Discover Jazz’s Troubled Genius Chet Baker in ‘Let’s Get Lost’ Film

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker, Jr. was one of jazz’s most fascinating figures. The Oklahoma native was in and out of the army from age 16 until he finally decided to pursue a full-time career in music. He started out on the trombone but moved to the trumpet, later expanding his repertoire to include songs that he would sing. After performing with Charlie Parker and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, he started his own quartet. He even had a short-lived acting career by starring in Hell’s Horizon. As his fame grew, so did his problems. He got caught up with heroin and ran into trouble with the law and drug dealers alike, multiple times, as a result. But he would continue to put out new music while living in Europe–some of which was lauded as his best work. He later died on May 13, 1988 in Amsterdam. Apparently, he slipped off a balcony trying to gain access to his room that he was locked out of.

This is the troubled and celebrated life that director Bruce Weber captured in his 1988 film, Let’s Get Lost. It was nominated for an Academy for its honest depiction of Chet from his younger years through his darker ones. Weber interviewed Chet’s friends and family, as well as following the jazz great in his everyday life. For these reasons and more, Nitehawk Cinema will be presenting a one night special screening of Let’s Get Lost as a part of its MUSIC DRIVEN series. They’ll be showing it on June 30th with a Q&A session to follow with cinematographer Jeff Preiss.

You can get more information and purchase tickets on Nitehawk’s website.

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