The Brazilian Jazz ensemble presents songs from the great Tom Jobim, including some of his greatest hits and other hidden gems, sung both in English and Portuguese.
Music Director: Goio Lima (flutes and arrangements)
Voices: Victoria Lozano and Alex Manfredo
Acoustic guitar: Beto Rodrigues
Double bass: Eli Naragon
Drums: Chris Morrow
Trombones: Max Yearley and Jeremiah StJohn
Percussion: Dominic Gomes
List of songs:
2- How Insensitive
2- One note samba
3- No more blues
4- Skate board
8- Outra vez
9- Double rainbow
10- Girl from Ipanema
11- Two kites
Antônio Carlos Jobim, in full Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida, byname Tom Jobim, (born January 25, 1927, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—died December 8, 1994, New York, New York, U.S.), Brazilian songwriter, composer, and arranger who transformed the extroverted rhythms of the Brazilian samba into an intimate music: the bossa nova (“new trend”), which became internationally popular in the 1960s.
“Tom” Jobim—as he was popularly known—first began playing piano when he was 14 years old, on an instrument given to his sister by their stepfather. He quickly showed an aptitude for music, and his stepfather sent him to a series of highly accomplished classically trained musicians for lessons. During the course of his studies, Jobim was particularly inspired by the music of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos (1887–1959), whose Western classical works regularly employed Brazilian melodic and rhythmic materials. When it came time to choose a career, Jobim initially showed no interest in pursuing music professionally, opting instead to become an architect. He soon became disenchanted with the choice, however, and left the field to devote himself fully to music.
Jobim subsequently performed in the clubs of Rio de Janeiro, transcribed songs for composers who could not write music, and arranged music for various recording artists before becoming music director of Odeon Records, one of the largest record companies in Brazil. In 1958 he began collaborating with singer-guitarist Joao Gilberto, whose recording of Jobim’s song “Chega de Saudade” (1958; “No More Blues”) is widely recognized as the first bossa nova single. Although the song itself met a cold reception, the bossa nova album that bears its name—Chega de Saudade (1959)—took Brazil by storm the following year. Also in 1959, Jobim and composer Luís Bonfá became noted for their collaboration with lyricist Vinicius de Moraes on the score for Orfeu negro (Black Orpheus), which won an Academy Award for best foreign film. By the early 1960s, Jobim’s music was being played around the world.