Closing out the year, Erik Jekabson remembers Chet Baker with a Hotplate tribute fit for all those “cool jazz” die-hards out there. Includes Front Burner sessions on the life and times of Chet Baker with Rebeca Mauleón.
About Chet Baker
The primary catalyst of the West Coast school of cool jazz during the 50s, Chet Baker’s intimate playing, smooth vocal style and photogenic looks gained him fame the world over. Dubbed the “Prince” of cool jazz, Baker toured with the likes of Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan; even going on to record with Elvis Costello’s on his tune “Ship Building.” Marred by drug use, the later days of his life would become the substance of myth as attention around his increasing addiction became well publicized. From is early promise to his unfortunate death in 1988; Baker remains to this day a prominent American jazz icon.
About Erik Jekabson
A freelance trumpeter, composer and educator – Erik Jekabson has been a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area jazz community for many years. His session work includes work with John Mayer, Illinois Jacquet, Galactic, and even the Howard Fishman Quartet. With two CDs already out under his own name, he has also been featured as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in a wide array of genres for movie/video game soundtracks.