My mother took me to see Billie Holiday at the Hollywood Bowl when I was 9 or 10, and I just fell in love with the music. Then I heard some Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell recordings and just flipped out. It was so artistic. I wanted to be a part of that mysterious world, and, like children will do, I thought, "I can do that."
-- Jane Getz (1996)
At 12, Getz was already playing with notable jazz musicians and at 16 she left school and travelled to New York to pursue a career in music.
I worked with the greats. People were very protective of me and I never had a problem.
-  The Los Angeles Times, Bill Kohlhaase (1996-01-13) "Perhaps You've Heard Her Work"