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Hancock nabs Album of the Year Grammy

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Herbie Hancock pulled an upset in Los Angeles Sunday night when he nabbed the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for "River: The Joni Letters."

Prestige's Bob Weinstock dead at 77

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Jazz recording pioneer Bob Weinstock has died in a Boca Raton, Fla., hospice at age 77.

Jazz bassist Keter Betts dead at 77

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Jazz bassist Keter Betts, who helped introduce the bossa nova to the United States, has died, it was reported Monday. He was 77.

SFJazz's 5th spring season honors saxmen

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The fifth annual SFJazz Spring Season shines its spotlight on the music of saxophonists Stan Getz and Ornette Coleman.

Texas university to honor King of Thailand

BANGKOK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas, will bestow an honorary doctorate in music to Thailand's jazz-loving King.

Jazz alums to receive honorary doctorates

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Makoto Ozone Friday will be awarded honorary doctorates at the Berklee College of Music.

Getz recordings found

NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- Verve Records has uncovered lost bossa nova and ballad recordings that late saxophonist Stan Getz made in 1989.

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist Herbie Steward was born this day in 1926 in Los Angeles. He was a member of Woody Herman's Second Herd. He was one of the original Four Brothers saxophone section on Herman's "Four Brothers" recording in 1947.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trombonist Buster Cooper was born this day in 1929 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter James "Bubber" Miley was born this day in 1903 in Aiken, S.C. His "growling" style of playing the trumpet attracted the interest of Duke Ellington, who made him a central figure in his first band.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Boogie-woogie piano master Pete Johnson was born this day in 1904 in Kansas City, Mo. He worked regularly in boogie-woogie trios and duos with Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

The father of modern jazz guitar was born this day in 1919 in Dallas. Charlie Christian's recording career lasted only three years, but what an impact he had on later generations.
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Stanley Getz (February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991), usually known as Stan Getz, was an American jazz saxophone player. Getz was known as "The Sound" because of his warm, lyrical tone, his prime influence being the wispy, mellow tone of his idol, Lester Young.

Getz was born on February 2, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Ukrainian Jews who emigrated from the Kiev, Ukraine area in 1903. The family later moved to New York City for better employment opportunities. Getz worked hard in school, receiving straight As, and finished sixth grade close to the top of his class. Getz's major interest was in musical instruments, and he felt a need to play every instrument in sight. He played a number of them before his father bought him his first saxophone at the age of 13. Even though his father also got him a clarinet, Getz instantly fell in love with the saxophone and began practicing eight hours a day.

He attended James Monroe High School (New York) in the Bronx. In 1941, he was accepted into the All City High School Orchestra of New York City. This gave him a chance to receive private, free tutoring from the New York Philharmonic's Simon Kovar, a bassoon player. He also continued playing the saxophone. He eventually dropped out of school in order to pursue his musical career, but was later sent back to the classroom by the school system's truancy officers.

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