Bronxville, New York-25 Miles North of New York City
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I spent 30 years in the music industry as a Music Director/Talent buyer of Jazz Clubs (Fat Tuesday's,The Blue Note,NYC,Yoshi's,Oakland,CA,others). I was also an Agent and Manager of Jazz Artists (Chuck Loeb,Phil Woods,etc) and a Record Produced for Concord Jazz, Inc. I produced 7 recordings of my late father,STAN GETZ, the legendary jazz tenor saxophonist, for that label.
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Steve Getz was born October 28, 1948, into a musical family. His late mother was Beverly Bryne, a jazz vocalist; his father was Stan Getz, the late, legendary jazz tenor saxophonist.
Steve acquired a spirited interest in music, starting at a very early age, heavily influenced by his father. He began his education in music studying and playing classical piano while attending a british boarding school in Switzerland. Upon his return to the United States, more specifically, New York, he continued his studies at the piano, upon the prompting of his father who insisted it was important to learn to train his ear melodically. At the same time, during his teenage years, Steve developed a keen interest in learing how to play the drums, influenced first by his father's then drummer,the legendary Roy Haynes. His other big influence at the time was the young Tony Williams, the rhythmic genius behind the Miles Davis Quintet of the 1960's. Steve went off to college and joined his first group,a rock band, mostly performing Beatles and Rolling Stone cover songs. In the early 1970's while continuing his education at The University of Colorado, Steve formed several different jazz groups under his own name and toured the Rocky Mountain region.
Some of his groups even managed to make play lists of the Denver Jazz Station, even without a recording contract! He was also asked to play drums for the late,l egendary blues guitarist/singer, Lightnin' Hopkins, for a three night engagement at Ebbet's Field, a Denver nightclub. In 1976 Steve's father asked him to play drums and percussion as a member of The Stan Getz Quintet on a tour of South America! He returned to Colorado performing with his own groups, and shortly after ended his career as a musician. In 1978 he was introduced to the business side of the music industry, working for an agency as a booking agent. He booked local performances in Colorado for Pat Metheny and others.
In 1979 Steve returned to New York and went back to work as a booking agent for The Willard Alexander Agency, Inc., booking big bands. In 1980 Steve was asked to become the music director/general manager of a relatively new jazz club in Manhattan, Fat Tuesday's. In a few short years Fat Tuesday's became the number one jazz club in New York! During his eight years at the venue, Steve was personally responsible for arranging some world premieres of world famous groups: the McCoy Tyner Big Band, The Phil Woods Little-Big Band, and The Ron Carter String Nonet, all of which received rave reviews by the critics,most noteably John S.Wilson,f rom The New York Times. In the following years Steve became the music director of several other world reknown jazz clubs: In New York: The Blue Note (including three other Blue Note venues in Japan); Lush Life; Seventh Avenue South; The Village Karavan and The Angry Squire.I n California: Yoshi's, in Oakland; and "Reflections", the Stan Getz Room/Hyatt Union Square, in San Francisco. On and off he continued to work as a booking agent, for Abby Hoffer Enterprises, United Entertainment Complex and Central Entertainment Services. He also was a manager of a few jazz artists: Phil Woods,Chuck Loeb and Harry Allen.
After the passing of his father in 1991, Concord Jazz, Inc./Records asked Steve to produce a number of recordings of his late father for the label. One of the recordings,"Spring Is Here" (1992) became "Jazz Album Of the Year" in Jazz Journal Magazine, in London,England.In addition to these job descriptions, Steve wrote reviews of up coming jazz artists scheduled to perform at Fat Tuesday's, in The New York Post. He also did in house publicity for a number of jazz clubs he worked for. In 2003,Steve opened up his own jazz club,The Steve Getz Music Hall, in Williamsburg,Brooklyn, with a partner.The club had a brief but successful run.
Today Steve is a full time music critic/reviewer/writer for The Jazz Network. He resides in Bronxville, New York, outside New York City.
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hi steve, nice to meet you.in brazil we revere the great stan getz. he was the first american musician to record bossa nova style. also we love all jazz. i introduce two hours week, in south brazil, parana. unhappily, steve, the jazz music is not so visible in south america. no jazz magazines, no jazz radios full time...but i do my best to feature in my country more swing and improvised music. if you want your music in brazilians jazz waves, i can give you the radio address. i am member to www.stangetzcommunity.com so, think about. regards. edson.
Wow! Listening to that cut from Focus sure brings back some pleasant memories. That was cutting edge stuff at that time and I still have the album safely stored in my collection. Think I'll give it another listen. What a genius your dad was, and what a legacy he's left for you...and all of us. Bless him.
Hey Steve...Bob Casey here...we met on a "monday Nite" in Bronville some months ago...wanted to say hello and mention goin' to the houston Person gig at the Presbyterian Jazz society on the Second Sunday in Sept....maybe see you there or join us again on a Monday Nite!!! As a reminder I was at Emiline in Mamaroneck when your Dad played for the first time he saw his granddaughter....Case
I've been trying to contact you for years. I've got a few unpublished pics of you and your Dad in my archives. These were taken at the St. Louis Zoo in the early 60's by Bernie Thrasher. I would be happy to get you copies if you don't have them already.
Joe Schwab - Euclid Records - St. Louis, MO
Hi Steve what an honour to meet you, I was in the Jazz Club group and just wanted to say hi from New Zealand I'm such a long way away from everything but we still keep Jazz alive down under. All my best wishes to you and your Dad of course is a Legend whom I admire and inspire to scat like his playing. Love and respect. Barb
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."