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Stan Getz


STAN GETZ (saxophonist, bandleader) was born Stanley Gayetsky on February 2, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away June 6, 1991 in Malibu, California. Getz, known for his warm sound mercurial persona began his professional career at 15 with Jack Teagarden’s band later performing with Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman where he was part of the famous “Four Brothers” saxophone quartet. Despite serious drug addiction problems, Getz’s career continued to flourish – he became part of the “cool jazz” movement – playing with Horace Silver, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie among many others. The Brazilian Bossa Nova sound would prove to be his biggest legacy – producing two albums “Jazz Samba” and “Getz/Gilberto” and one of the most popular Latin jazz tunes ever “Girl from Ipanema”. In the 1970s he experimented with fusion incubating the Return to Forever group and later in life worked with Kenny Barron and taught at Stanford University.