Helen Mayhew reveals how Stan went from being a child prodigy with Jack Teagarden to the acknowledged poll winner and creator of a new jazz sound in just seven years.
In every solo, he and his tenor saxophone sang a song.
Producer Dave Batchelor.
The Fifties was the decade when Stan Getz created a string of great albums with some of the finest jazz performers and, at the same time, wrestled with the demons of drink and drugs, finally fleeing America for the security of Europe.
If Stan Getz's career has a pinnacle, it's 1961.
In that year he recorded Focus, the most challenging and critically acclaimed album of his life.
He also had his first encounter with Bossa Nova, the music which turned him into a pop star and gave jazz a new flavour.
After the pop triumph of Bossa Nova, Stan Getz continued to make music his own way, despite flirting with electronic music and a younger sartorial style.
His last years saw an increased emotional intensity in his performances, and a general recognition of his status as one of the great jazz musicians.