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Profile: Stan Getz | Feb. 18, 2022

Stan Getz
Lee Tanner
Downbeat Magazine
Stan Getz

Let's take a closer look at the life of tenor sax player, Stan Getz.

24 - PROMO Show #24 - Stan Getz Profile.mp3
Listen to the Promo for the show.

Best know for his 1964 Grammy-winning album and song "The Girl From Ipanema", Stan Getz led quite a wild personal life, struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. He was arrested a couple of times. He died of liver cancer on June 6, 1991.

Here are links to videos of Getz where you can actually see him playing with so much soul and hear his incredible tone and mastery of the instrument.

First with John Williams conducting the Boston Pops

and then

Six other videos of him

We also listen to a few different versions of the song "Autumn Leaves" which has been recorded more than 1400 times by different jazz artists. It was originally written in French by Jacques Prevert in 1945 and was titled "Les Feuilles mortes", which translates to "The dead leaves." Johnny Mercer wrote the English lyrics and renamed his version in 1950.

Here is the playlist:

Rich Rector is the host of Rich Tones Curated Jazz. A one hour journey into the wonderful world of jazz music.