Foundation and Archives
Born in Yale, Oklahoma December 23, 1929 Chet Baker was destined to touch the authentically
American art of jazz music with an unmistakable sound and phrasing that is still celebrated and enjoyed
throughout the world.
The mission of the Chet Baker Foundation (based in his home state of Oklahoma), managed by Chet's
son, Paul, is to bring awareness through education and events to the life and art of Chet Baker.
The mission of the Chet Baker Archive is to collect materials and stories related to the life and art of this
iconic jazz artist. The archive is managed by Bruce Guthrie who also serves as a foundation director and
Many pioneering artists and celebrities have accepted the invitation to share their respect for Chet by
joining the foundation as honorary Directors and Board Members.; from Dave Brubeck, Quincy Jones,
McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Leon Russell; to Sharon Stone, Hugh Hefner and Jeff Golblum....over
60 artists, thusfar.
(Please see the honorary directors and board links below to read about them)
All are welcome to join and contribute...in the spirit of jazz improvisation...the spirit of music as a means
to bring people together....and mostly in the romantic and unique artistic spirit of Chet Baker.
|You are hearing : "Little Girl Blue"
recorded with Paul Bley
|Oklahoma Governor Proclaims July 2
"Chet Baker Day"