Doors, a Swedish startup livestreaming platform, will broadcast a pair of concerts on Saturday, September 11, as a special tribute to legendary saxophonist Stan Getz. The most noteworthy feature of these concerts is that they will be streamed from the library of the house in Helsingør, Denmark, where Getz and his family lived in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The events, which will be broadcast at 9 a.m. and noon U.S. Eastern Time, are meant as both a launch celebration and a preview of Sound Dues, a newly inaugurated jazz festival in Helsingør (the same city that Shakespeare called “Elsinore” in Hamlet).
Each broadcast will feature conversations with Getz’s widow Monica Getz, as well as performances by saxophonist Bill Evans, bassist Darryl Jones, drummer Manu Katché, and pianist (and Sound Dues artistic director) Niels Lan Doky.
Stan and Monica Getz moved to Denmark in 1958, in part as an attempt to escape from the drug culture that was then threatening the health of the American jazz community, as well as Getz’s own career; they returned to the U.S. in 1961. During their time in Helsingør, the saxophonist frequently held band rehearsals in the same library from which the Saturday concerts will be livestreamed.
The Getz tribute is only one of several events taking place in Helsingør during the Sound Dues launch celebration between September 9 and 12. The festival’s official first edition will be held from May 26 to May 29, 2022.