Born: February 2, 1927 | Died: June 6, 1991 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Stan Getz was born at St. Vincent's Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Feb. 2, 1927. He had one brother, Robert, who was born on October 30, 1932. His parents had come from the Kiev area in the Ukraine in 1903, tired and fearful of the Pogroms. The Getz family had first settled in West Philadelphia, but moved to New York City after Stan's fraternal uncle told them there were better jobs in New York. They lived first on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and then moved up to the East Bronx.
Stan's father had many jobs, but he wasn't aggressive by nature and was thus often unemployed. Stan's mother was a more demanding person and pushed her first son hard to study. She hoped he would become a doctor or a professor and took extra care of him, setting straight A standards for his schoolwork. Stan worked hard in school. During hot Bronx summers, Stan developed a love for swimming at Crotona Park. At this same park, he sold sunflower seeds in two-cent packets that he had purchased in bulk. Stan had his Bar Mitzvah in 1940. Neither Stan nor Robert had much spiritual grounding. Between them, they would have four wives and seven children, none of whom were raised Jewish....
- Jack Teagarden - AFRS Spotlight Bands (1943)
- Stan Kenton (1944)
- Benny Goodman - Collector's Gems 1929-1945
- Benny Goodman - Rare Big Band Gems 1932-1947
- V.A. - Loaded (1946) - w Vido Musso
- Stan Getz - Opus De Bop (1946)
- Stan Getz - Jazz Big Bands V.S.O.P. Swing And Bop (1946)
- V.A. - Opus De Bop (1947 - The age of 20)
- One Night Stand With Vido Musso (1947 - The age of 20)
- Woody Herman - Twelve Shades Of Blue (1947 - The age of 20)
- Stan Getz - Big Bands, Louis Bellson, Mils Blue Rhythm Band (1947 - The age of 20)
- Stan Getz - Groovin' High (1948)
- Woody Herman - The Thundering Herds (1948)
- Al Haig Meets The Master Saxes, Vol. 2 (1948)
- V.A. - A Look At Yesterday (1948)
- V.A. - Yesterday (1948)
- Woody Herman - The Great Big Band (1948)
- Stan Getz - Early Stan (1949/1953) - compilation of 9 tracks recorded in 1949 under the leadership of Terry Gibbs and 4 tracks from 1953 under the leadership of Jimmy Raney. Stan is sideman at these sessions.
- Stan Getz/Zoot Sims/Al Cohn - The Brothers (1949)
- V.A. - Brothers And Other Mothers (1949)
- V.A. - Lestorian Mode (1949)
- V.A. - Tenors Anyone? (1949)
- V.A. - Conception (1949)
- Stan Getz/Al Haig - Prezervation
- V.A. - Stars Of Modern Jazz Concert At Carnegie Hall
- Stan Getz Quartets (1949) - compilation of his late 40s, early 50s work, some of the tracks also appear on the "Roost" compilation.
- Stan Getz, Vol. 2
- Metronome All Stars
- Miles Davis - Dick Hyman - Sonny Stitt
- Here Are Stan Getz And Miles Davis
- Stan Getz - Getz Age
- Stan Getz - Modern World
- The Metronome All Stars - All Star Sessions
- Stan Getz - The Sound
- Stan Getz At Storyville -
- Stan Getz At Storyville, Vol. 2
- Billie Holiday At Storyville
- Stan Getz - The Complete Roost Recordings - another compilation of his 50-52 work, a box set of quartets with a rhythm section featuring Al Haig, the Storyville albums, (live session at a club in Boston with Jimmy Raney in 1951), and more (including 3 tracks with the Count Basie orchestra at Birdland in 1954.
- Johnny Smith/Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont - Getz's biggest hit in his career before bossa-nova
- That Top Tenor Technician Stan Getz
- Stan Getz - Move!
- Hooray For Stan Getz
- Stan Getz
- Stan Getz - Sweetie Pie
- Stan Getz - Duke Ellington 25th Anniversary Concert
- Stan Getz Quintet Live At Carnegie Hall
- Stan Getz Plays -
- Stan Getz - The Way You Look Tonight c/w Stars Fell On Alabama)
- Stan Getz Special, Vol. 2
- Stan Getz Quintet Live At The Hi-Hat 1953, Vol. 1
- Stan Getz Quintet Live At The Hi-Hat 1953, Vol. 2
- The Artistry Of Stan Getz - collection of standards,
- V.A. - Special College Jazz Album (complimentary record)
- Stan Getz - The Lighthouse Sessions - at the Lighthouse Café at Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, California.
