Mike Maran Productions in association with The Nuffield, Southampton presents
A Funny Valentine
the story and music of Chet Baker
told by writer and actor Mike Maran
played by Colin Steele (trumpet) and David Milligan. (piano)
Chet Baker is an iconic figure in the history of American Jazz - he sang and played himself into the hearts of millions while falling into a personal hell of heroin addiction. Chet played everywhere, from jazz clubs on the West Coast to Carneigie Hall on the East, concert halls all over Europe and in jail in Italy where he did 18 months. He died in 1988 after falling out of a hotel room window in Amsterdam.
Chet's repertoire was the American Songbook - all the great tunes -
'When I Fall in Love', 'Embraceable You', 'I Fall in Love too Easily', 'Someone to Watch Over Me', and, of course, 'My Funny Valentine', and many more.
"Mike Maran is a mesmeric storyteller" The Stage
- probably best known for his acclaimed theatre production of 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' which sells out in theatres all over the UK. The author, Louis de Bernieres, said to Mike, "I would rather see your show than the film any day – and you can quote me on that!"
"Beautifully conceived and executed, mellow and melodic, Colin Steele's music has instant appeal." The Observer.
- one of the very best jazz trumpet players in the UK, Colin has an international reputation. His album, 'Journey Home' was voted BBC Jazz CD of the Year, 2004. Colin is a huge fan and a great interpreter of Chet's music.
"Dave Milligan is a pianist of astonishing verve and subtlety... a whirlwind tour de force." The Guardian
- one of the jazz world's modest stars - an almost carelessly gifted eclectic whose roots are as deep in folk music as jazz. His gifts for improvisation have earned him a reputation as one of the music world's most individual voices.
Chet played music to die for… and he died for it!
'he has the face of an angel and the heart of a demon! Trouble comes to anyone who touches him!'
Fabio Romiti. Public Prosecutor. Lucca. Italy.
Not suitable for audiences younger than 15 years
2 x 45 min acts with 15 min interval