Sunday, February 8, 2009


Download music!: Antonio Carlos Jobim & Frank Sinatra-Fly Me To The Moon; Antonio Carlos Jobim-Insensatez (How Insensitive); Antonio Carlos Jobim & Astrud Gilberto-Agua de Beber


Where does one begin when speaking of the great Antonio Carlos Jobim? His influence in the world of music will surely be felt for many decades to come. "Tom" Jobim was responsible for writing a lot of the Brazilian bossa nova music that made its way to the U.S. shores in the early 1960s. I was a bit too young to appreciate it at that time; however, I had no trouble appreciating later on in the late 1960s/early 1970s as his melodies spoke to my heart. It did not matter that I did not understand one word of Portuguese back then; the music said it all.

Tom Jobim recorded many different kinds of albums during his career; live albums; albums arranged by the great Claus Ogerman, Nelson Riddle & Eumir Deodato where Tom sang and played piano and guitar; joint albums with Frank Sinatra and other vocalists of note; albums where Tom played piano along with Stan Getz and João Gilberto; even an album where he played guitar under the penname of "Tony Brasil"!

My special thanks and sincere appreciation to the following individuals who have contributed research, numerous album cover scans, photos and other material for this site: Daniella Thompson, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax, Peter Bay, Joel S. Kent, Gregory Flores, Jose Sanches Perez, Michael Newcomb, Sergio Ximenes, Eduardo Bravo, Christian Webb, Tom Johnson, Augusto Troncoso, Shimon Israel, JM Kaufman, Brian Philips, Giko, Dom Um Romao, G. Underhill, Jose Domingos Raffaelli, Larry Witten, Egidio Leitao, Ronaldo Evangelista, Leonid Bogdanov, Fernando Gelbard, Randy Kosht, Duane Shimizu, Ignacio Perez, Vern Graham, Suitbert Kempkes, Wolfgang Weissbrodt, "Jazzcorner" Willie from Germany, Frank-Oliver Hellmann, Zecalouro, Marc van Bakel, Paulinho Garcia, Hans-Peter Huebschen, R. Rembert Aranda, and Jarkko Toivonen.

Sadly, the world lost Tom much too early, in December of 1994. But his music will live on, forever. I hope you enjoy this tribute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim.


Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro – December 8, 1994 in New York), also known as Tom Jobim, was a Grammy Award-winning Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. A primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, Jobim is acknowledged as one of the most influential popular composers of the 20th century. His songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally.


Musical roots

Jobim's musical roots were planted firmly in the work of Pixinguinha, the legendary musician and composer who began modern Brazilian music in the 1930s. Jobim was also influenced by the French composers Claude Debussy and Ravel, and by jazz. Among many themes, his lyrics talked about love, political repression, betrayal, and especially about the natural beauties of Brazil, like the "Mata Atlântica" forest, birds like the Matita Perê, and his home city of Rio de Janeiro.

Early career

Jobim became prominent in Brazil when he teamed up with poet and diplomat Vinicius de Moraes to write the music for the play Orfeu de Conceição (1956). The most popular song from the show was "Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Você" ("Someone to Light Up My Life"). Later, when the play was turned into a film, producer Sacha Gordine did not want to use any of the existing music from the play. Gordine asked de Moraes and Jobim for a new score for the film Black Orpheus (1959). Vinicius was at the time away in Montevideo, Uruguay, working for the Itamaraty (the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and so he and Jobim were only able to write three songs, primarily over the telephone ("A Felicidade", "Frevo",and "O Nosso Amor"). This collaboration proved successful, and Vinicius went on to pen the lyrics to some of Jobim's most popular songs.

Collaborators and performers of Jobim's music

The Brazilian collaborators and interpreters of Jobim's music include João Gilberto (often credited as a co-creator of bossa nova), Chico Buarque, Gal Costa, Elis Regina, Sergio Mendes, Astrud Gilberto, and Flora Purim. Eumir Deodato and the conductor/composer Claus Ogerman arranged many recordings of Jobim tunes.

