Tom Jobim -The Boy from Ipanema


“I was a beach boy, and I believe I learned my songs from the birds of the Brazilian forest.”
-Tom Jobim


Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) was a legendary Brazilian songwriter, composer, and arranger, who introduced the world to Bossa Nova (“new trend”) music. With over 400 songs to his credit, Tom Jobim – as he was popularly known – transformed the extroverted rhythms of the Brazilian samba into an intimate music, the Bossa Nova, and with the help of important international artists, merged it with jazz.
Tom Jobim was formally trained in piano as a teen, and was influenced by classical composers such as Debussy, Stravinsky, Chopin, Villa-Lobos (a Brazilian composer), and Brazilian samba. Jobim started his career in 1950s by playing in clubs, arranging music for various recording artists, and composing, before becoming music director of Odeon Records, one of the largest record companies in Brazil. At that time he developed the Bossa Nova along with poet Vinicius de Moraes and vocalist/guitarist Joao Gilberto. The new sound adapted the rhythmic variety and percussive excitement of the Samba to the intimacy of syncopated guitar, while echoing the melodies and harmonies of Cool Jazz. Bossa Nova became popular in the early 1960s with the movie Black Orpheus that featured Tom Jobim’s score. Jobim’s collaborations with major American artists, such as Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, and Frank Sinatra helped to popularize the Bossa Nova all over the world. 
Jobim’s gentle guitar, romantic rhythms, and warm vocal style epitomized the sensuality of his music. He recorded with orchestrators Claus Ogerman and Nelson Riddle, vocalist Frank Sinatra, and several jazz musicians. Jobim’s songs talked about love, self-discovery, betrayal, joy and natural wonders of Brazil, like the “Mata Atlântica” forest, characters of Brazilian folklore and his home city of Rio de Janeiro. Many of his songs became well-established in the jazz repertoire and were given English lyrics by various writers: “Corcovado” (“Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”), “Wave,” “Chega de Saudade” (“No More Blues”), “Amor Em Paz” (“Once I Loved”), “How Insensitive,” “Triste,” “Waters of March,” and “A Felicidade.” The most iconic song by Jobim is “Girl from Ipanema”; it has become the second most recorded pop song of all times! Learn the full story of the legendary song HERE, as told by JAZZIZ. 


Tom Jobim left an enduring legacy on Brazilian and global music. Many of Jobim’s melodies became part of the jazz standards, and have been covered by artists from Tony Bennett to Diana Krall. See a memorable performance from the 1960s of Tom Jobim sharing a stage with Frank Sinatra HERE 

Countless modern musicians, enchanted with Jobim’s melodies, make it a part of their repertoire. Here’s what some artists had to say about Tom Jobim:

“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.” – Frank Sinatra

“He was a genius, a poet, a master of harmony and melody.” – Sting

“He was a musician of the highest order, a true innovator and a master of his craft.” – Herbie Hancock

“His music was like a warm embrace, a celebration of life and love.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“Jobim was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, a true legend who left an indelible mark on the world of music.” – Carlos Santana


Arkadia Artists paid tribute to Tom Jobim with multiple recordings. Enjoy this live performance of A Grande Amor, written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Venicius de Moraes from the All-Star Tribute Concert for Antonio Carlos Jobim. Joe Henderson – tenor sax, Gonzalo Rubalcaba – piano, Ron Carter – bass, Harvey Mason – drums, Paulo Jobim – guitar, Oscar Castro-Neves – guitar, Alex Acuña – percussion.

The DVD of the performance can be purchased HERE


AJAS: Thank You Tom Jobim cover

Arkadia Jazz All-Stars came out with a new Album: “Thank you, Tom Jobim! Our Tribute to a Legend” The release will features an international delegation of esteemed Jazz musicians (such as Benny Golson, Joanne Brackeen, Nigel Clark, T.K. Blue, and others) paying tribute to Tom Jobim in a fifth edition of the beautiful “Thank You” Series. Renowned artists, as well as highly acclaimed new talents, put a fresh spin on Tom Jobim’s melodies, while four artists created their own memorable original compositions that were deeply inspired by Jobim’s timeless music. Learn more about “Thank you, Tom Jobim!” HERE

Read the review of “Thank you, Tom Jobim! Our Tribute to a Legend” at Connect Brazil.

Enjoy the music!


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