CHET   BAKER

Chet had it all: fabulous talent, good looks, great connections, and not only could he play the trumpet, he was a decent singer.   He came out of the Army, and started "gigging" with the likes of Charlie Parker and others. His stint with Gerry Mulligan is one of the highlights of Jazz History:   The quartet without a piano developed the renouned "West Coast Jazz" syle.   In his later years, the Euopeans adopted Chet Baker as their own.

Unfortunately, like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, and others, the drug scene proved to be more than he could handle:   he "burned out" at an early age. Chet:   the horn and voice that made "My Funny Valentine" famous.