Chet Baker
(1929-1988)

Died aged c. 59

Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker, Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, and vocalist. Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals (Chet Baker Sings, It Could Happen to You). Jazz historian Dave Gelly described the promise of Baker's early career as "James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one". His well-publicized drug habit also drove his notoriety and fame; Baker was in and out of jail frequently before enjoying a career resurgence in the late 1970s and '80s.

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Trumpet player and singer Chet Baker died here on May 13th 1988. He will live on in his music for anyone willing to listen and feel

Prins Hendrikkade 53, 1012 Binnenstad, Amsterdam, Netherlands where they died (1988)