A key event in making Jobim's music known in the English speaking world was his collaboration with the American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, João Gilberto and Gilberto's wife at the time, Astrud Gilberto, which resulted in two albums, Getz/Gilberto (1963) and Getz/Gilberto Vol. 2 (1964). The release of Getz/Gilberto created a bossa nova craze in the United States, and subsequently internationally.

Getz had previously recorded Jazz Samba (1962), and Jobim wrote many of the songs on Getz/Gilberto, which became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and turned Astrud Gilberto, who sang on "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado", into an international sensation.

At the Grammy Awards of 1964 Getz/Gilberto won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group and the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. "The Girl from Ipanema" won the award for Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

American jazz singers Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra prominently featured Jobim's songs on their albums Ella Abraça Jobim (1981), and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967), respectively. Other notable performers of Jobim songs include Toninho Horta, Andy Williams, Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Diana Krall, Claudine Longet, Sting, and George Michael. Carlos Santana's 1970s album Caravanserai included a version of Jobim's "Stone Flower." The 1996 CD Wave: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook included performances of Jobim tunes by Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Toots Thielemans. Contemporary jazz performer Jane Monheit sang "Waters of March" ("Águas de Março") on her CD Come Dream With Me.

Last years

Jobim remained musically productive until his 1994 death from heart failure; his last album, Antonio Brasileiro, was released posthumously. He is buried in the Cemitério São João Batista in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio de Janeiro airport was renamed the Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport in his honor.

DiscographyMeus Primeiros Passos E Compassos
Black Orpheus (Soundtrack) (1959)
Getz/Gilberto (1963)
Jazz Samba Encore! (1963)
Getz/Gilberto Vol. 2 (1964)
The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (1963)
The Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim (1964)
The Swinger From Rio (1965) (Sergio Mendes)
Love, Strings and Jobim (1966)
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967)
A Certain Mr. Jobim (1967)
Wave (1967)
Stone Flower (1970)
Tide (1970)
Sinatra & Company (1971)
Jobim (1972)
Look To The Sky (1972)
Matita Pere (1972)
Elis & Tom (1974)
Urubu (1976) Miúcha & Antonio Carlos Jobim - vol. 1 - Miúcha & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1977)
Gravado ao vivo no Canecão - Tom, Vinicius, Toquinho, Miúcha (1977)
Miucha & Tom Jobim - vol. II - Miúcha & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1979)
Sinatra-Jobim Sessions (1979)
Terra Brasilis (1980)
Edu & Tom (1981)
em minas ao vivo (1981)
Gabriela (1983)
Passarim (1987)
Inédito (1987)
Echoes of Rio (1989)
Tom Canta Vinicius: Ao Vivo (1990/2000)
Antonio Carlos Jobim and Friends (1993)
Miúcha e Tom Jobim (1994)
Duets II (1994)
Antonio Brasileiro (1994)

References in Popular Culture Lists of miscellaneous information should be avoided. Please relocate any relevant information into appropriate sections or articles. (January 2008)

The late singer/songwriter Elliott Smith wrote a song titled "Antonio Carlos Jobim", which he recorded with his band Heatmiser on their Cop And Speeder album.
Antonio, Carlos, and Jobim are a trio of recurring extras on the musically referential anime Cowboy Bebop.
In the show Home Movies Jason "auditions" for the school play by "singing" a song in the style of Antônio Carlos Jobim in the episode "Bye Bye Greasy."


Red Bull Music Academy (2005) Eumir Deodato - Boy from Rio Pt. 1. Available from: Accessed 6 December 2006.
Newsweek Archives link to Jobim's burial


McGowan, Chris; Pessanha, Ricardo (1998). The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil (2nd edition ed.). Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 1-56639-545-3, ISBN 1-56639-544-5.
Castro, Ruy (2000). Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World (1st English-Language Edition ed.). Chicago, IL: A Capella Books. ISBN 1-55652-409-9.
"Dicionário Cravo Albin da Música Popular Brasileira". Retrieved on 2007-04-21.

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