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Sue Richardson : 'Too Cool', the Life & Music of Chet Baker  -  Fri Jun 24, 2016  |  09:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
The story of Chesney 'Chet' Baker, American trumpeter and vocalist' is a kind of reverse of the Dorian Grey tale; from angel-faced pin-up of the 1950s, Baker's face aged hideously thanks to a life-long heroin habit, yet he still somehow managed to conjure up some sublime performances right through to the end.

For this 'Women Makes Music' gig Sue Richardson, herself a trumpeter and vocalist, works with a hand picked North East group to recreate Baker's music, addding original tunes of her own, and stringing the whole thing together with a spoken narrative developed with the help of actress Sylvia Sims. Since its first performance in 2013 (commemorating the 25th anniversary of Baker's mysterious death) this project has been drawing rave reviews, and has several times sold out Ronnie Scott's London club. It seems likely to pack out the Jazz Café as well, so our advice is, book early.

This gig is a co-promotion with the Newcastle Jazz Café.
Tickets are available from the Jazz Café (0191 222 9882), Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from

Jazz North East's Women Make Music series is supported by PRS for Music Foundation