Brazilian composer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, and singer, Antônio Carlos Jobim, is widely considered the "father of bossa nova." Not only was he instrumental in creating the bossa nova sound, but also in bringing bossa nova to a world-wide audience. Enjoy some fabulous music and celebrate this amazing musical genius. Obrigado (thank you) 'to some Brazilian friends who suggested this as a Cuppa Go feature!
Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim - This website offers a comprehensive overview of Jobim's life and musical contributions--including a wealth of photos, such as the one above with Brazilian soccer legend, Pelé. The site is in Portuguese, however, if you visit using the Google Chrome browser, you can right-click on any blank area of the webpages and then choose Translate from the menu. The page will instantly be readable in the language of your choice. There is also a good Wikipedia overview of his life and career here.
Historic 1962 Recording of The Girl from Ipanema - The first ever recording of The Girl From Ipanema. Recorded live at Au Bon Gourmet Nightclub in Rio de Janerio in August of 1962. Read more about that historic premier recording here.
Jobin Brings Bossa Nova to the World - This profile explores Jobin's international collaborations with, and influence on, such musical icons as Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald, which popularized bossa nova-style music, and influenced other musical genres.
NPR Fresh Air Interview with Tom Jobin - Terry Gross interviewed Jobin in 1988, so you can listen to the man himself talk about his music and musical journey.
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival (1986) - A full-length concert.
Frank Sinatra & Tom Jobim: Bossa Nova Medley - Beautiful video of Sinatra and Jobin performing together live as a duo. This amazing musical collaboration went much further. Here is a complete album recording of their work together.
Best Antonio Carlos Jobim Songs: 20 Brazilian Classics - Immerse yourself in Tom Jobim's most iconic songs.
Elis Regina & Tom Jobim: Aguas de Março - This 1974 recording is one of the most legendary musical duets in history.