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Chet Baker


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December 23, 1929 - May 13, 1988


From the Chet Baker album "Candy", released in 1985.


Chet Baker, trumpet & voice
Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, double bass
Michel Graillier, piano

Born in Yale, Oklahoma to musical parents, Chet Baker's first instrument was his voice, singing in the church choir. Next came trombone, as suggested by his father, but eventually Chet gravitated towards a smaller instrument, the trumpet.

He enlisted in the Army in 1946, traveling to Berlin and there joining the 298th Army Band. Upon leaving the army two years later, he received musical education in Los Angeles but dropped out after a year.

He returned to the army in 1950, and played with the 6th Army Band in San Francisco. At that point, he began playing in bay area jazz clubs and eventually left the army again, finally pursuing a career as a professional musician, soon becoming an icon of the jazz "cool school" on the West Coast.

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