- Chet Baker And Stan Getz - West Coast Live - the two West Coast rivals sparring
- Interpretations By The Stan Getz Quintet
- Interpretations By The Stan Getz Quintet, #3
- Norman Granz' Jam Session, #3
- Norman Granz' Jam Session, #4
- Interpretations By The Stan Getz Quintet, #2
- Stan Getz - The Nearness Of You c/w Pot Luck
- Dizzy Gillespie/Stan Getz - Diz And Getz
- V.A. - Tenor Saxes
- Stan Getz At The Shrine - live with Bob Brookmeyer
- Stan Getz Quintet (no details)
- Count Basie/Stan Getz/Sarah Vaughan - Echoes Of An Era: Basie, Getz And Vaughan Live At Birdland
- The Modern Jazz Society
- Lionel Hampton/Stan Getz - Hamp And Getz
- V.A. - The Verve Collectors' Item
- V.A. - West Coast Jazz - recorded in Los Angeles in August 1955 with trumpeter Conte Candoli, pianist Lou Levy, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Shelly Manne.
- The Benny Goodman Story
- Stan Getz In Stockholm -
- Stan Getz And The Cool Sounds - collection of recordings from 53-55, includes some tracks from the "West Coast Jazz" sessions, and some similar pieces including trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, trumpeter Tony Fruscella, drummer Max Roach and others.
- Stan Getz Special, Vol. 1
- Stan Getz/Dizzy Gillespie/Sonny Stitt - For Musicians Only - Dizzy Gillespie's intricate charts put Getz, bassist Ray Brown, and saxist Sonny Stitt through their paces. John Lewis piano, Stan Levey on drums.
- Stan Getz - The Steamer - more West Coast jamming, rhythm section is Lou Levy, Leroy Vinnegar, and Stan Levey. released on Verve Records.
- Buddy Bregman - Swinging Kicks
- Stan Getz/Shelly Manne - Stan And Shelly Live In 1956/57
- Stan Getz Quartet Live At The Village Vanguard
- V.A. - Sittin' In
- Stan Getz - The Soft Swing
- V.A. - Jazz Giants '58
- Stan Getz - Award Winner - more pre-bossa West Coast work with Leroy Vinnegar, Stan Levey and Lou Levy
- Stan Getz Quintet (not released)
- Stan Getz And The Oscar Peterson Trio - Playing the Great American Songbook in California with Peterson, Herb Ellis and Ray Brown.
- Stan Getz And Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz And The Oscar Peterson Trio
- Herb Ellis - Nothing But The Blues
- Stan Getz/Gerry Mulligan - Getz Meets Mulligan In Hi-Fi - w Lou Levy on piano, Ray Brown, and Stan Levey
- Ella Fitzgerald - Like Someone In Love
- Stan Getz And J. J. Johnson At The Opera House - concert for Norman Granz's JATP at Chicago's Opera House. Rhythm section is Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Connie Kay.
- Jazz At The Philharmonic - Lester Young Carnegie Blues
- Ella Fitzgerald - Lady Be Good
- Jazz At The Philharmonic
- Ella Fitzgerald At The Opera House
- Ella Fitzgerald - Stompin' At The Savoy, Pt. 1&2
- Stan Getz/Cal Tjader Sextet -Getz and Latin-jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader with a group including Eddie Duran on guitar and Scott LaFaro on bass. On Fantasy Records.
- Stan Getz/Chet Baker - Stan Meets Chet
- Les Tricheurs (Soundtrack) (no details)
- Stan Getz/Coleman Hawkins/Roy Eldridge - The Great English Concert 1958
- Stan Getz Live In Europe 1958
- V.A. - Hello Baden-Baden
- Stan Getz - Imported From Europe
- Stan Getz - Stockholm Sessions '58
- Stan Getz - Stan The Man
- Annie Ross - Gypsy
- Stan Getz And The Big Band Of Europe
- Stan Getz In Denmark 1958-59
- Stan Getz In Europe - The Early Days, Vol. 3
- Stan Getz In Scandinavia With Oscar Pettiford - The Early Days
- Stan Getz In Scandinavia - The Early Days, Vol. 2
- Stan Getz At Large - Double live CD from Stan from the Cafe Montmartre, Denmark.
