Personalities | Stan Getz | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Tenor saxophone, 1927–91)

Stan Getz was one of many white tenor saxophonists influenced by Lester Young, but as he matured he developed a distinctive sound of his own. After working with Jack Teagarden, Stan Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, Getz became one of the ‘Four Brothers’ in Woody Herman’s Second Herd. From the 1950s onwards Getz led his own sessions, heading the massive bossa nova craze of the early 1960s. He initiated many original projects and was widely admired – by John Coltrane among others – for his lyrical virtuosity.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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