Chet Baker (1929-1988) was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and singer. In the 1950s, Baker earned much attention and critical praise, particularly for albums featuring his vocals. owever, his "well-publicized drug habit" also drove his notoriety and fame, as Baker was in-and-out of jail for much of his life before enjoying a career resurgence in the late 1970s and '80s.
In Europa la gente pendeva da ogni sua nota, accorreva a frotte per vederlo perché ogni suo concerto poteva essere l’ultimo, e perché voleva sentire nella sua musica le cicatrici di tutto ciò che aveva passato. Erano convinti di ascoltarlo attentamente, di penetrare la sua musica, ma non ascoltavano mai abbastanza. Il dolore non c’entrava. [Chet Baker, foto di William Claxton: Nel link Almost Blue, tratta dal film Let's Get Lost]
Louis Armstrong. Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over," whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided.