Stan Getz Biography

Saxophonist (1927–1991)
Stan Getz was an American jazz saxophonist best known for his popularization of the bossa nova sound.


Stan Getz was born on February 2, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Receiving his first saxophone at the age of 13, Getz went on to perform with jazz legend Woody Herman. Getz's light and warm tone—a style that he picked up from his idol, Lester Young—earned him the nickname "The Sound." Getz went on to incorporate bossa nova into his music, and his hit recording "The Girl from Ipanema" helped make the song a standard. Getz died 1991.

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