January 20, 2022By Christine Pasalo Norland

Antônio Carlos Jobim

Regarded as one of Brazil's most important composers, the late Antônio Carlos Jobim was born on January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro. He began his career in the early 1940s after being inspired by American bandleaders like Duke Ellington. Along with Brazilian musicians Johnny Alf, Alaíde Costa, Joao Gilberto, Newton Mendonca, Vinicius de Moraes, and others, Jobim helped popularize the samba and jazz music form known as bossa nova–a form that arguably began with Alf's composition "Rapaz de Bem" (a song that inspired Jobim's "Off Key (Desafinado)"). Jobim wrote about 400 songs over his lifetime, 17 of which are featured in the playlist below.

Enjoy the playlist, the songs of which are also featured in our January 2022 Dots & Boxes game sheet!


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