Bossa Nova genius João Gilberto in New York, June 22th

Experience The Genius of João Gilberto at the CareFusion Jazz Festival New York on Tuesday, June 22, at 8:00 pm at Carnegie Hall when the renowned singer/guitarist/composer returns to New York for the first time since he celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bossa Nova in 2008. When João Gilberto walks on stage with just his guitar and his mysterious voice, all hearts and minds are totally captivated. Known as the Father of Bossa Nova, Gilberto exudes magic with every word and chord and when you hear his voice just once, you will likely remember it forever. João Gilberto do Prado Pereira de Oliveira was born June 10, 1931 in Juazeiro in Brazil’s state of Bahia. His father, a prosperous merchant, insisted that each of his seven children obtain a good education; but from an early age, João was interested in only one thing – music. When he was 14, a family friend gave him a guitar and a year later, João was arranging music for and leading a boys’ musical group that performed regularly at social functions. At 18, João left his hometown and headed to Salvador to try his hand as a radio singer. The job lasted only a year. In late 1956, João returned to Rio where he spent the next year making contacts and demonstrating his new beat with “Bim-Bom” and another song he composed, “Hô-Ba-La-Lá.”

He also renewed friendships with old colleagues including composer Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim. When João played the two songs, Jobim immediately recognized the possibilities inherent in the beat and pulled out a song he previously had written with Vinícius de Morae. The song was “Chega de Saudade,” which is acknowledged as the song that launched both the Bossa Nova movement and João Gilberto’s career. In 1958, Odeon recorded Gilberto’s music; after a rocky beginning, the tunes gained acceptance and a star was born.

Carnegie Hall is an iconic venue for Bossa Nova. In 1962, it hosted the concert which would make the Brazilian music known internationally.

AtCarnegie Hall, 57th Street & Seventh Avenue, New York City. Tickets for João Gilberto at Carnegie Hall are available at or by calling (212) 247-7800

Source: Brazilian Embassy NY

Published by Hildete Vodopives

Hildete de Moraes Vodopives is founder of Brazil Global and of the Harvard Strategists Group. She has a PhD in Economic History and advises companies and investment agencies in international business development.She served as Corporate Relations Director and later, on the board of the Brazilian Investment Analysts Association (APIMEC).

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