|Chet Baker Foundation
Sharon Stone is a world acclaimed actor whose credits are too numerous to list. She
gained world-wide recognition for her powerful role as Catherine Tramell in Basic
Instinct, and went on to play other powerful roles such as in Casino with Robert De
Niro. She has been given many awards and nominations for her work.
Not only is Sharon one of the world's most beautiful women, she's also a most
compassionate human being. In 1992 Sharon, along with younger sister, Kelly,
founded the charitable organization "PLANET HOPE"; this organization has helped
thousands of families around the world with medical and dental care and clothes for
children and adults.
With regards to Chet she was once quoted in a popular magazine as saying that the
way she relaxes after a long day is to "...kick off my shoes and listen to Chet Baker..."
Fred Caruso was a graduate of New York University with a degree in music education.
He is a seasoned and well respected professional in film production. Mr. Caruso
produced “Blue Velvet” for David Lynch, “The Rat” pack for HBO, which was nominated
for eleven Emmy Awards, “Bonfire Of The Vanities” for Brian DePalma and “Year Of The
Dragon”. He has worked on such films as; “Godfather 1”, “Network”, “Once Upon A Time
In America” and “The Presidio” starring Sean Connery .Mr. Caruso has worked with the
following directors; Elia Kazan, John Cassavettes, Francis Coppola, Sidney Lumet,
Sergio Leone and Tony Scott.
Jeff Goldblum is a major motion picture, television and theater actor. His film credits
include Annie Hall, The Fly, Independence Day, Jurassic Park The Lost World and
many, many other works. Jeff has used his celebrity status to advance many worthy
causes. He has narrated several science documentaries for PBS concerning the
environment. Jeff teaches acting when he's not working, and loves playing the piano.
He is greatly appreciated Chet Baker fan.
Herman Leonard is a world renown photographer. His work has produced iconic
images of music legends Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington,
Billie Holiday to Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Louis Armstrong and many, many others.
..of course, including Chet. Outside the jazz world he has photographed such historic
individuals as Albert Einstein, Harry S. Truman, Clark Gable and in 1956 was chosen to
be Marlon Brando's personal photographer. His work is in the permanent collection at
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Doug Ramsey has a long career in jazz writing, contributing to Jazz Times since 1975 and
writing regularly for Down Beat before that. He was a contributing editor of Texas Monthly
for twenty-five years and wrote a jazz column for The Dallas Morning News. His articles,
reviews and op-ed pieces on music and on free press and First Amendment issues have
appeared in The Wall Street Journal,The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The Los
Angeles Times, The Oregonian, and Congressional Quarterly, among other publications.
Doug's 2 books Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond and Jazz
Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of its Makers are must reads. Take Five
won last year's ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.
Don Sebesky is best known as house arranger for many of producer Creed Taylor's
Verve, A&M, and CTI productions; the man whose orchestral backgrounds helped make
artists like Wes Montgomery, Paul Desmond, Freddie Hubbard, and George Benson
acceptable to audiences outside of jazz. Sebesky started out professionally as a
trombonist while still at the Manhattan School of Music, working with Kai Winding,
Claude Thornhill, the Tommy Dorsey Band led by Warren Covington, Maynard
Ferguson, and Stan Kenton. In 1960, he gave up the trombone to concentrate upon
arranging. Don was key in writing and arranging Chet's album "You Can't Go Home
Again" with famed sax player Paul Desmond.
Dennis Cole; accomplished actor: television roles such as that of Lance Prentiss in "The
Young and the Restless." He guest starred in a host of television shows, such as "The
Love Boat," "Charlie's Angels," "Murder She Wrote," "Silk Stalkings," Pacific Blue" and
"Baywatch," among others. Dennis has always been a great friend to Chet an his family;
in fact, he was set to play Chet on screen after his untimely death, but finances for the film
fell through. He can still be seen on occasion at a club in Fort Lauderdale playing his
trumpet and singing a Chet tune.
Robert "Bob" Conrad enjoyed considerable success on American TV, most memorably as
a private investigator in "Hawaiian Eye" (ABC, 1959-63) and as the handsome super agent
James West in the prairie-flavored semi-spoof variation on the James Bond films, "The Wild
Wild West" (CBS, 1965-70). He is also an very accomplished singer and performer and
has enjoyed success on the big screen as well during his distinguished career. Robert, his
wife LaVelda, and their 20 year-old daughter Chelsea are big Chet Baker fans.
