In less than 12 hours, WKCR 89.9 FM NY and Som Do Brasil proudly present the 12th annual Antonio Carlos Jobim Festival! Starting at noon and ending at midnight, we'll be playing music (and presenting other exciting things like live interviews!) to honor Jobim.
Here's a snippet from our press release, courtesy of Ian:
"Arguably Brazil's most influential musician of the 20th century, Tom Jobim's prolific career is synonymous with the epic rise of the Bossa Nova wave that swept across the Americas in the 1960s. Blessed with a virtuosic technique on the piano and an ear for innovative melody that blended jazz with the swing of samba step, the carioca's groundbreaking style unveiled Brazilian music to the world with the beuatiful score of Academy-Award winning Black Orpheus in 1959. Perhaps best known for giving musical breath to Vinicius de Moraes' poetry in Garota de Ipanema, the Grammy-Award winner has collaborated with the greatest names in Brazilian music, including Elis Regina, Chico Buarque, Gal Costa, Astrud Gilberto, Toquinho, João Gilberto and Sergio Mendes. Notable jazz performances of Jobim's music include those by Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Toots Thielemans."
I think I can speak for the whole Som Do Brasil crew when I say we are very, very excited to have this special event happening and hope you tune in tomorrow at noon (either 89.9 FM if you're in the tri-state area, or just www.wkcr.org if you want to use our webstream)!