You learn the alphabet, which are the scales. You Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 the sentences, which are the chords, and then you talk extemporaneously with the horn. It's a wonderful thing to be able to speak extemporaneously, which is something I've never gotten the hang of. But musically, I love to talk off the top of my head. And that's what jazz music is all about. Encouraged by older musicians in local bands who recognized his talent, Stan was hired by house bandleader Dick Rogers to play at Roseland for thirty-five dollars a week in December of His grades began to drop as he worked more, and soon Stan droped out of high school.
The school system's truancy officers served bandleader Rogers with papers. Stan was sent back to the classroom, but by now it was pointless. Stan already knew what he wanted to do and how to make a living doing it. He told other musicians he's available to play now.
A friend Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 famous trombone player Jack Teagarden's band. Stan hung out at the rehearsal hall and auditioned for the band. The war draft was draining a lot of bands, and Teagarden knew Stan was not draft age yet.
He was told to pack his things and be ready to leave with the band for Boston the next morning. He returned home Rain District - Sounds I Hide the Bronx tenement expecting an argument about going on the road, but his mother was out and his Dad surprised him.
Stan, seventy bucks a week! I can't make that in two weeks. And I haven't had a job in a month anyway. Stan began touring with the Teagarden band, but in St. Louis truant officers again caught up with him. Jack was told that if the kid was going to continue to work with him in the band, "T" must become his guardian in order to see that Stan completed his schoolwork once a week.
Stan's parents agreed to the arrangement. That Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 a very good introduction to professional music to me. Teagarden was a great musician. His playing is timeless - and it's logical. The one-nighters never ended. By nature, Getz possessed an extremely addictive personality type. At 15 he took up smoking cigarettes at the rate of a pack a day for the rest of his life.
He also discovered that alcohol helped lower his anxiety, so each night he was getting drunk. His male role models at this stage of his life were a father who had deferred Tea With Cinnamon - Katzenjammer - Le Pop Stan's musical money making options and a famous guardian with a non-stop drinking habit. Stan appreciated the happiness soloing on his saxophone brought him.
Soloing was like getting high, and he wanted to repeat the feeling each night on the stand. Stan's days with the Teagarden band ended in when he was seventeen. The band was in California, and Stan wanted to stay there. The local union told him he could not work in a steady paying gig for 90 days. He took the only job of his life outside of music, selling men's clothes in a store. He played one-nighters to supplement this.
He sent for his parents and brother to come out and join him, and they lived in one room. Kenton worked with Bob Hope on his popular radio show, which reached 20 million listeners each Tuesday night.
The Kenton band followed Hope around California playing at wartime troop bases. Kenton also had a steady gig at the Palladium Ballroom in Hollywood. It soldcopies and reached 4 on the charts. There were Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 musicians in the Kenton band addicted to heroin.
Taking note of how much Getz drank each night, one of them turned him on to heroin, snorting it in the back of the band bus. Within a few weeks Stan was addicted. Working in Kenton's band, Getz carefully studied the work of his idol, Lester Young. Lets Stick Together Tracks Of My Tears - Various - Virgin Sales Tape Vol.
II learned his solos note for note and began incorporating them into his Kenton work. After a short stint with the easygoing Jimmy Dorsey, eighteen-year old Getz joined Benny Goodman's band in October of At this time he also met Beverly Byrne, a vocalist with Gene Krupa's band, and a sister of the then famous vocalist Buddy Stewart.
Someone at Savoy Records noticed Stan and signed him to lead a recording session. Stan and Beverly were married on November 7, in Los Angeles. There Stan would hang with a certain group of saxophone players in L. They're playing in the rehearsal band Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 trumpeter Tommy DeCarlo.
The band often played an East L. Mexican ballroom playing mainly Mexican stock arrangements. Sometimes they would mix in their own jazz and no one seemed to mind. Ralph Burns came down to the joint to hear his friends play one night and was blown away by the cohesion of the saxophone team.
Burns at that time was the staff arranger building Woody Herman's new Bop-based band, and Woody hired all four of the saxophone players on Burn's advice. The organization was to be known as Herman's Second Herd. His first band had been more swing and blues oriented. Ralph Burns came in with a brand new, pretty difficult chart Between December , this band recorded fourteen songs, releasing eleven of them.
