The music of famed Brazilian composer Tom jobim and bandleader saxophonist Stan Gets is celebrated tomorrow night (04-05-2014) at the Carnegie Hall, an iconic venue that holds great importance to Bossa Nova's history. The gentlemen in charge of such task are highly regarded Brazilian musicians Romero Lubambo (guitar), Nilson Matta (bass) and Duduka da Fonseca (drums), who together form the group Trio Da Paz, an adventurous outfit who dares greatly when putting their improvisational take on renowned standards however honoring the original recordings to their fullest. They will be joined onstage by Harry Allen (tenor saxophone), Joe Locke (vibraphone) and vocalist Maucha Adnet. The show starts at 9:30pm and it's part of the Late Nights at Zankel Hall. Tickets can be purchased here.
Bossa Nova rose to mainstream exposure in Brazil back in the late 50's with Elizete Cardoso's 1958 album Canção do Amor Demais, containing songs written together by Tom Jobim and his most famous partner, poet Vinícius de Moraes. It also marks the first recording of João Gilberto's guitar, a sound that would become the trademark for the genre and function as a guideline for its development. Prior to that, Jobim worked with Vinicícius on the soundtrack of his play Orfeu da Conceição, released in 1956. That record, along with the music Johnny Alf was playing since 1954, are arguably the embryo which would eventually grow into the most popular form of Bossa Nova.
In the early 60's, Bossa Nova was brought to american ears by a series of events, most notably a record put out by Stan Getz with Tom Jobim's melodies and the now famous concert at the Carnegie Hall in 1962. Teaming up with guitarist Charlie Byrd, Getz released the collaborative effort Jazz Samba, fronted by the single Desafinado, a Tom Jobim's classic, that charted high in the United States. Little after that, Getz sought João Gilberto to work on the massively successful album Getz/Gilberto, still an all time best seller and the record that introduced American audiences to the Girl From Ipanema, another partnership between Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, that is now one of the most recognizable songs in music history and holds records of radio plays side by side with the Beatles' Yesterday.
Roughly a mix between jazz and samba, Bossa Nova began as an elitist form of musical rebellion that, at the time, would root deeply in poetry, technique and in the desire of being modern. Since modernity in art is an ever changing concept, 50+ years after its birth, the genre has survived many trends and adapted to each and every aesthetic paradox presented to it throughout the years. It still poses major attraction to music lovers, especially outside of Brazil, drawing both performers and enthusiasts to its syncopated bosom.