Tag Archives: Stan Getz

New Release And Time Travel To 52nd Street

This Tenor Album is something I have been wanting to do for quite awhile and there is a story behind it as you will see in the liner notes. This All Star Rhythm section was originally recorded in 1952 by Irv Kratka which launched the historic Music Minus One series and included jazz greats Kenny Clarke, Osie Johnson, Bobby Donaldson, Oscar Pettiford, Milt Hinton, Wilbur Ware, Jimmy Raney, Mundell Lowe, Barry Galbraith, Nat Pierce and Don Abney all who are on this album and were the players that were playing every night with legends like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Stan Getz on what was called “The Street”.  When I was 9 years old being an “ear player” and having an aversion to practicing out of books I just wanted to make the music I already heard in my head and these records helped me shape my jazz style.  I took these same tracks from 1952  and recorded my tenor in Dec 2011 taking my own 55 year “time travel” journey.  I wanted the listener to experience a taste of the sound and spirit of 52nd street in NYC during the “Golden Age of Jazz”.  I want to thank Les Silver of RS Berkeley Instruments for providing me with the Virtuoso Vintage Tenor and Stan Getz Legend Mouthpiece both a joy to play for this album and Bev Getz for keeping her Dad’s legacy alive.  Check out these tracks from the upcoming album release and enjoy ! Glenn

Too Marvelous For Words

Three Little Words

RS Berkeley Instruments and Rico Reeds

Thorough the years i have been involved with several companies and instruments. I Recently i teamed up with Les Silver who is a dear friend and president of RS Berkeley Instruments. He had a dream to not only develop beautiful vintage saxophones but preserve the sound of the great legends in jazz by reproducing the mouthpieces they played. I am very honored that he will be making available my personal trumpet mouthpiece i have used on all my recordings and television through the years which is a tribute to my dad who was a master brass mouthpiece maker. Also in coordination with Stan Getz’s daughter Bev Getz and Charlie Parker’s daughter Kim he has released the mouthpieces of those 2 legends with more to follow. On the tenor album i just completed i played the RS Berkeley Virtuoso Tenor Saxophone and the Stan Getz Legend series mouthpiece shown in this photo both a joy to play. Also i have played Rico reeds exclusively for 40 years and they have always come through for me in every situation and i  finally hooked up with them on a official endorsement basis. Both these companies beside having truly great products are some of the nicest people to do business with. For more information go to the links on the right of my website.  Glenn