Check This Out: Stan Getz Interview

Somebody sent me this interview with Stan Getz from 1987, talking about drinking and drugs and jazz. Thought I’d share it with everyone. He put out some great records. Too bad he doesn’t remember making them.


  • Interesting interview with a favorite player,although it reminds me that sometimes “the more you know” can be less than flattering for many a beloved musician. Here’s a look at Getz from another perspective-a former sideman,pianist Fred Hersch(also a favorite). This is from a NYT article(2010):

    “One afternoon, Hersch had a rehearsal scheduled with Stan Getz in Hersch’s loft. After Getz rang Hersch’s buzzer, Hersch found himself scooting to his bathroom to hide his boyfriend’s toothbrush. “That’s when I realized, What the hell am I doing?” he recalled. “This is my home. This is my life. I decided I was going to open up about everything and just be myself, and the period of coming out was the beginning of my gaining confidence as a composer. I felt like I had to get it out there while I still had time.”

  • His bio (Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz) is just a long, repetitive list of drinking, drugs, music, women, violence; drinking, drugs, music, women, violence. It becomes tiresome after a while. But, man, that cat could play!

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