- Stan Getz - Cool Velvet: Getz with strings and harp arranged by Russell Garcia
this was later released as a 2-in-1 CD with the 1966 album "Voices"
- Stan Getz - Getz In Poland
- Norman Granz Presents "Jazz At The Philharmonic" In Europe, Vol. 1
- Norman Granz Presents "Jazz At The Philharmonic" In Europe, Vol. 2
- Norman Granz Presents "Jazz At The Philharmonic" In Europe, Vol. 4
- Stan Getz - Focus (Verve V/V6 8412) - with strings, arranged by Eddie Sauter, remastered in 1997
- Stan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer - Recorded Fall 1961 - (Verve V/V6 8418) sax/trombone duets backed by pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist John Neves and drummer Roy Haynes.
- The World Of Stan Getz (Verve VS 200)
- Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd - Jazz Samba (Verve V/V6 8432) - the launch of the samba craze in the US, includes Desafinado, remastered in 1997.
- Stan Getz/Gary McFarland - Big Band Bossa Nova (Verve V/V6 8494) contains 'Manha de Carnaval' and 'Chega de Saudade'.
- Stan Getz/Luiz Bonfa - Jazz Samba Encore! (Verve V/V6 8523) - bossa nova in a slower groove, with vocals by Maria Toledo and compositions by Luis Bonfa.
- Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema: The Bossa Nova Years (Verve 823 611-1)
- Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto (Verve V/V6 8545) the album that made the bossa nova sound into a craze. Getz, guitarist Joao Gilberto, pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim. Tracks include Girl from Ipanema the debut recording of Astrud Gilberto), Corcovado, and Desafinado. Recorded March 18th and 19th, 1963 in New York, produced by Phil Ramone.
- Stan Getz With Laurindo Almeida (Verve V/V6 8665) - more Brazilian sounds, recorded with guitarist Almeida two days after Getz/Gilberto, but this is a jazzier record than the bossa hits. Produced by Creed Taylor.
- Stan Getz - Reflections (Verve V/V6 8554)
- Stan Getz - Nobody Else But Me - the "lost album" with Gary Burton. Not being bossa nova Verve Records refused to release it. Gene Cherico on bass and Joe Hunt on drums.
- Stan Getz And Bill Evans coupling of these two stars, recorded for Verve Records in 1963. Tracks from these sessions appear on various Verve compilations under both Getz' and Evans' names.
- Stan Getz - Getz Au Go Go - with Astrud Gilberto live at the Cafe Au Go Go in New York's Greenwich Village. Gary Burton on vibes, Gene Cherico on bass, Joe Hunt on drums.
- Bob Brookmeyer And Friends
- Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto, #2
- Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto, #2
- Stan Getz - Live in London - recorded at Ronnie Scott's in spring 1964.
- The Canadian Concert Of Stan Getz
- Stan Getz - Mickey One
- Stan Getz And Arthur Fiedler At Tanglewood Boston Pops - A Song After Sundown
- Two Sides Of Stan Getz
- The Stan Getz Quartet In Paris -
- Stan Getz Quartet In Paris
- Stan Getz - Voices - bossa nova with backing vocals, on Verve Records
- Stan Getz - What The World Needs Now
- Stan Getz - Sweet Rain - the departure from bossa nova back to cool jazz, the title track a composition by Michael Gibbs, album includes Ron Carter on bass, Grady Tate on drums and Chick Corea on piano.
- Stan Getz - My Own True Love c/w A Tribute To Stan
- Stan Getz - The Song Is You
- Stan Getz - Didn't We
- Stan Getz - Marakesh Express
- Stan Getz And Gerry Mulligan
- Stan Getz - Dynasty
- Stan Getz Quartet Live
- Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland - Change Of Scenes
- Stan Getz With European Friends
- Stan Getz - Communications '72
- Stan Getz - Captain Marvel (Verve (E) 2304 225) - jazz-rockish outing with a group led by Chick Corea (electric piano) (who also composed most of the album}, and including Stanley Clarke, Tony Williams, and Airto Moreira.
- Jazz At The Philharmonic - Jazz At The Santa Monica Civic '72
- V.A. - Newport In New York '72: The Jam Sessions, Vol. 1&2
- Stan Getz Quartet At Montreux - La Fiesta
- Stan Getz - Portrait
- Stan Getz With Bill Evans Trio Live In Belgium 1974
- The Bill Evans Trio Featuring Stan Getz - But Beautiful - European concert recording with Evans, begins with a tense onstage dispute over the playlist and Evans' refusing to join in on some numbers!!
