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Pay tribute to the jazz/bossa nova great

Dave Anderson remembers his enchantment with the bossa nova. He first heard “Desafinado” and “The Girl from Ipanema” on the radio when he was a Manzano High School student in the 1960s.

“The Girl from Ipanema” was a hit song on the 1964 “Getz/Gilberto” album that featured American tenor saxophonist Stan Getz with Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto, vocalist Astrud Gilberto and pianist-composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.

“It was almost like a Top 40 album. It was one of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time,” said Anderson, a Santa Fe-based saxophonist.

Two years before, Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd collaborated on the popular “Jazz Samba” album.

“I would drive down Juan Tabo, then a dirt road. I would hear Getz on AM radio. The sound just got me,” said Anderson.

And to a lot of people. “It was a new rhythm. It was appealing,” he said.

Anderson had started on clarinet at age 10. He wanted to be in a school dance band but there were no clarinets in it, only saxophones. So Anderson switched, beginning with a loaner alto sax. Not long after that he bought a tenor sax.

Ever since high school days, Anderson said, Getz has been a strong influence on him.

‘The Sound of Stan Getz’
WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2WHERE: The Bosque Center, Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, 6400 Coors NWHOW MUCH: $23 in advance at or $25 at the door (cash or check)

“When I play tenor, I almost try to channel Stan Getz,” he said.

He’ll pay tribute to the late Getz when he leads a quartet in concert Sunday, June 2 at The Bosque Center in Albuquerque. Songs associated with Getz will be on the program.

Anderson said that the song that initially put Getz on the jazz map was one he did in 1948 with a big band – Woody Herman’s Second Herd.

“The song was ‘Early Autumn.’ Getz played a short solo on it but people noticed it. They heard the sound. They heard the lyricism,” he said.

Besides those bossa nova hits, the ensemble will play a variety of other tunes associated with Getz, among them “East of the Sun,” “Con Alma,” “Soul Eyes” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” Anderson said.

In concert, Anderson will be joined by pianist Bert Dalton, bassist Asher Barreras and drummer Cal Haines.

Anderson is retired from Santa Fe Public Schools where he taught elementary band for 28 years.