b. Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, 25 January 1927, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, d. 8 December 1994, New York, USA. Jobim can rightfully claim to have started the bossa nova movement when, as director of Odeon Records, he gave his friend João Gilberto his own composition ‘Chega De Saudade’. The influence of the resulting record soon spread to the USA, where Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd made his compositions hugely popular. Although Jobim did record, and performed at Carnegie Hall with Getz, Byrd, and Dizzy Gillespie in 1962, it is as a composer that his influence remains huge, with tunes including ‘Desafinado’, ‘How Insensitive’, ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, ‘One Note Samba’ and ‘Wave’ still jazz standards. Before his untimely death in 1994, his praises were sung for many years by Frank Sinatra, and in recent times by Lee Ritenour.
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