Category: Getz, Stan

Stan Getz in Saxophone Journal 1986

I’m posting interviews this week from Mel Martin’s great site. In this cool 1986 interview, the great tenorman Stan Getz speaks on a number of topics, including his future recording plans and his master plan for jazz education as the 1986 Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University. Here he is from the interview discussing how he developed his sound:

“I never consciously tried to conceive of what my sound should be. I never said, ‘ I want this kind of sound!’ I believe it was because of the bands I played with from the ages of 15 to 22. The first one was Jack Teagarden, who we all know played trombone, but his sound was so great, so…(pause) sort of legitimate, and effortless. I never tried to imitate anybody, but when you love somebody’s music, you’re influenced. Then I was with Benny Goodman when I was 18 and I believe his sound had an influence on me; such a good sound that he had in those days, you know? And, in-between I heard Lester Young of course, and it was a special kind of trip to hear someone like Lester, who sounded so good and almost classical in a warm way. He took so much of the reed out of the sound. I really don’t know how I developed my sound, but it comes from a combination of my musical conception and no doubt the basic shape of the oral cavity. I did always try to get as much of the reed out of the sound as I could.”

Click here to read Stan Getz in Saxophone Journal 1986

— Peter Blasevick


Stan Getz: Dec 8, 1977

This week I’ll be linking to a series of interviews from the Canadian Jazz Archive Online, a project of JAZZ FM.91, Canada’s premier jazz radio station.

Here are audio three clips from a 1977 interview with saxophone great and latin jazz pioneer Stan Getz in which he discusses playing bass as a young man, selecting bandmembers, and his love of New York. From one of the clips:

“When somebody is going to leave my band, everybody knows it and they all scurry for a chance because they know that I give them plenty of room in my band. Nobody is stifled in my band, and I think it should be that way because jazz is s developing thing and jazz musicians develop and where else do they develop but on the job.”

Click here to listen to Stan Getz: Dec 8, 1977