Chet Baker a Perugia

1950s Stock Photo

In the photo the American trumpeter Chet Baker in concert at the Sala dei Notari in Perugia in January 1956. Together with him are Francy Boland on the piano, Jean-Louis Chautemps on the saxophone, Eddie De Haas on the double bass, Charles Saudrais on the drums.

In 1952 Chet Baker ahad achieved international success as a member of the quartet of Gerry Mulligan, in particular following an extraordinary solo performed on the theme of the classic "My Funny Valentine", a song contained in the album "Gerry Mulligan Quartet".

Back in 1954 from the awarding of the prize as best instrumentalist in the survey organized by the rivista Down Beat, the following year the trumpeter arrives for the first time on tour in Europe; between December 1955 and January 1956 he held a series of concerts in Milan, Rome, Florence and Perugia.

In a short time he became a protagonist of the Italian jazz scene playing with various soloists and ensembles, including, Gianni Basso, Franco Cerri, Glauco Masetti, Amedeo Tommasi and the Quintet of Lucca formed by Giovanni and Vito Tommaso, Antonello Vannucchi, Giampiero Giusti and Gaetano Mariani.

Contribution extracted from the book "L’Italia del Jazz" by Adriano Mazzoletti

Chet Baker a Perugia

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