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Michel Donato , Stan Getz


Stan Getz

Opening act: Michel Donato
Known as "The Sound", Stan Getz plays with the musicians who best communicate his most recent compositions:
- Stan Getz (tenor sax);
- Victor Lewis (drums);
- Marc Johnson (bass);
- Jim Mc Neely (piano).

Winner of the 1982 Jazz Contest, Michel Donato re­turns to the Festival after completing his first album. In 1961, Michel started playing bass with the "house" trio at "Le Jazz Hot". This gig gave him the opportunity to back great jazz artists: Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Harry Edison. His talent brought him engage­ments with Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson with whom he made a recording during a tour of Japan. While in Toronto, he had the opportunity to play with Sonny Rollins, Kank Jones, Jimmy Rowles, Clark Terry, etc. This year, Michel Donato will be in concert with singer Karen young at the Grand Café and will present, with his quintet, some of his new compositions as opening act for Stan Getz.


Stan Getz was born in Philly on February 2, 1927. At the ripe age of 15, his tenor sax brings in the lucre. Stan Getz has a job with Dick "Stinky" Rogers. A few years later,he made the rounds of the most popular orchestras: Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and Jimmy Dorsey. Known with Stan as "The Brothers", Zoot Sims, Herbie Stewart, Serge Chaloff and Jimmy Giuffre were Ail Dorsey players during the best of the "big band" era. This popular band was touring the West Coast white Parker, Dizzy and friends sewed up 52nd Street in New York.

It was a time of style confrontations. Critics labelled a style "cool", ano­ther "Be-bop" and kept the musical controversies going. Happlily, musi­cians like Stan Getz resisted being labelled and came through the period unscathed.

In 1949, Stan was leading his own quartet with none other than Horace Silver, the grandaddy of funky jazz, as his piano player. To those who missed the clean, pure sound of Woody Herman, Stan Getz explained that he had arrived in New York on the heels of one Charlie Parker before moving west to L.A. Stan explains that: "It is indispensible to explore ail the avenues. One can't keep following the same road. This attitude, I qualify as "reactionnary". Know what I mean?"

For those who remain doubtfull on the exploration theory, here are a few highlights of Stan's career:

1953 --

recordings at the Storyville, in Bos­ton, with guitarist Jimmy Raney.

1954 --

concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with trombone player Bob Brocknmeyer.

1955 --

concerts with singer Billie Holiday.

1958-61 --

during a stay in Scandianvia, re­cordings with Scott Lafaro, Duke Jordan and Billy Higgins.

1962 --

records "Focus", a series of improvi­sations on a string orchestra. Starts a series of "bossa-nova" albums.

Outraged, the purists quickly desert the man they had named "The Sound". Once more they had tried to fit a musician in a specific slot and lost. Stan Getz explains: "One can't be like a horse with blinders... One has to be open to life, to music...".

What follows is filled with happy developments. Stan Getz leaves the "bossa-nova" to introduce us to "flair". Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Joanne Brackeen, Stanley Cowell and Mike Richmond had their first opportunity to dis play their artistry with Stan Getz.

He will be introducing some young musicians to the Montréal audience on July 8. Victor Lewis on drums (formerly with Woody Shaw), Marc Johnson on bass (formerly with Bill Evans) and John McNeely on piano. They were with him when he cut his last record, "The Master".

When asked how many Stan Getz he has met during his career, Stan replies: "Many. Many have copied my style. Actually, what happened was that I influenced a lot of musicians. But, I am hard to copy... My style is far too simple!"

Série A - Les Grands Concerts
Friday, July 8, 1983 at 7:00 PM
Théâtre St-Denis

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