Award winning actor Michael Dante, the recipient of the "Golden Boot Award," "The Silver
Spur Award" and the "Southern California Motion Picture Council Award" for the 'best of
the best' in the entertainment industry and performing arts. Michael arrived in Hollywood
via the University of Miami, Florida and professional baseball. He signed a bonus contract
with the Braves out of high school and later went to the big leagues with the Washington
Senators before an arm injury ended his career. Tommy Dorsey, the bandleader,
arranged a screen test at MGM Studios after he left the Senators. They signed him to a
contract and the rest is history. Michael has appeared in approximately 30 motion pictures
and 150 television shows. During that time he spent 7 years under contract to three major
studios: MGM, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox.
Lalo Schifrin is a true Renaissance man. As a pianist, composer and conductor, he is
equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz
festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and even The Sultan of Oman. He has written more
than 100 scores for films and television. It is Schifrin’s ability to switch musical gears
which makes him so unique in the music world. As a jazz musician he has performed and
recorded with great personalities such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald,
Stan Getz, and Count Basie.To date, Lalo has won four Grammy Awards (with twenty-one
nominations), one Cable ACE Award, and received six Oscar nominations.
Dan Morgenstern is a jazz historian, author, editor, and archivist active in the jazz field
since 1958. Morgenstern is co-editor of the ANNUAL REVIEW OF JAZZ STUDIES and the
monograph series STUDIES IN JAZZ, published jointly by the IJS and Scarecrow Press.
The author of JAZZ PEOPLE (DaCapo Press), Morgenstern still writes frequently about
jazz. He was chief editor of DOWN BEAT from 1967 to 1973 and served as New York editor
from 1964, prior to which he edited the periodicals METRONOME and JAZZ. He has been
jazz critic for the NEW YORK POST, record reviewer for the CHICAGO SUN TIMES, and
New York correspondent and columnist for England's JAZZ JOURNAL and Japan's SWING
JOURNAL. He has served as Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University
Hugh Hefner: For more than 50 years Playboy has been involved with Jazz in one way or
another, which is not surprising since Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner has long
maintained an avid interest in music. “I still associate with Jazz more than with any other
form of popular music,” he has often explained. He believed the music was important and
he wanted his readers to think so too. In 1959 to celebrate the success of Playboy
Magazine selling more than a million copies a month, Hefner held the first Playboy Jazz
Festival at the Chicago Stadium. It was called, at the time, the greatest single weekend in
the history of jazz. The internationally acclaimed Playboy Jazz Festival celebrates its
30th anniversary in 2008 and has emerged as the West Coast’s premier jazz event.
Herb Snitzer's career covers over fifty years of image-making. From 1957 when he
graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art, he moved to New York City where he
quickly established himself as one of the top young photojournalists.
He worked for Life, Look, The Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, Time and other national
magazines as well as for the New York Times and Herald Tribune. He became
Photography and Associate Editor of America's Leading Jazz Magazine, Metronome,
which enabled him to meet and photograph and become friends with many of the great
jazz musicians of that era; Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Count
Basie, etc. Herb's work is collected by major museums and collectors throughout the
nation and abroad. www.herbsnitzer.com
Aaron Fensterheim has a longtime love for jazz. After graduating from the University of
Florida in 1960 Aaron began as a jazz announcer/Program Director at WMVJ (Wonderful
Miami's Voice of Jazz)…and as a producer of jazz concerts at U of Florida. Starting in
1965 he worked at the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers
Identifying all music played on radio and television for royalty payment. In 1975 Aaron
worked as an announcer of jazz radio programming at WRFG in Atlanta. He also
managed jazz quintet that played various clubs in the Atlanta area as well as interviewing
many local musicians on his radio program. In 1996 he was an Award winning Program
Director/Jazz Announcer at WXEL/FM.
Aaron is an avid collector and has donated an extensive jazz vinyl/digital collection
(some 12,000 items…including all of Chet Baker’s albums) to the Chet Baker Foundation