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Antonio Carlos Jobim

(1927 -1994)

 Antônio Carlos Jobim, Brazilian songwriter, composer, and arranger who transformed the extroverted rhythms of the Brazilian samba into an intimate music, the bossa nova, which transformed jazz in the 1960s.

Tom Jobim—as he was popularly known—first began playing piano when he was 14 years old.

In 1958 he began collaborating with singer-guitarist João Gilberto, whose recording of Jobim’s song “Chega de Saudade is widely recognized as the first bossa nova song. 

Bossa Nova is the meeting of a restrained samba and the cool jazz of the 1950s. Largely understood as the Internationalization of samba, Bossa became the most important new pop rhythm of the early 1960s. Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes wrote The Girl from Ipanema which became the second most covered song of all time. It is hard to underestimate the influence of bossa internationally. In Brazil however Bossa was never as popular as it is internationally although Jobim is rightfully acknowledged for his genius. The Airport in Rio de Janeiro is named after him.

Perhaps his most famous recording is his record with Frank Sinatra from 1967 widely acknowledged as a classic.  Jobims music is heard today around the world from bars and elevators to hiphop samples and covers.

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