DATE: Thursday, 29th October, 2009
TIME: 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Lyth Arts Centre
Mike Maran in “A Funny Valentine”. October 29, 2009

Mike Maran in “A Funny Valentine”.Mike Maran
A Funny Valentine

Surprisingly, this it the first time that this unique Scottish star has been to Lyth. Well-known for his interesting one-man stage interpretations of various themes, he here focuses on singer/horn-player Chet Baker and brings the story of his troubled life to the stage.
It’s 1961 and Chet Baker is in jail in Lucca. Voted best trumpet player in the world only five years before – now he’s doing time in an Italian jail for drug offences. Italians strolling around the town walls stop and listen to the sound of Chet’s golden trumpet wafting through the prison bars. Chet shared his prison cell with a storyteller. The storyteller became his friend. Twenty-eight years later, Chet shared a hotel room in Amsterdam with his friend. That was the night Chet Baker died. Only the storyteller knows what really happened. He knows the whole story – and now he’s telling it.
With live music on stage arranged and performed by Colin Steele (trumpet) and Dave Milligan (piano) this is an unforgettable evening of jazz, junk, and genius!

‘‘Chet Baker 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)

Directed by Patrick Sandford in association with The Nuffield, Southampton

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