Gil Spitzer

Gil Spitzer, a saxophonist, embodies many age-defying witticisms. His debut album “Falando Docemente”, was recorded at 75 years of age. “Falando Docemente’ has a classic sound. The album’s music is rich in rhythmic bass, smooth saxophone sounds, and clattering drums. It feels like it was recorded 50 years ago. That is quite a compliment. Spitzer hails from the East Bronx. Spitzer grew up playing alto Saxophone, and was inspired by the music and lyrics of Johnny Hodges, Paul Desmond, and Stan Getz. Spitzer met Nilson Matta, bassist at Matta’s Samba Meets Jazz Summer Music Camp. After the first meeting, and Spitzer’s playing at the camp, Matta invited Spitzer to join an international Samba Meets Jazz Camp, Rio de Janeiro. Jazz history was made. Matta invited Spitzer to join his group on gigs at Birdland, New York City. Matta said that Spitzer has a lyrical quality, which is charming. Also, he has a great tone and great taste. Spitzer embraces all those things and plays with a lot spirit.” This spirit can be heard throughout Spitzer’s debut album. Matta assembled a group of Brazilian friends. They give Spitzer’s album a bossa nova vibe thanks to their collaboration. Spitzer pays tributes to Stan Getz, one of his musical heroes, on “Falando Docemente.” Spitzer describes how the saxophonist and his hero shared a common bond. He stated, “Interestingly, my first lessons took place at an East Bronx studio where Stan Getz taught music lessons.” He was gone by the time I met him, but my photograph was there along with other stars who were there to teach. “And I did take lessons from the same teacher that was he had for some time.” from

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