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Chet Baker: Remembering His Legacy


Chet Baker: Remembering Legacy

Well, Chet Baker had two careers in his lifetime. Through the 50s, he was the biggest star in the field of jazz. He was a strikingly beautiful man who played trumpet and sang in an androgynous voice that was too fragile for the world. He won both readers and critics polls in one of the most famous magazines, called DownBeat. Baker’s recordings were mainly worked with baritone sax player Gerry Mulligan. The partner was essential documents of West Coast jazz in the US. But for the following, Baker’s gave into heroin addiction and became a cult artist. He was a figure whose musical output was often outshined by the tragic narrative of his life. His caved-in, and gaunt face told the story of a promising young man whose talents gone in a seed. He died in 1988 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The Legend

Chet Baker: Remembering Legacy
Chet Baker: Remembering His Legacy

Chet Baker was born on December 23rd of 1929. He was raised in a musical household in Oklahoma. He began his musical career in a church choir in his hometown. Baker’s father provided him with a trombone that soon he would play. Then, it was replaced with a trumpet when he thought that the trombone is too heavy for him. As he improved in trumpet playing, his peers called him a natural musician. Baker then received musical education at Glendale Junior High. He left school in 1946, as he reached 16 years old and joined the US Army. He then later joined the 298th Army band as he was assigned in Berlin, Germany. After discharging from the army, he then proceeded to pursue a career in the music field.

Chet Baker And His Style

Chet Baker: Remembering Legacy
Chet Baker: Remembering His Legacy

When Chet Baker joined Gerry Mulligan’s quartet – a baritone saxophonist, this was his big breakthrough. Hence, he was a revolutionary outfit during that time because there was no pianist in the band. Thus, that was a different setup that provided freedom and harmonic for the two horn players. However, it gave rise to them to play intertwining contrapuntal melodies. The quartet’s gigs were a huge interest for many listeners in which led them to Dick Boch’s Pacific Jazz label recording. Their band even had a hit with the rendition of jazz standard – instrumental. Baker could communicate with a few notes, like with Miles Davis – a fellow trumpeter. As other musicians that can’t even express if they have hundreds at their disposal.

Chet Baker Jazz Festival

Chet Baker: Remembering Legacy
Chet Baker: Remembering His Legacy

The Chet Baker Jazz Festival was a celebration of his music. Not only his music but also a variety of jazz styles that includes Mike Cameron and Jarrod Johnson. They sing bebop, improvisational, or original jazz music. Also, it includes other Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame regulars, the Eichers, sung gypsy jazz. Organizers of the festival hope that the festival will grow wide and will attract more attention to the country. They also have plans to increase the awareness of Baker’s connection. As well as raise his profile to their city – Chet Baker Jazz Center with studio or museum with his memorabilia in Yale, Oklahoma.

He is genuinely one of the most famous jazz contributors in the history of jazz music in the US. Though with many problems he faced in his career, he still pursued his dreams to make people love the genre of jazz. His legacy continues up to this date that has inspired millions of fans and listeners. He was indeed one of the best jazz musicians in the 20th-century.

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