Chet Baker
Born: 1929

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. was raised in a musical
household in Oklahoma (his father was a guitar player),
and coming of age in Southern California during the
bebop era of jazz, Baker found success as a
trumpet player in 1951 when he was chosen by Charlie
Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast
engagements.

In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which
was an instant phenomenon. Baker became famous on
the strength of his solo on their recording of “My Funny
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