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Died On This Date (June 6, 1991) Stan Getz / Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on June 6, 2010

Stan Getz (Born Stan Gayetzky)
February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991

Stan Getz was a jazz saxophone player who earned the nickname, “The Sound” because of his warm mellow tone.  Although he tried his hand at several different instruments, it was the saxophone he received from his father at 13 that Getz connected with.  He reportedly practiced as much as eight hours a day and was soon playing in the All City High School Orchestra of New York City.   And remarkably, Getz was hired at just 16 years old to play in Jack Teagarden’s band.  He would go on to play with the likes of Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton before he was barely into his 20s.   Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, Getz came to exemplify all that was “cool jazz.”  He also dabbled in bossa nova, partnering with Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto to record the classic album, Getz/Gilberto from which their Grammy-winning hit “The Girl From Impanema” came from.  In the ’70s, Getz moved toward fusion, recording with Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea.  Stan Getz struggled with drug and alcohol addiction from an early age, which likely lead to his death from liver failure at the age of 64.

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3 Responses to “Died On This Date (June 6, 1991) Stan Getz / Jazz Great”

  1. Dennis Olivares said

    A good hybrid offspring of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young who made a big noise and well-deserved. But, ZOOT SIMS was better in every category! A careful ear can perceive the telling difference in harmonic attack and nuance on the many recordings they made together….

    • said

      i appreciate you stopping by and leavig your informative comments, Dennis!

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