Tune in to WKCR for the 20th annual Antonio Carlos Jobim Festival this Friday. With this festival, we will continue the tradition of broadcasting the music of Brazil's most famous composer, Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim on his birthday.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927, Jobim reached national fame in 1959 when he collaborated with poet Vinicius de Moraes to compose the score for the movieOrfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), which would go on to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Their partnership became one of the most successful in the world, both critically and commercially, with the release of such songs as "Chega de Saudade," "Garota de Ipanema" and "So Tinha de Ser Com Voce." Jobim's Grammy-award winning album with Stan Getz, Getz/Gilberto, confirmed his talent for composition and collaboration on an international level. Jobim also worked with Elis Regina, Sergio Mendes, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra, among many others. A wide range of Jazz and Pop musicians have interpreted his music, and still other musicians have reinterpreted those interpretations.