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Memories of Stan Getz

This is the place where all the fans can come and reminicse the wonderful musical memories of Stan Getz.

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Latest Activity: Feb 19, 2011

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Roy Mathers & Stan 3 Replies

Started by Bev Getz. Last reply by Bev Getz Jun 19, 2009.

WHY WAS STAN ABLE TO CROSS NATIONAL AND CULTURAL BOUNDARIES SO EFFORTLESSLY 7 Replies

Started by jon sheldon roberts. Last reply by Bev Getz Jan 16, 2009.

Memories of Karen Kuehl Lester 2 Replies

Started by Bev Getz. Last reply by Denis Ouellet Oct 6, 2008.

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Comment by Denis Ouellet on June 25, 2008 at 5:20pm
Thanks Stan and Bev for sharing these stories.
Really touching.

Denis
Comment by Geoff Sims (not related to Zoot} on June 29, 2008 at 5:59am
Hi Bev
I see I'm the only one without a photo.
Had difficulty sending one but will try again.
All the best
Geoff
Comment by Denis Ouellet on July 15, 2008 at 4:26pm
During Stan last meeting with Lester, at the Blue Note in Paris in 1959.
Taken from "Nobody Else But Me" David Gelly's book.
` .., he encountered Lester propping up the bar. Fixing Getz with a long gaze,
Lester said "Lady Getz you're my singer". `
Comment by Denis Ouellet on July 20, 2008 at 7:06pm
From Bill Crow's delightful "Jazz Anecdotes" book.
Bill was Stan's bass player during the fifties.


Mel Tormé tells about a musician that Stan Getz offered to hire
at the Copa Club in Pittsburg:

The engagement went well, and one night, in walked José Ferrer, the Broadway Wunderkind. He was a jazz buff, and after my last performance of the evening he suggested that we slip across the street to the Carousel, where Stan Getz was fronting a quartet. Getz was his miraculous self on tenor, and late in his set he invited me to play drums with the group.
As I rose, Joe Ferrer whispered to me, almost pleadingly. "Ask him if I could sit in on piano. Please!".
As I settled behind the drums, I asked Stan if my friend could join us. Getz nodded, and Joe practically leapt onto the small bandstand. We decided on "Indiana", and when Joe's solo turn came, he knocked us all out with his playing.
I was only minimally surprised. Joe Ferrer could-and can-do anything. At the end of the final chorus, there was a roar from the crowd, and Joe had earned his share of it. We went back to our table, and when Ferrer excused himself to go to the
men's room, Getz came over.
"Hey, man," he asked, "who's the old cat?"
"Old cat?" I laughed. "Stanley that's José Ferrer. He pulls down about a grand a week on Broadway".
Getz shrugged, looked around, and said offhandedly, "Makes no difference to me, If he wants to play with my group, he'll have to work for scale!"
Getz was dead serious.


Denis
Comment by angelo villani on August 30, 2008 at 11:39am
hello, i remember stan doing his son's friend brian,a benifit to recieve a new hand .this was in ervington n.y. this brian was taking pictures of stans son on a raft on the hudson river when he touched some high tension wires. lost both hands and some damage to his leg.that evening i had the honor to sit with stans wife and the parents of brian.the place ws a small restaurant but for me it was the greatest time of my life. God bless
Comment by Dan Goodwin on September 24, 2008 at 7:47am
I first heard Stan about 1970 or so, and I was immediately hooked. Stan's playing gave me a feeling I still can't adequately describe. I had the honor and thrill of seeing him perform in Houston about 30 years ago. Thanks for making this great site.
Comment by jon sheldon roberts on January 14, 2009 at 9:15am
HOW CAN I EVER FORGET THE WARM BALMY NIGHT IN MONTREUX WHEN I HEARD THE SOUL MUSIC OF STAN GETZ FLOATING THROUGH THE JAZZ FOYER SPEAKERS

AND THE UNFORGETTABLE FRONT ROW SEAT TO HEAR STAN CHANGE MY LIFE WITH HIS INSPIRING BREATHTAKING ON STAGE PLAYING OF SOUL EYES AND THE REST

THIS ONE AND ONLY LIVE CONTACT WITH STAN HAS INSPIRED MY CREATIVE WRITING EVER SINCE THAT MEMORABLE NIGHT IN PARADISE MESMERIZED BY THAT WONDERFUL SOUND

WHERE I DISCOVERED WHAT SOUL MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT

NOT TO MENTION HIS AMAZING SENSE OF HUMOR

STAN WAS THE ESSENCE OF THE ETERNAL VALUES OF REAL JAZZ MUSIC ON THAT MAGICAL SUMMER NIGHT ON THE SWISS RIVIERA HUB OF WESTERN CULTURE

LIVING IN PARADISE HERVEY BAY QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA WHERE THERE IS NO WINTER IN THE LUCKY COUNTRY
I AM INDEED FORTUNATE TO HAVE EXPERIENCED THAT EVENING IN THAT OTHER PARADISE SWITZERLAND WHERE OUR CULTURE CULMINATES IN THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

EVEN NOW THE UNIQUE INSTANTLY IDENTIFIABLE SOUND OF THE GETZ TENOR SAX SHIVERS MY SPINE WHENEVER I CATCH A FRAGMENT OF HIS MASTERFUL PLAYING

WHAT A GENIUS OF OUR TIMES

THANK YOU STAN AND MERCI BEV
Comment by Bev Getz on January 14, 2009 at 11:07pm
How beautifully you write of your memory of Montreux Jon! Thank you so much for sharing this here! Stan would be so honored. And... I am grateful!
Comment by Geoff Sims (not related to Zoot} on April 7, 2009 at 10:04pm
Hi Bev
Thank you for your recent email.
I'm not sure how to email you so lets see if this reaches you.
All the best
Geoff
Comment by THEO URFF on April 10, 2009 at 4:45am
Hello again,when I was still a child in the fiftees I didnt know what jazz music was,I didnt even know what a saxophone was..then I heard music that changed my life...it was the magical sound of Stan Getz. Why that impact...the lyrical way he played...?....the beautiful sound of his horn..?
as far as it concernes myself.. he is the only musician who`s sound got deep burried in my soul...why?..its a little bit of that magic that in fact dont need explication.. ! I have a great collection of music.. jazz as wel classical..and no one ...not even Grieg or Mahler...Miles Davis or Coltrane give me that strange magic feeling ...something like longing for beautiful places ..sounds and colours...Sinatra made some music written by Rod Mc uen that gives me the same feeling!!!..its pure poetry...I think that is what IT IS...was Stan Getz a poet...? and than a very great one...! and did he know himself what an impact he had ,with his music,on people all over the world! can anybody tell me that??? greetings till next time THEO URFF FROM THE NETHERLANDS EUROPE.

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