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Stan Getz…the 40’s

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment
The Sound

The Sound

Stan was born in Philadelphia 2 Feb. 1927. He started playing professionally in New York at 15. Lester Young was an early influence. He found that he could play a song perfectly after hearing it on the radio. Jack Teagarden hired him in 1943 and had to assume guardianship of him because of his age to keep him in the band. After 9 months Stan settled in Los Angelas and in 1944 he worked shorty with The Bob Chester Orchestra, Stan Kenton and Jimmy Dorsey while supporting himself as a hat salesman. He also had an opportunity to lead his own trio at the “Hollywood Swing Club”  but went back to New York and in 44-45 joined Benny Goodman and recorded his very first solo with the group. He also recorded his first album Opus De Bop as a bandleader on the bebop label Savoy. He was fired by Goodman in 1946 and his soon to be wife Beverly Stewart arranged a job with Randy Brooks. 1947 Stan returned to California and this time found employment with Woody Herman, during this time frame Stan would develop his signature sound and became one of Woody Hermans Second Herd band which included 4 sax players Stan, Zoot Sims, Herbie Steward and Serge Charloff  which were called “The Four Brothers”. Stans improvisational solo on Early Autumn a Ralph Burns composition featured on Woody Hermans “The Great Big band 1948 Capital recording established him immediately and he started to dominate the jazz polls. He was given the nickname “The Sound” due to his pure ,deep, tonal quality that was quite unlike anything anyone had heard before. Lester Young was quoted as saying that “Getz could sing songs on his tenor sax.

Early Autumn

Early Autumn

Opus De Bop


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jazz links added

April 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Check out “Jazz After Hours” with Jim Wilke, a classic jazz program. Also discovered “Rifftides”, Doug Ramsey’s writings on Jazz and “Jazz Wax”, Marc Myers daily blog on jazz legends and legendary recordings.

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Stan Getz Week coming soon.

April 25, 2009 Leave a comment
Stan Getz

Stan Getz

Starting next Monday and running thru Friday I will feature a week long Stan Getz session. Delving a little deeper into this man and the great sound he created.

Marty Paich

April 24, 2009 Leave a comment
Marrty Paich

Marty Paich

Marty Paich born 1925 in Oakland, Cal. was a 1950’s  pianist, arranger and producer. Well known in professional circles but somewhat unknown to the public. Active in the West Coast jazz experience as arranger and producer of countless albums of that time. He worked and recorded with greats artist such as: Ray Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Terry Gibbs, Stan Kenton, Shelly Manne, Anita O’Day, Dave Pell, Art Pepper, Buddy Rich, Shorty Rogers and Mel Tormé.  Several albums as leader of note are: Marty Paich Trio, A Jazz Band Ball, Paich-Ence, The Picasso Of Big Band Jazz.

In the 60’s he be came more active in commercial studios producing  music for  The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (where he replaced Nelson Riddle), and The Sonny and Cher Show. He also scored such television programs as Ironside, for which he won an Emmy Award.

gypsy jazz

April 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Gypsy Jazz a swing style using stringed instruments started byDjango Reinhardt, playing with only 2 fingers due to an accident in which his right hand had been burned and 3 fingers were permantly curled in, he developed a speed unheard of in his time, inventing unusual chord patterns because of his injury. While playing in Paris in 1934 he formed Quintette di Hot Club de France with Stephane Grappelli playing and recording for the next 5 years before war. After WWII in 46 he toured with Duke Ellington a long time admirer  which was his only trip to the states. He continued to play and record with Grappelli passing in 1953. Check out Souvenirs a classic album of the Hot Club of France. One of Djangos neighbors in Paris was Henri Crolla a French jazz guitarist playing in the gypsy style. His “Jazz In Paris” album Begin the Beguine is a great sampling of this style of music. Bireli Lagrene known as a guitar “phenomenon” became famous playing “Django style” in the 1980’s. His Routes To Django album is great.

Django Discography, Henri Crolla Discography, Bireli Lagrene Discography

Free Jazz

April 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Ornette Coleman pioneer of the “Free Jazz” movement in the 50’s. The Shape Of Jazz To Come 1959 Atlantic release was very influential and changed the jazz community. Many years earlier another jazz man was performing “Free Jazz” before it was known as such. Forgotten and only recently attributed as one of the first to play this style of Jazz… Cecil Taylor and his 1956 Blue Note album was pushing the limits of Jazz. These are two great example’s of this exciting style of Jazz.

Cecil Taylor Discography , Ornette Coleman Discography

Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman

Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor

Jack Kerouac…Beat Poet

April 17, 2009 Leave a comment


Jack was The Beat… author, poet, and painter, he witnessed the birth of Bebop. He heard bop being played in Chicago’s Loop and NewYorks 52nd. St.  He was the voice of the Beat Generation. He was The American Haiku.

jack_kerouac    kerouac-scrollHis Famous On The Road novel originally written in scroll form, one continuous sheet written in just about 3 weeks in April1951 from his Manhatten apt. A novel of freedom and self discovery. His History of Bop speaks of a time lost.




The Dharma Beat

That sound

It’s quite different

It’s called Bop.

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