WRTI's Essential Jazz Artist No. 10: Stan Getz

Jan 30, 2017

Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz was called “The Sound”; his warm, lyrical voice was legendary. The bop and cool jazz purveyor may be most well known, however, for bossa nova and his 1964 hit, “The Girl from Ipanema" from the GRAMMY-winning album with Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto. Getz is No. 10 in WRTI's Essential Jazz Artists Countdown.

Some other facts:

  • Getz’s grandparents, the Gayetzkis, were from Ukraine. His father was born in London. Stan was born in Philadelphia, then the family moved to New York City.
  • His idol was “The Prez,” tenor saxophonist Lester Young
  • He was hired by Jack Teagarden for his band in 1943. Getz was 16.
  • “The Girl from Ipanema” may be the second-most recorded pop song ever. The first? The Beatles’ “Yesterday.”
  • Stan Getz won, altogether, five GRAMMY awards.

Susan Lewis talks to Philadelphia saxophonist Larry McKenna about Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt, who shared a birthday.