I believe it was because of the bands I played with from the ages of 15 to The first one was Jack Teagarden, who we all know played trombone, but his sound was so great 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 'reed' out of the sound. I really don't know how I developed my Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14but 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 I Colecciono Moscas - Golpes Bajos - A Santa Compaña from an era when we didn't use electronic instruments.
The bass wasn't even amplified. The sound was the sound that you got, and I discovered that my dark sound could be heard across a room clearer than somebody with a reedy sound I have to work hard to get my sound because I use a harder reed med-hard Van Doren.
People think that I play effortlessly. I remember doing a record date with Bill Evans and afterwards he said to me, you make it sound so easy but when I get right up next to you you're working hard and making it sound easy! Heroin use was out of control in the Herman band. Stan: "I Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 playing one time with Woody's band at this afternoon concert. Nine acts of vaudeville and a trained bear. The bear came on, and I mean, this bear had to be nine feet tall.
And the band came out, and the two on each side of Sam Marowitz-the lead alto player who was very strait-laced; no drugs, no drinking-were Serge Chaloff, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn and me. All stoned. The bear was doing this thing with the trainer, and at one point the bear came around and his arm went over the saxophone section. He could have killed the five of us- but only Sam Marowitz ducked.
The rest of us were too stoned to even know the bear was near us. The vocalists were top draws after the war, not bands. Record companies didn't understand and appreciate the significance of bebop. Television, cars and suburban living were spreading the nightclub and dance hall customers further away from the centrally located club venues.
Musically, the bebop route was magnificent, but business-wise, it was the dumbest thing I ever did. Between several damaging "recording bans" instituted during the 's by the American Federation of Musicians for union bargaining, bands squeezed in as many recording dates as they could. On one of these rushed sessions, Herman recorded "Early Autumn", featuring a brief, beautifully stated solo by Getz. The record became a Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 when it was released a few months later.
Although Getz was never interested in listening to his own records, he once said, "'Early Autumn' I've heard, because it's played on the radio enough for me to hear it. And it's okay. It's a nice solo. But I don't get it. I don't understand why it was such an earth-shaking thing.
It's just another ballad solo for me Stan quit the Herman band in March after a tragic accident on a train outside Chicago. Stan and several Pigeons From Christ - Improv For Jesus musicians had been driving to a gig in winter conditions when their car broke down. The Herman band manager had arranged to flag down a train in an out-of-the way town to pick them to continue their trip.
When the train slowed unexpectedly, an old conductor - a month from retirement - got down onto the tracks to investigate. He slipped under the wheels Circle One - Various - Germs (Tribute) - A Small Circle Of Friends the train on some snow and was killed.
As the happy musicians boarded one of the warm cars, other passengers, who had already heard what had happened to the conductor, greeted them with icy, angry stares. Stan never forgot the tragedy - it freaked him out so much he quit the band. He began to freelance, cutting a few records, and led a big band for the only time Various - Le Sampler RockHard #70 his life at Harlem's Apollo Theater for one week in August of The previous month July, Woody Herman's record of "Early Autumn" had been released, and the White Stallions (Unreleased] - Counting Crows - Adam The Untouchable airplay it got, the bigger the Getz name became.
Stan was now officially a star, based on one solo, and everyone wanted Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 Dusk And Summer - Dashboard Confessional - Dusk And Summer him play. He is He comes in second in the Downbeat Poll. In I was about I was appearing at The Sundown with Bataillion DAmour - Various - Beauty In Darkness Vol.
6 (DVD) Holdt. Stan liked me, hired me and I took Al's chair to go on tour with Stan's quintet. Everything was fine until he discovered there was no heroin anywhere to be found. He suffered through withdrawal and played as much as he could with young Swedish players his own age, who knew little about the prevalence of narcotics on the American jazz scene. Being exposed for the first time in his life to very talented, enthusiastic musicians who weren't high on drugs causes a rather Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14first epiphany for Stan.
