One of the seminal figures of jazz, Stan Getz came up in the bebop era and ultimately helped popularize bossanova. Born in Philadelphia, Getz grew up in the Bronx and got his first saxophone at age 13. After dropping out of high school, he became a professional musician in 1943 and joined trombonist Jack Teagarden’s band. He eventually moved to the West Coast and flourished as a member of Stan Kenton’s band.
By the mid-1940s, Getz was one of a group of Lester Young-influenced musicians that included Zoot Sims. The group performed as Four Brothers. He gained mainstream recognition in 1950 with the release of Woody Herman's hit record "Early Autumn" before subsequently signing with legendary producer Norm Granz to create the LP Stan Getz Plays. His notable late 1950s sessions include those with trumpeter Chet Baker. In 1962, Stan Getz became a superstar with "Getz/Gilberto," which launched the jazz samba craze in the United States. He played live and toured extensively until his death in 1991.
Paul Katsus jazz favorites include; The Rippingtons, Mindy Abair, David Sanchez, Gerald Albright, Herb Albert, Al Jarreau, and everyone's favorite, Kinney G.