Chet Baker

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Birthday
23, 1929
Birthplace
Yale, OK
Death Date
May 13, 1988 (58)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
23, 1929
Birthplace
Yale, OK
Death Date
May 13, 1988 (58)

About

Jazz trumpeter who performed with Charlie Parker and Gerry Mulligan but wrecked his career with drug abuse.

Before Fame

He served in the army as part of the garrison in Berlin, where he was part of the Army band; he went on to play in San Francisco jazz clubs.

Trivia

He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

Family Life

He was born in Yale, Oklahoma, the son of a professional guitar player father who introduced him to brass instruments in his youth.

Associated With

He was a close friend of Elvis Costello's, and used Costello's song "Almost Blue" for many of his live sets.