Antonio Carlos Jobim Festival, Tuesday January 25th
WKCR will present the Jobim Festival from 12:00 p.m. on January 25 to 1:00 a.m. on January 26th. This tribute comes as an extension of the Som Do Brasil program, where the Latin Department champions Brazilian music in all of its forms. With this festival, the Latin Department will explore the work of a particularly influential artist, Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Jobim was born on January 25th, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro, and reached fame nationally in 1959, when he paired up with poet Vincius de Moraes to compose the score for the movie Black Orpheus, which would later go on to win the Cannes Palme d’Or. The Moraes-Jobim collaboration 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’. Additionally, the Grammy-award winning album, Getz/Gilberto, confirmed his talent for composition on an international level. Jobim has also collaborated with artists such as Elis Regina, Sergio Mendes, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and his music has been interpreted by a wide range of Jazz and Pop musicians including John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Byrd, Oscar Peterson, among others. He was finishing his final album, Antonio Brasileiro, when he died on December 8th, 1994. Recently inducted to the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame, Antonio Carlos Jobim is widely recognized throughout the world as one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century. As a pioneer in Brazilian music, Tom Jobim must be noted for his prowess as a songwriter and arranger, his transformation of the ‘samba’ form, and the creation of the bossa nova movement throughout Brazil, the United States and the world.