Head down mem­ory lane at trib­ute show

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

CHET Baker is re­garded as one of the most in­flu­en­tial jazz mu­si­cians of the 21st cen­tury and now Coast res­i­dents will have a chance to hear some of his most mem­o­rable pieces with a spe­cial trib­ute show at The Bi­son Bar.

With his mati­nee idol looks, smoky voice and smok­ier horn, Baker was the cau­casian lothario voice of a gen­er­a­tion, and though his life ended trag­i­cally and far too soon, his legacy lingers long in the jazz pan­theon.

Baker shot to fame in the 1950s for his trum­pet­ing tal­ent, play­ing early gigs with jazz lu­mi­nar­ies like Stan Getz and Char­lie Parker.

He later joined the Gerry Mul­li­gan Quar­tet, which had a hit with a dreamy ver­sion of My Funny Valen­tine.

Si­mon Drew and the Old Bay Road trio, com­pris­ing of Ro­han So­masekaran (piano), Mur­ray Don­ald (gui­tar) and John Small­combe (bass), will pay trib­ute to the the undy­ing mem­ory of Baker in a gor­geous col­lec­tion of west coast jazz stan­dards.

With hits such as My Funny Valen­tine, There Will

Never Be An­other You and Em­brace­able You, the crowd is set for a trip down mem­ory lane.

The Trib­ute to Chet Baker will be pre­sented at The Jazz Ses­sions on Satur­day Au­gust 25 at The Bi­son Bar, Nambour at 2pm.

Tick­ets are $20 and can be booked on­line or pur­chased at the door, but book­ings are rec­om­mended to be as­sured of a seat.

To book tick­ets, visit stick­yt­ick­ets.com.au.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Robyn Brown on

0403 152 397.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TRIB­UTE MAN: Si­mon Drew is a jazz vo­cal­ist and trum­peter will lead the trib­ute show.

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