Chet Baker Story to be told in Melbourne

August 8, 2012 by  

The Melbourne Arts Festival for 2012 will be held in October, and already a buzz is building around the performances scheduled. One play that has already been performed at other venues around Australia is 'Freeway – The Chet Baker Story'.

Chet Baker was one of America's most popular jazz players in the 1950s and his outstanding trumpeting and talent for singing made him an ambassador for the West Coast’s “cool” school of jazz playing.

Baker shared the stage with luminaries such as Charlie Parker and Gerry Mulligan. He was also a talented crooner known for his movie star good looks. Unfortunately, his talent and success were marred by a constant struggle with drug addiction.

The play takes the audience through his life as seen through the eyes of singer Tim Draxl, as well as journalist Bryce Hallett. The play was performed in Adelaide and Brisbane following its debut in a Sydney jazz venue.

Freeway – The Chet Baker Story includes a number of songs associated with Chet Baker and his musical era. There Will Never Be Another You, Look For The Silver Lining, That Old Feeling, These Foolish Things, My Buddy, Let's Get Lost and You Don't Know What Love Is are all included in the performance.

The musicians supporting Tim Draxl are handpicked from the cream of Australian jazz players. Pianist Ray Alldridge is the musical director, Dave Ellis will be playing bass and Eamon Mcnelis plays the trumpet. The festival organisers may also be doing some poster printing to advertise other music and drama featured this year.