‚ÄčThe second film presented in the 6th edition of Six Degrees of Jazz is, Born to be Blue, a re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late 60's.
Sunday, Feb 7 2016


  • Tuesday, March 29th
  • Broadway Theatre
  • Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm
  • Rated 14A
  • Tickets available at the door only - $10 regular, $9 CFCR member (Valid Membership ID required), $7 Broadway/Bassment members (Valid Membership ID required), $7 students (Valid Student ID Required)
  • Sponsored by St. John's Music, in partnership with the Broadway Theatre, and promotional support for the series is provided by CFCR 90.5 FM


Ethan Hawke is utterly magnetic as Chet Baker, the legendary trumpeter and singer who, after becoming a jazz icon in the 1950s, became equally famous for his drug addiction. Born to be Blue reimagines Baker's life as a mixture of fact and fiction, picking up his story late in his career when, after years of heroin abuse, financial loss, and public disgrace, he attempts to stage a comeback. Starring in a film about his own infamous life, Baker strikes up a passionate romance on and off the set with Jane (Carmen Ejogo), the actress playing one of his lovers, but his hopes for a bright future are suddenly darkened when he suffers a brutal beating in a parking lot after a gig. The film is shelved, and his mouth so badly damaged that his musical career looks in doubt. With a modified sound, a youthful hunger, and Jane's unflagging support, he becomes determined to regain his place among his peers. Much more than a standard biopic, Born to be Blue takes an imaginative approach true to its subject's own creative nature as it portrays the life of an artist whose contributions to the music world were as grand as his addictions were tragic.

Music by: David Braid, Todor Kobakov, Steve London


Presented by the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Six Degrees of Jazz Film Series is designed to celebrate and explore the history of jazz and other styles of music. Now in its 6th season, the series has become an opportunity for fans of our festival to enjoy classic and contemporary films with the occasional added perk. Ever wonder how people get pre-sale codes before anyone else? It's been known to happen at Six Degrees of Jazz! All films screen between January and May at the Broadway Theatre. To ensure you don't miss out sign up for our newsletter or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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