Jazz Hall of Fame Drummer’s Memoir Captures Missing Years With Trumpeter Chet Baker

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Independent publisher, BooksEndependent, LLC today announced the release of the personal, never before told story of “Chet Baker: The Missing Years, A Memoir by Artt Frank,” available in both trade paperback and Kindle Edition eBook. Foreword by Bobby Shew.

A must-read for everyone from the casual jazz fan to the serious student of jazz history. - JB Dyas, PhD, VP, Education and Curriculum Development, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame bop drummer, composer, lyricist, and vocalist Artt Frank, one of the few authentic bop musicians on the scene today, has written a poignant memoir of the west coast jazz scene of the late 1960s. Known for his friendship and musical collaboration with iconic trumpeter, Chet Baker, Frank provides jazz lovers with an intimate portrait of what are considered “the missing years” in Baker’s career – the period shortly after a brutal beating left the trumpeter unable to play.

As reviewed by premiere jazz journalist and critic, Doug Ramsey, this memoir “…shows us sides of the great trumpeter that few people knew. In gripping detail, he [Frank] tells of the well-known drama in Baker’s life—the sudden fame, the struggle with drugs, the effects of a beating that almost ended his career. But Artt gives us new insights into Chet’s warmth, his love of family, his steely determination and the early emergence of his astonishing talent… This is a book of revelations."

In August of 2012, jazz great Dave Brubeck gave the following review: “Artt Frank, the author of “Chet Baker: The Missing Years” is a devout Christian who practices what he preaches. His personal memoir of his meeting and subsequent friendship with the jazz genius of the trumpet is an unvarnished, honest portrayal of Chet Baker. In depicting Chet’s struggle to recovery, Artt reveals great compassion for a sensitive soul fighting for a life, and puts to rest the rumors and gossip that circulated about Chet’s ‘missing years.’”

Chet Baker: The Missing Years, A Memoir by Artt Frank
Publication Date: February 15, 2014 - Amazon KDP – $9.99
Print Release Date: February 19, 2014 – Amazon.com - $19.95
Press Kit: http://www.BooksEndependent.com
Distribution: Amazon.com, Amazon Europe, CreateSpace eStore, CreateSpace Direct, and Ingram

Catherine Wentworth
Phone: 323.829.1039
Email: info(at)BooksEndependent(dot)com

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