He wanted to be clean like them. He hoped he could quit using soon. They sped through thirteen tunes in sixty-seven minutes, including Weezer - Hash Pipe spectacular tribute "Parker 51". On March 11, Stan recored "Moonlight in Vermont" and his audience grew.
His wife Beverly was also addicted, and they made frequent six hour round trips between Long Island and Philadelphia to score cheap junk.
He was keeping his career going in spite of Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 habit, and some great sides kept his audience growing. He combined several 78 singles into an LP album entitled Stan Getz Plays, packaged with a memorable cover shot of Stan leaning forward with his saxophone to receive a Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 from his young son Steve in the recording studio.
Granz put him on tour with a Jazz At The Philharmonic company, and things were great until he got busted in a Los Angeles narcotics sweep.
He was arraigned, but the judge let him finish his pre-arranged eight-day tour with west coast producer Gene Norman and pianist George Shearing. Stan fronted a sax unit on the trip featuring Zoot Sims and Wardell Gray. He had been on heroin for nine years, and wanted to get off of it before he went to prison. While on this tour he swallowed barbiturates and drinks liberally to lessen the inevitable withdrawal symptoms.
He was strung out during the entire tour and tried to pick fights with other musicians on the bus. By the time they arrive in Seattle, he was in misery with muscle cramps.
Gaunt and sickly, he walked into a drug store across the street from his hotel, pretended he had a gun under his coat and staged a stick-up. A woman named Mary Brewster was behind the counter that morning, and when Stan approached he tells her, "Give me a capsule of Morphine. Don't scream. If you don't, I'll blow your brains out. Turning back to Stan, she said, "Let me see your gun. At this unexpected challenge, Stan turned and ran out of the store and back to Rumours Of War - Noel McKoy, Papa Kempess - Rumours Of War / Nuclear Weapon hotel room across the street as the other customers watched.
He then called to apologize to Mary Brewster. A Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Duke Ellingtons Far East Suite was already there and listened in on another phone.
Stan said, "I'm sorry for the crazy thing I did. I've never done anything like that before. I'm not a stick-up man. I'm from a good family. I'm going to commit myself on Wednesday.
If I don't get drugs, I'll Flegmaatikot - Ei Epäilystä. The cop on the phone spoke up, pretending to be a doctor and asked if he can help. Stan blurted out his life's story. His first two quintets were notable for their personnel, including Charlie Parker 's rhythm section of drummer Roy Haynespianist Al Haig and bassist Tommy Potter.
Returning to the U. It sold Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. As a follow-up, Getz recorded the album, Jazz Samba Encore! It also sold more than a million copies bygiving Getz his second gold disc. The piece became one of the most well-known Latin jazz tracks. Getz's love affair with Astrud Gilberto brought an end to his musical partnership with her and her husband, and he began to move away from bossa nova and back to cool jazz.
While still working with the Gilbertos, he recorded the jazz album Nobody Else but Mewith a new quartet including vibraphonist Gary Burtonbut Verve Recordswishing to continue building the Getz brand with bossa nova, refused to release it. It came out 30 years later, after Getz had died. He had a cameo in the film The Exterminator In the mids, Getz worked regularly in the San Francisco Bay area and taught at Stanford University as an artist-in-residence at the Stanford Jazz Workshop until He played the extended solo on part 2 of the title track, which became a minor hit single.
His tenor saxophone of choice was the Selmer Mark VI. As a teenager, Getz had become involved with drugs and alcohol. Inhe was arrested for attempting to rob a pharmacy for morphine. They had two children, Pamela and Nicolaus. The couple lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, partly to escape Getz's legal problems. Getz and Astrud Gilberto maintained a personal and musical relationship for many years, though they never married, possibly because Getz was unable to obtain a divorce.
Getz filed for divorce from Monica Getz in but the petition was not granted until Zoot Simswho had known Getz since their time with Herman, once described him as "a nice bunch of guys", alluding Who Cares - Stan Getz - This Is Jazz 14 the wide range of his personality. Getz died of liver cancer on June 6, His ashes were poured from his saxophone case six miles off the coast of Marina del ReyCalifornia.
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