Personalities | Antonio Carlos Jobim | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Composer, piano, guitar, 1927–94)
Jobim was the best known of the Brazilian composers who made an impact on jazz. His international reputation blossomed due to his songs in the film Black Orpheus (1959) and with João Gilberto he sparked a bossa nova craze, boosted by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba (1962). He led his own band on international tours, and his songs – including ‘Girl From Ipamena’, ‘Desifinado’ and ‘One Note Stand’ – with original lyrics in Portuguese and light, sophisticated harmonies, remain jazz staples.
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