Antonio Carlos Jobim


Biography Antonio Carlos Jobim

Often hailed as the Gershwin of Brazil, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s songs like ‘Desafinado’, ‘Corvovado’, ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ and ‘One Note Samba’ have become standards of the jazz repertoire. Their graceful, gently swinging melodies and harmonies have since the ‘60s given musicians a strikingly original alternative to the more traditional Tin Pan Alley sources. A sensitive arranger, pianist, guitarist and singer, Jobim has made a significant contribution to the music of the 20th Century, both as a songwriter and musician.

Antonio Carlos Jobim (in Brazil we called him Tom Jobim) is one of the most important composers of the 20th century. His beautiful songs, such as 'The Girl From Ipanema,' 'Desafinado,' 'Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars),' 'Wave,' and 'Waters Of March,' to mention a few, became standards all over the world and were recorded by the greatest singers and musicians of our time.

Tom Jobim's music is unique — his melodies are haunting and the harmonies extremely sophisticated. He is responsible for introducing Brazilian music to the world.

Jobim is the primary founder of a Brazilian musical style that became known as bossa nova in the late '50s. He gained worldwide attention in 1959 with his contributions to the soundtrack for the film Black Orpheus. Shortly after, artists such as João Gilberto began enjoying hits with Jobim's songs. In 1964 Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto's version of 'The Girl From Ipanema' won the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year. Soon, jazz artists and music lovers the world over would embrace bossa nova.

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