Stan Getz was among the greatest musical improvisers of all time. The lyrical statements he made with his horn combined with his movie star looks helped him become a world famous jazz star.  He has impacted thousands of musicians spanning all genres. 

John Coltrane himself said of Stan Getz,

 

"Let's face it - we'd all sound like that if we could."

 

His music was never self-defeating but inspiring. You could dance to it, you could write lyrics to it, you could make babies to it. He was a trailblazer in jazz and pop music. 

 

Within this genius lay a deeply scarred and insecure human being.

 

He could be charming and sweet or narcissistic and aggressive. His drug and alcohol addictions took a toll on his health, his marriages and his kids, yet all while his saxophone career continued to thrive. 

 

As Jack DeJohnette opined, "Stan could tell a story with his sound."

 

Now it's our job to tell his.  

Stan Getz - 27 years old - Drug Bust 1954: Los Angeles

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STAN AND BILLIE HOLIDAY 

STAN AND LESTER YOUNG

"My life is music and in some vague, mysterious and subconscious way, I have been driven by a taut inner spring which has propelled me to almost compulsively reach for perfection in music, often in fact, mostly at the expense of everything else in my life."

 

Stan Getz

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STAN GETZ: THE SOUND 

by John Twomey 

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STAN GETZ: A MEMORIAL

by Dr. Herbert Wong

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STAN GETZ THROUGH THE YEARS

New York Times/1991

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STAN GETZ WIKIPEDIA PAGE

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TRANSCENDENTAL CONSOLIDATION:

THE MUSIC OF STAN GETZ

"I cannot play a lie. I have to believe what I play

or it won't come out."

 

Stanley Getz

February 2, 1927 - June 6, 1991

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