- Stan Getz - Grand Stan
- V.A. - Jazz Jamboree '74, Vol. 2
- Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto - The Best Of Two Worlds Featuring Joao Gilberto
- Kimiko Kasai - This Is My Love
- Stan Getz - The Master
- Stan Getz/Jimmy Rowles - The Peacocks - produced by Getz, who plays here with pianist Rowles, Buster Williams and drummer Elvin Jones.
- Peter Herbolzheimer - Jazz Gala Concert
- Cybill Shepherd - Mad About The Boy
- V.A. - Jazz: Na Koncertnom Podiju, Vol. 2
- Woody Herman - The New Thundering Herd
- Stan Getz Quartet Live At Montmartre, Vol. 1
- Stan Getz Quartet Live At Montmartre, Vol. 2
- V.A. - Montreux Summit, Vol. 1
- V.A. - Montreux Summit, Vol. 2
- Stan Getz - Another World
- Stan Getz - Mort D'un Pourri
- Stan Getz - Jazz Buhne Berlin '78
- Stan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer - Academy Of Jazz
- Stan Getz - Children Of The World
- V.A. - Havana Jam, II
- Woody Shaw - Woody And Friends At Monterey Jazz Festival 1979
- Stan Getz - Midem Live '80
- Stan Getz - Jazz Gala '80
- Stan Getz - White Heat: Jazz Gala 1980
- Stan Getz - The Dolphin
- Stan Getz - Spring Is Here
Stan's reurn to the mainstream, the albums "The Dolphin" and "Spring is Here" were sets from the same gig and were later released as the "My Old Flame" CD on Concord Records. Lou Levy (piano), Monty Budwig (bass) and Victor Lewis (drums).
- Jimmy Gourley - Good News
- The Woody Herman Big Band Live At The Concord Jazz Festival 1981
- V.A. - Aurex Jazz Festival '81 Live Special
- V.A. - Aurex Jazz Festival '81 All Stars Jam Session
- Billy Highstreet Samba, Stan Getz '81
1982 (The age of 55)
- Stan Getz - Pure Getz
- Stan Getz - Blue Skies
- Dee Bell - Let There Be Love
- Stan Getz Quartet Live In Paris
- Stan Getz/Al Dailey - Poetry
- Chet Baker - Seven Faces Of Valentine
- Stan Getz/Chet Baker - Line For Lyons
- Stan Getz - The Stockholm Concert
- Stan Getz/Chet Baker - Quintessence, Vol. 1 - Stan Getz and Chet Baker in concert in Norway
- Stan Getz/Chet Baker - Quintessence, Vol. 2 - and more of the same
- Diane Schuur - Deedles
- Diane Schuur - Schuur Thing
- Diane Schuur - Timeless
- Stan Getz - Voyage
1987 (The age of 60)
- Michele Hendricks - Carryin' On
- Stan Getz - Anniversary! - The newly drug-free Stan live at the Cafe Montmartre, Copenhagen on July 6, 1987. Kenny Barron piano, Rufus Reid on bass and Victor Lewis on drums.
- Stan Getz - Serenity - another set from that night at the Montmartre.
there is a compilation CD "Cafe Montmartre" with tracks from these albums.
- Barry Manilow - Swing Street
- Huey Lewis and the News - Small World
- Herb Alpert - Midnight Sun
- Helen Merrill - Just Friends
- The Paris All Stars - Homage To Charlie Parker
- Stan Getz - Yours and Mine: Live at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival 1989
- Stan Getz - Soul Eyes - more tracks from the Glasgow festival plus some recorded in Denmark a month later. Kenny Barron, Victor Lewis and the rest
- Stan Getz - Apasionado - light fusion-ish sound by Kenny Barron on electric piano and keyboards, drummer Jeff Porcaro, Oscar Castro Neves on guitar, and percussionist Paulinho da Costa.
- Bossas & Ballads- The Lost Sessions (2003) – recorded in 1989 but not issued until 2003. Again with Kenny Barron on piano, also George Mraz bass and Victor Lewis drums. Produced by Herb Alpert.
- Stan Getz - The Final Concert Recording
- Stan Getz - The Last Recording (DVD) w Kenny Barron and the band in Munich in 1990, one year before Stan died.
- Stan Getz/Kenny Barron - People Time - Getz returns to the Cafe Montmartre, some months before his death. Tracks from here are also on the "Cafe Montmartre" comp.
- Abbey Lincoln - You Gotta Pay The Band
- East of the Sun: The West Coast Sessions
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