This hour it’s the brilliant and tumultous life of Chet Baker. We’ll spend the hour talking with Baker biographer James Gavin about Chet’s life and music—from his unlikely breakthrough as one of the most popular trumpeters of the 1950s to the drug addiction which nearly unraveled his career. And we’ll explore Chet’s surprising, controversial work as a jazz vocalist and trace his role in bringing new life to one of jazz’s most treasured standards. (59:00)
Photo: Cool jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker.
This hour we’re keeping it cool with an hour of stories and sounds from the West Coast musical revolution that was “Cool Jazz.” Read more »
In 1980, Pat Martino was one of the great rising stars of jazz guitar. Then a near-fatal brain aneurysm almost took it all away when he was just 35. It’s been a long, slow climb back, but today the man and his music are stronger than ever. Read more »