Stan Getz

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A leading exponent and popularizer of cool jazz in the 1950s, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz (center) initially played with some of the swing era’s top bands, including those led by Jack Teagarden, Stan Kenton, and Benny Goodman. Getz began distancing himself from swing in the late 1940s, developing a saxophone quartet within Woody Herman’s Second Herd band that gave the larger ensemble its distinctive sound. After his solos on “Early Autumn” (1948) gained him a national following, Getz created his own group in 1949, borrowing members of Charlie Parker’s rhythm section such as double bassist Tommy Potter (left) and pianist Al Haig (right) when they were not working with Parker. A superbly melodic soloist, Getz embraced an “artfully relaxed” performance style that epitomized cool jazz. When enthusiasm for that genre waned in the 1960s, he reenergized his career by initiating a fusion of American jazz and Brazilian bossa nova.
Uno de los principales exponentes y promotores del cool jazz en la década de 1950 fue el saxofonista tenor Stan Getz (centro). En sus comienzos tocó con importantes bandas de la era del swing, entre ellas las de Jack Teagarden, Stan Kenton y Benny Goodman. No obstante, para fines de la década de 1940 empezó a distanciarse del swing y desarrolló un cuarteto de saxofones dentro de la banda Second Herd, de Woody Herman, que dio a esta su sonido distintivo. Cuando sus solos en “Early Autumn” (1948) le ganaron una fanaticada a nivel nacional, Getz fundó su propio grupo (1949) con músicos de la sección rítmica de Charlie Parker, como el contrabajista Tommy Potter (izquierda) y el pianista Al Haig (derecha), actuando cuando no tenían shows con Parker. Dotado de un magnífico sentido melódico, Getz adoptó un estilo “refinadamente relajado” que era el epítome del cool jazz. Cuando el entusiasmo por este género se debilitó, hacia los años sesenta, Getz revitalizó su carrera inaugurando la fusión del jazz americano con la bossa nova brasileña.
Artist
Herman Leonard, 1923 - 2010
Sitter
Charles Thomas Potter, 21 Sep 1918 - Mar 1988
Stan Getz, 2 Feb 1927 - 6 Jun 1991
Allan Warren Haig, 22 Jul 1924 - 16 Nov 1982
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Herman Leonard Photography LLC
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1949 (printed 1998)
Object number
NPG.2014.111.11
Topic
Interior
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Music\Musical instrument\Bass
Stan Getz: Male
Stan Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Stan Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Stan Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Allan Warren Haig: Male
Allan Warren Haig: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Charles Thomas Potter: Male
Charles Thomas Potter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bass
Portrait
Medium
Selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 37.6 × 30.4cm (14 13/16 × 11 15/16")
Sheet: 50.4 × 40.6cm (19 13/16 × 16")
Frame: 71.8 × 56.5 × 3.8 cm (28 1/4 × 22 1/4 × 1 1/2")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Photograph