Friday, May 16, 2008

Stan Getz: “Desafinado & The Girl from Ipanema” (1983)

Stanley Gayetzky (1927 – 1991), usually known by his stage name Stan Getz, was an American jazz saxophone player. His parents were Ukrainian Jews who immigrated to the United States in 1903. Getz started playing professionally in 1943 and became popular in the 1950’s playing cool jazz. In the 1960’s he became a central figure in Bossa Nova and Brazilian jazz.

The above film clip is from a concert in California in 1983 featuring the Stan Getz Quartet: Getz on the saxophone, Victor Lewis on the drums, Mark Johnson on the piano and Jim McNeely on the piano. He won Grammys for both songs performed -- Desafinado and the Girl from Ipanema -- in the 1960’s.

You can see him here performing with John Coltrane.

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