Personalities | João Gilberto | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, guitar, b. 1931)

João Gilberto came to the notice of the wider jazz public in the wake of saxophonist’s Stan Getz’s successful Jazz Samba (1962). Gilberto had earlier been working with composer Antonio Carlos Jobim on a development of the samba known as ‘bossa nova’, and Getz translated that form into a popular success. The subsequent Getz/Gilberto (1963) album included vocals by his companion, Astrud Gilberto, and spawned a famous hit version of ‘The Girl From Ipanema’. Gilberto is a successful international performing artist as well as composer.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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