Trumpeter Mike Moore leads an All-Star cast honoring the Late, Great Chet Baker
Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. was born on December 23, 1929, in Yale, Oklahoma, and moved to the Los Angeles area with his family at age 10. The son of musically inclined parents, he sang in church choirs and tried his hand at trombone before turning to trumpet at age 13.
Baker dropped out of school at 16 to join the Army, and played in bands during his two stints in the armed forces. In between, he was turned on to the music of Miles Davis and became involved in the Los Angeles jazz scene.
Baker’s musical career took off after he earned the chance to play with jazz great Charlie Parker in 1952. That year he joined saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s pianoless quartet, and the pairing of Baker’s subdued tone and gentle phrasing with Mulligan’s ear for harmonies proved a dynamic combination. The quartet reeled off such favorites as “Walkin’ Shoes,” “Bernie’s Tune” and “My Funny Valentine,” which became one of Baker’s signature songs.
The festival will consist of various artist from around the state and some from as far away as California, to a person, if asked, will state how honored they are to be a part of such an historic event.
Bruce Guthrie Exec. Dir of the Chet Baker Foundation stated that “He hopes this will be the first many annual celebrations of Chet’s legacy here in his hometown of Yale, Oklahoma.”
The line up for this great event is as follows: (Note: Some of these artists played with Chet Baker during his career)
Jazz Standard with Mike Leland, Bill Crosby, Mike Moore and Rick Cope – 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Dean DeMerritt Jazz Tribe feat. Sarah Maud – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Stephanie Oliver and Pat Kelley – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Jam Session – 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.
The Chet Baker Festival will run from 4-10 p.m. on Main and Boston in downtown Yale, about 45 minutes west of Tulsa. The festival is free and open to the public.
The festival is sponsored in part by the City of Yale, the Yale Chamber of Commerce, the Chet Baker Estate LLC and the Chet Baker Foundation.
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