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Stan "The Sound" Getz, pioneer of Cool, Bossa Nova and Modern Jazz. Aiming at camaraderie amongst music lovers and musicians of all genres


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Stan, in an interview discussing Lester Young's influence.
"He [Lester Young] was the first tenor saxophone player I heard play melodically, to make beautiful melodies. The saxophone is actually a translation of the human voice, in my conception. All you can do is play melody. No matter how complicated it gets, it’s still a melody. I never tried to play like Pres, but I so loved his conception of music that maybe some of it seeped into me. It’s supposed to be that way. A lot of people have influenced me. You don’t try to imitate it; you digest it. Because you love it so much, some of it comes out…

After the thirty years or so I’ve been in music, he still comes through as a guy who wasn’t afraid to show what he felt in his playing, instead of hiding his heart under a bunch of hate and a bunch of notes."

Interview regarding the "Focus" album.

"I don’t purposely try to go in a different direction, like some people do. I just have my own idea about music. I want to play it the way I feel it. You can call it whatever you want, but that’s the way I play. I’ve always tried to play exactly what I thought was right… But anybody that comes to hear me knows I’m still playing the same way I always played, with the addition of worthwhile new material."

Jan. 22, 2010 - UPDATE! DENIS has agreed to take on the role as "COMMUNITY MANAGER"! Denis will be my eyes and ears when I am not able to log in often (which has been the case as of late). So SPAMMERS, etc., BEWARE! Denis is ON THE JOB! ((-: THANK YOU DENIS! XO

UPDATE! NEW WEBMASTER! HILDE HEFTE has very graciously taken on the task of designing Stan's web site! AND WHAT A WORK OF ART SHE IS CREATING!! THANK YOU HILDE!! We are SO GRATEFUL!! I know how much time (and headache!) it involves!! Please do stop by and see her wonderful work there! THANK YOU THOMAS KUSHIN... for taking care and watching over the fort (website!) until Hilde inherited the headache. (-: Stop by hello to Hilde. Her contributions here are INCALCULABLE! Thank you Hilde! Bev



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The story goes that one day God announced he wished to play a musical instrument and so he choose the tenor saxophone because to him, it sounded closest to the sound of an angelic voice. An angel nearby hearing God suggested he listen to a Stan Getz recording which God did. After listening to a tune or two God declared that he had decided to choose another instrument. When the angel asked God why he had changed his mind God paused, smiled broadly, and answered..."because I have heard the voice of perfection". R.I.P. Stan Michael J. Simonetti May 15, 2009
Stan Getz Web Site, Guest Book Comment

Mr. Simonetti... whoever and wherever you are... This quote of yours is so beautiful. Had to share it! Thank you!
Bev Getz


Interview with Stan from 1951, Sweden. Very Sweet!


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Many thanks to our friends here on the Forum, DENIS & ROGER for sending this to me! Bev *******************************************************************




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Interview with Stan on NPR, with Terry Gross, 1990.
Get Your Own Player!

Welcome to the new and improved SG forum! Firstly, my sincere apologies to all of you who joined the vbulletin forum on Stan's web page. I hope you will all come and join us here! (By the way... if you are already a member of 'ning', you can simply use your existing login and password to sign in) Stan's site is under new "creative management"! We found that vbulletin was just a tad 'dour'. This network allows for more interaction and freedom to be yourself. Add photos, music, videos, etc. While the site was created to remember/discuss Stan, we openly invite and look forward to all discussions about music, musicians and the like. I only request that we still 'keep it clean"! Remember, there are kids out there that may want to participate. Again, so sorry if this causes any inconvenience. But I do believe that you will all enjoy this new extension of Stan's web site! I would still request that you all please sign in using your name and not a screen name so as to avoid 'spammers'. This will help the administrators and moderators greatly with their task and time! All My Best, Bev P.S. While you can upload whatever music to your own page, please be respectful of copyright!

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"Original influence was Mickey One. Since the Hi-Fi was playing off-key, my mimicking of notes led me into strange new worlds, such as C#, F#, B, A flat, etc. Since Mr. Getz was familiar with all of the keys of the saxophone, it was a travesty for me…"
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I added a new transcription of Stan Getz's solo on Woody 'N You to my website:!- ScoobyContinue

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Does anybody know wat happened to Zoot Sims..??? Theo Urff !!!!

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In 1962, at 13, my jazz loving grandmother introduced me to Stan Getz. When I say 'introduced' I don't mean in-person, but it seemed like it to me.I was asked to sit in the sweet spot while my…Continue

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I am an aged "Silver Surfer" (nearly 77 years young) who is new to the Stan Getz sight.  I have been collecting Stan's recordings since the early 1950's along with Gerry Mulligan, Modern Jazz Quartet & Dave Brubeck (especially with Paul Desmond) together with "Four Brothers" tenor men and have a large collection of their "issued" tracks.  I love all their "Sounds" while I am able to hear> Good Listening to you all

Posted by John G Pinder on March 3, 2016 at 10:56am

New Release - Glenn Zottola "A Jazz Life"

This is an anthology of my last 52 years in jazz.  A two CD set of selected tracks from over 50 albums with stars like Chick Corea , Suzanne Somers , Steve Allen , Zoot Sims , Milt Hinton, Kenny Clarke , Osie Johnson.  Oscar Pettiford , Jimmy Raney  and many more. Call Steve Rose at 914-593-1188 in sales at the Classic Jazz record label if you would  like one.  It comes with a 12 page booklet with some great stories.  …


Posted by Glenn Zottola on March 5, 2014 at 11:30pm

French TV archives

Good news, the Mezzo TV channel will broadcast from January to June 2014 a part of the archives of the INA. In April will be broadcasted the rare concert of the JATP at Salle Pleyel in 1960 with Stan Getz, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and many others.


More details in French (pdf)...


Posted by Pascal Savelon on December 9, 2013 at 1:56pm — 1 Comment

Podcast : Stan Getz at Nalen with Bengt Hallberg (1959)

Podcast from (Spain):

 Stan Getz (ts) with Bengt Hallberg (p), Daniel Jordan (b), Egil Johansen (dr)

 Nalen, Stockholm, 1959



Posted by Pascal Savelon on December 9, 2013 at 12:57pm




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