earth; he embodied "cool." Even
James Dean took his "look" from the
Photographer Bruce Weber's
award winning documentary Let's
Get Lost is a love letter to Chet.
Shot in black and white, the movie
follows Baker during his last
months, presents footage and stills
of Baker in his prime, and interviews
the people close to him. Weber talks
to his three wives, who speak of his
charm, his unreliability and his drug
dependancy. His children say they
hardly ever saw Baker. Baker is asked
about his favorite high: "The one
that scares people to death-they call
it a speedball-a mixture of coke and
heroin, you know...but not too
Known as the James Dean of jazz for his rebellious, hip stance and much coke." Baker sings Elvis
good looks, legendary trumpeter Chet Baker's drugged-out lifestyle Costello's "Almost Blue," turning
ended abruptly last year, but has been captured by a new documentary. the song's sentiments into a fragile
crystal of sound. What's breathtaking
The Michigan Dai 1-Friday, June 16,1989-Page 9
"Velvet Fog" kicks of
A Summer Festival
BY SHERRILL L. BENNETT
And I do mean kick. If you're imagining this 1989 Ann Arbor Summer
Festivalopener -at thePowerCenteron June24 at8 P.M.--tobe asleeper,
guess again. Mel Tormd, critically acclaimed as the "Velvet Fog" for his icy-
cool vocal style ("scat") is anything but sleep-inducing. His electrically
charged performances and the enormous range of his talents puts him in the
rare category of successful all-around entertainer. Torme has survived the
test of time not by following the many changing trends in music witnessed
in his lifetime, but by uniquely intertwining the young and the old, pop and
jazz, to create a style that attracts audiences of all ages with its vintage
Mel Torm6 is what you might call a "musicians' musician" - a skillful
drummer, conductor, arranger and recording artist as well as a songwriter.
And of course, he is a singer. Torme's well-developed ability to create the
range,effects and improvisatory qualitiesaof a jazz instrument with his voice
through scat syllables has won him headliner status in every major American
? o t , (1about Baker's music is the way that concert hall, from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. Torme has earned
L e it s .e t L 05 th e it takes on the pure essence of me- 13 Grammynominations andtheopportunity to work with manyjazzgreats.
lancholia. Hemost recently received a Grammy for "Best Male Jazz Singer" in 1984
m h 50s With Let's Get Lost, Chet Baker for his Top Drawer album. And the promise is no less here in 1989; the hip
m y nic 50s of 4ZZ 1C 1 will take his place among the other sizzle of Tormb's singing combined with the punch of a jazz ensemble may
BY NABEEL ZUBERI great American icons. Like Elvis, well bring the 4th of July to Ann Arbor a few weeks early this year.
BY__ABEEL _ZUBERI _suicide, the U.S. Consulate said that Brando, Dean, Monroe, and Clift, the MEL TORME starts off the 1989 Ann Arbor Summer Festival with a
I've found the perfect palliative it was an accident; his intimates be- myth surrounding his life has be- performance Thursday, June 24th at 8p.m. in the Power Center. Tickets are
for heartbreak is the 1956 album lieve that it was murder. come a repository for so many of $19-$35 in advance. Other upcoming concerts in the Summer Festival
Chet Baker Sings. The phrasing in Baker had been an heroin addict youth's urges, and aesthetic and ro- include performances by the LAR LUBOVITCH DANCE COMPANY (June
Baker's voice and trumpet reveal an since his late twenties. A naturally mantic desires. Let's Get Lost is a 30), THE NYLONS (June 28), AL HIRT (June 30), JUDY COLLINS (July 9),
insight into melancholy and morbid gifted player, the combination of his must for those in love with beauty and saxophonist SONNY ROLLINS (July 11). Also lined up is host of other
romanticism rarely surpassed by any doomy music, his painful life, and and art, moved by the tragic, and dance and theater companies as well as more music, andfree movies on top
jazz artist. Baker died on Friday, his incredible good looks, have cre- fascinated by the appeal of myth. ofthe Fletcher St. parking structure. Ticketsfor Festival performances may
May 13th of last year; he'd fallen ated a myth that continues to fasci- LETS GET LOST premieres at the be purchased at the Michigan Union Ticket Office in Ann Arbor and all
from his hotel window in nate. Baker was the most beautiful Michigan Theater (668-8397) Mon- Ticket Master outlets. Call 747-2278 for festival information.
Amsterdam. The police said it was musician to have walked on this day, June 19th through July 2nd.
of The University of Michigan
The calendar combines meeting, lecture, workshop, and conference.announcements
withothereventshappeningeachweekoncampus. ItisbasedonTheUniversity Record
by the Michigan Student Assembly. Items mast be submitted in writing by 5 pin. the
Tuesday before publication. Address all information to: MarciaBennett, publications
assistant, University Record, 412 Maynard St. Asterisk () denotes events to which
Lesbian-Gay Male Prog--See June 9.
Gay Liberation--Brothers Coffee House, 8 pm, 802 Monroe
*HRD--Wkshp, "A Procedures Manual For Your Position," 8:30
am-noon, 1111 Kipke Dr. Reg req. 764-7410.
