outside 1965 music
Intrigo a Los Angeles 1964 musician: trumpet solo
Smog 1962 musician: trumpet solo
Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti 1959 musician: trumpet solo
The Fast and the Furious 1955 musician: jazz music - as The Chet Baker Quartette

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Howlers of the Dock 1960 Chet l'americano
Hell's Horizon 1955 Jockey

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chet's romance 1988 Documentary short Himself
Let's Get Lost 1988 Documentary Himself
Chet Baker: Live at Ronnie Scott's 1986 Video Himself
Where the Action Is 1966 TV Series Himself
Nudi per vivere 1963 Documentary
Summer Flight 1963 Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pura Química 2016 TV Series Himself
Today 2016 TV Series Himself
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon 2008 Documentary Himself
De wereld draait door 2007 TV Series Himself
The Naked City 2007 Short Dead Man

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