[Baker, Chet. (1929 - 1988) & Baker, Tom (1940-1982)] Wulff, Ingo.

Collection of Cards, Letters, Screen Treatment and Book

An interesting collection of material relating to the American jazz trumpeter, vocalist, and flugelhornist, known for his early promise, swift fall into drug addiction, and career resurgence in the 1970's and 80's. From the collection of Jim Butler, a dedicated Chet Baker collector who became a friend to Baker and his family, the archive includes a copy of the 1989 publication Chet Baker in Concert and a brief correspondence with its German editor, Ingo Wulff; part of a screen treatment by Chet's friend, actor and writer Tom Baker, about Chet's life; three Christmas cards from Carol Baker, Chet's widow; and various assorted magazine clippings. Overall in very good to fine condition.


3 Christmas cards inscribed from Baker's wife, Carol Baker, to Jim Butler, dated 1991, 1992, and 1993, a few years after Baker's death. One card mentions upcoming releases of recordings of Baker.

2 autograph letters and an autograph postcard from German jazz writer Ingo Wulff to Jim Butler, dated September 15, 1989 and January 5, 1990, and May 19, 1990. Wulff sends Butler a copy of his book, Chet Baker in Concert, and arranges to swap records. Each 1 p. With the original envelopes and two striking identical photograph postcards of Baker, photographed by Philippe Cibille.

1 typed copy, unsigned, of a letter from Butler to Wulff, dated November 30, 1989. Butler discusses a conversation with Carol Baker and the three records which Wulff has asked him to send. 2 pp.

Ingo Wulff: Chet Baker in Concert (Kiel: Nieswand-Verlag, 1989), inscribed by Wulff on the title page to Jim Butler. Containing 30 pp. of photographs, several pages of recollections about Baker, a discography, and editor's notes by Wolff, all in parallel German and English texts. 42 pp., softcover. With a letter from the Nieswand-Verlag sending Butler the book, and a small postcard image of Baker. 

But Not For Me, an incomplete typed screen treatment by actor and screenwriter Tom Baker based on the life of Chet Baker, his friend and traveling companion for several years. 11 pp.

1 issue of Chet's Choice newsletter, Volume V number 4, the final issue (undated). 

1 copy of Chet's Choice Update number 1, dated October 1996.

An assortment of record reviews and clipped articles about Baker, with a few pieces of correspondence relating to the Chet Baker newsletter and Butler's record collecting activities. Mostly torn roughly from magazines. Approx. 50 pp. (13529)

Autograph Letter