Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Draxl Looks for the Silver Lining to Chet

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Draxl Looks for the Silver Lining to Chet

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Byline: KRISTY MUIR

TIM Draxl cannot play the trumpet.

That's confusing but also intriguing considering his new show is Freeway: The Chet Baker Journey.

Draxl pays homage to the American jazz trumpeter and singer Chet Baker who was the essence of cool in the 1950s' jazz scene.

Baker was famous for his extraordinary talent and his James Dean good looks, but infamous for his emotionally remote performances and well-publicised drug habit.

The idea to put together a show about the musician came after Draxl sung a collection of Baker's songs at shows.

aAfter singing My Funny Valentine at a show, people came up to me and said I had the same quality and melancholy and tender sound he had,a Draxl said.

After that, he started to listen to more of Baker's music and research his life.

aHis whole life read like a great novel,a Draxl said.

aIt was chaotic, traumatic and dramatic.

aI thought this would make a great show.a

Draxl said Baker's personal and musical life had been completely divorced from each other and that had really intrigued him. …

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