Chet Baker comes back to life this February in "The Cool," a play based on the sounds and struggles of the jazz trumpeter. Actor Philip Watt portrays a young Chet Baker playing in a Hollywood jazz club on the night the public discovered his singing voice. Watt and playwright Barry Eitel join us to talk about the play and the racism, homophobia, and police brutality of 1950s America.
Jazz Legend Chet Baker Comes Back to Life in 'The Cool'
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Philip Watt as trumpeter Chet Baker. (Photo: Kingmond Young Photography)
Philip Watt, actor portraying trumpeter Chet Baker in "The Cool"
Barry Eitel, playwright, 'The Cool'