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Antonio Carlos Jobim was the most successful  songwriter,  arranger, pianist and sometime bandleader to come out of all of South America. Jobim spent his late teens in the beautiful seaside village of Ipanema, where he composed his world famous song “ The Girl from Ipanema” that helped to propel him to international stardom in the mid fifties as an exponent of the musical style that became to be known as Bossa Nova.


Jobim’s most productive  years were spent working in collaboration with the American tenor  saxophonist Stan Getz,  who, along with Brazilian guitarist  Joao Gilberto and Gilberto’s wife, Astrud made the classic recording of “The Girl from Ipanema”, which went on to become a major international hit in the mid sixties.

Getz also worked together with another famous Jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd in producing a fabulous version of the Jobim’s Desafinado.   The quartet also worked together on two albums that Jobim masterminded, Getz/Gilberto  and the follow up, the aptly titled  Getz/Gilberto Vol. 2 which sparked  off tremendous interest on the  Bossa Nova style of music worldwide.



The breakthrough in interest in BossaNova in general  and Carlos Antonio Jobim in particular led to the artist assembling a  touring band  to perform his music, setting off on a tour of the United States and Europe in the mid sixties, with the particular highlight being an unforgettable  performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Jobim’s particular personality was not typical of a band leader being basically quite shy and retiring and much preferring to work in the studio arranging and producing as well as writing. However, so powerful was the music that he produced that  the band that he headed were regarded as being among  the finest of the sixties.  



At the end of the sixties, there was a decline in interest in Bossa Nova music,  and  Jobim  turned his  principal attentions  to composing and  producing  background scores for  film and television.



In the eighties following a resurgence of interest in Bossa Nova, Jobim again moved out of the studio to begin touring, to tremendous  acclaim. Recordings of his live concerts held in Brazil in 1993 and  again at the Carnegie Hall in 1994 are regarded as classics of his career.


Please take a moment to browse though the links below and pick out a particular Antonio Carlos Jobim composition that you may never have heard before and relive the magical sounds of that special time in musical history.




  Aqua Du Berber Listen to this song on You Tube  
  Chovendo Na Rosario Listen to this song on You Tube  
  Desafinado Listen to this song on You Tube  
  Dreamer Listen to this song on You Tube  
  Fascinating Rythm Listen to this song on You Tube  
  Insensatez Listen to this song on You Tube  
  O Grande Amor Listen to this song on You Tube  
  O Morre Nao Tam Tez Listen to this song on You Tube  
  Quiet Night of Quiet Stars Listen to this song on You Tube  
  The Girl from Ipanema Listen to this song on You Tube