While Brazil has enjoyed its share of huge international pop music festivals, the country, without question, is most remembered as the source of Bossa Nova, the smooth, sensuous distillation of the samba, wrought by the composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim with his international mega-hit, "The Girl from Ipanema," written with Vinicius De Moraes, English lyric by Norman Gimbel.

The song became the catalyst for a whole new movement of Brazilian-inspired music. In the United States, the music was closely associated with jazz, especially after Stan Getz recorded this song with Brazilian Astrud Gilberto. It would be accurate to suggest that Jobim, with his wonderfully catchy and romantic music, helped turn the cultural spotlight on Brazil during the 50's and 60's when the bossa nova "craze" first took hold, only to go on to become established as a permanent part of the American musical landscape. It has inspired and influenced several generations of performers, ranging from Sinatra to Sting, and beyond. Sinatra, in fact, was once quoted to the effect that "working with my good friend, Jobim, was an absolute joy. We were raised in different countries, but we share the same deep love and respect for great talent ... musicians, lyricists, composers and fellow singers."

To many of his friends, both here and in his native Brazil, Jobim is known affectionately as Tom. He was born in Rio de Janeiro to cultured, educated parents. His father, Jorge, was a diplomat and a professor, and his mother, Nilza Brasileirc, de Almeida, founded and operated a primary school, which both Jobim and his sister, Helena, attended.

As a child, Tom was first exposed to…

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Discography Highlights

GIRL FROM IPANEMA (GARATO DE IPANEMA) Norman Gimbel, Vinicius De MoraesAntonio Carlos Jobim
New Thunder Music Co./Universal Duchess Music Corp./Corcovado Music Corp.

DESAFINADO Newton Mendonca, Antonio Carlos Jobim
Hollis Music, Inc./Bendig Music Corp./Corcovado Music Corp.Wixen Music Publishing, Inc.

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