Oklahoma Chet Baker Tribute

TULSA: Jazz legend Chet Baker will be honored by musicians from his native state on Saturday July 2, 2005 in a “Chet Baker Tribute Concert” to benefit The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The benefit event will be held at The Tidal School Winery in Drumright, Oklahoma located 5 miles from Baker’s hometown of Yale. The event is scheduled from 10am- 8pm with musicians from a variety of genres playing in honor of the Oklahoma jazz great. Both indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor venues will run continuous entertainment.

In the banquet room of the winery it will be all-jazz all-day with a variety of acts scheduled to perform including musicians who worked with Chet during his career. Outside in the vineyard, Rock, Country, Blues, and Jazz bands will play all day until sunset; featuring Byron Berline, renown fiddle player and co-founder of the annual Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

Very special guests at the event will be Baker’s wife Carol of Stroud, Oklahoma and son Paul of Oilton, Oklahoma who plan to show memorabilia ranging from Baker’s trumpet to photos and posters. During the event a citation from Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry’s office will be presented proclaiming July 2, 2005 as “Chet Baker Day”, as well as a citation from The Oklahoma House of Representatives.

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