Lowbrow Astron--Mtg, 7:30 pm, Detroit Observ. 434-2574.
U-M Flint--Adult Back-to-Sch Wkshp, 1-3 pm, Univ Ctr
Listening Rm. 762-3085.
*AAFC--Film, The African Queen, 7:30 & 9:30 pm, Angell Hall
Aud A, 769-7787.
*Botan Gdns--See June 11.
Sdt Woodshop--Safety Class For New Shop Users Pt 1, 9-11
am, SAB, 763-4025.
*Dept Rec Sports--Rockclimbing trip, for time & loc call
Univ Lutheran Chapel--See June 11.
Sdt Woodshop--Safety Class For New Shop Users Pt 2, 11 am-
1 pm, SAB, 763-4025.
*Dept Rec Sports--Horseback Riding trip begs, for time &
loc call 764-3967.
Canterbury House--Lesbian-gay men's community open house,
8:45 pm, 218 N Division. 665-0606.
Hosp Volunteers--Info Mtg, 7-8 pm, Hosp Rm 2C108. 936-
Gay Liberation--Pride Wk Wkshps, 7 & 8:30 pm, Mich Union Rms
2203 & 2209. 763-4186.
*HRD--Wkshp, "Preparing For Retirement" (Faculty), 6-9 pm,
1111 Kipke Dr. Reg req. 764-7410.
Senate Assembly--Mtg, 3:15 pm, MLB Lec Rm 2.
Lesbian & Gay Rights Organizing Committee
(LaGROC)--Mtg, 8 pm, Mich Union Rm 3100. 763-4186.
Gay Liberation--See June 19.
*HRD--Wkshps, "Aids: Issues & Answers," 1-3 pm; "Personal
Financial Planning," 5-7 pm; "The Pride Program: Personal
Responsibility In Developing Excellence," 8:30 am-noon;
"Writing It Right Pt 11: Punctuation," 8:30 am-noon, 1111
Kipke Dr. Reg req. 764-7410.
Solidarity--Lec, K Savoie, "El Salvador: Scenes From A Popular
Uprising," 7:30 pm, 802 Monroe St. 665-2709.
Turner Clinic--Rehab Class for visually impaired & blind, 1:30-
3:30 pm, 1010 Wall St. Reg req. 764-2556.
Univ Lutheran Chapel--Supper, Devotions & Activities, 6 pm,
1511 Washtenaw. 663-5560.
U-M Dearborn--Poetry & Reflection, 8:30 pm, Henry Ford
Estate-Fair Lane Terrace. 593-5338.
ERIC/CAPS--3-day wkshp begs, G Walz & J Bleuer, "Enhancing
Career Development Through Technology Diversity &
Marketing," 8 am, 3205 Boardwalk. 764-9492.
Gay Liberation--See June 19.
*HRD--Wkshps, "Preparing Children For Potential Risks &
Dangers," noon-i pm, Mich League Conf Rm 6; "Implementing
Microcomputer Training & Support In Small Groups," 1:30-
4:30 pm; "Copyright," 9 am-noon, 1111 Kipke Dr. Reg req.
Lowbrow Astron--Mtg, 7:30 pm, Peach Mtn Observ. 434-
*Disabled Sdt Svcs--5-wk Amer Sign Lang Class begs: Basic
Level, 3-4 pm & Cont Basic Level, 6:30-7:30 pm, call for
location & reg. 763-3000.
Sdt Woodshop--Safety Class For New Shop Users Pt 1, 3-5 pm,
*Mich League--Amer Heritage Nght, Hawaii, 4:30-7:30 pm,
*Zen Buddhist Temple--Intro Zen Meditation Course, V Samu
Sunim & S Murray, 6:30-8:30 pm, 1214 Packard Rd. Reg req.
Sail Club--Mtg/Sail Instruct, 7:30 pm, 311 W Engr. 995-1042.
*Brecht Co--Perf, The Threepenny Opera, 8 pm, Res Coll Aud.
U-M Flint--Sympos Recital, 7 pm, Thtre. 762-3377.
Gifts of Art--Boyer & Fitzsimmons Comedy Magic, 12:30 pm,
Hosp Courtyd. 936-ARTS.
*HRD--Wkshps, "Preparing For Retirement" (Staff), 1:30-4:30
pm; "Enhancing Your Professional Image From The Outside
In," 1-4:30 pm; "Supervisory Rights & Responsibilities," 8:30
am-noon; "Writing It Right Pt IV: Spelling Review," 8:30 am-
noon, 1111 Kipke Dr. Reg req. 764-7410.
*Read & Learn Skills Ctr--Summer Enrich Camp, begs,
children K-6, 9 am-1:30 pm, 1610 Washtenaw. 763-7195.
Regents--Mtg, 10 am & 1 pm, Fleming Bldg Regents Rm.
Vision Lunch--Sem, H Zhang, "Are Color Matches Additive,"
12:20 pm, 2055 MHRI. 764-0573.
Sdt Woodshop--Safety Class For New Shop Users Pt 2, 3-5 pm,