Stan Getz

American jazz saxophonist

Stan Getz (born Stanley Gayetski; February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991) was an American jazz saxophonist. Getz was known as "The Sound" because of his warm tone. He became popular during the 1940s with Woody Herman's big band. He was known as "one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists".[1] Getz performed in bebop and cool jazz groups. He was inspired by João Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim. His best known song is "The Girl from Ipanema" (1964).

Stan Getz
Stan Getz in 1983
Background information
Birth nameStanley Gayetski
Born(1927-02-02)February 2, 1927
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJune 6, 1991(1991-06-06) (aged 64)
Malibu, California, U.S.
  • Tenor saxophone
  • baritone saxophone
Years active1943–1991


  1. Yanow, Scott. "Stan Getz". AllMusic. Retrieved November 23, 2014.