Antonio Carlos Jobim

In his native Brazil, Antnio Carlos Jobim was a beloved national treasure. Known to most simply by the nickname "Tom," the pianist and songwriter was instrumental in creating bossa nova, an intoxicating blend of jazz ... Read more »

Born: 01/25/1927 in Rio de Janeiro, , BR

Filmography

Music (67)

A Good Day to Die Hard 2013 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

The Hangover Part III 2013 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Arbitrage 2012 (Movie)

("Pra Machucar Meu Coracao") (Song Performer)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Monte Carlo 2011 (Movie)

("Meditacao") (Song)

Monte Carlo 2011 (Movie)

("Meditacao") (Song Performer)

Rio 2011 (Movie)

("Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Despicable Me 2010 (Movie)

("Garota De Ipanema") (Song)

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

("Wave") (Song)

The Proposal 2009 (Movie)

("So Danco Samba") (Song)

Two Lovers 2009 (Movie)

("Vivo Sonhando") (Song)

Whatever Works 2009 (Movie)

("Desafinado") (Song)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 (Movie)

("Agua De Beber") (Song)

Seven Pounds 2008 (Movie)

("How Insensitive") (Song)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

("Girl from Ipanema") (Song)

Juno 2007 (Movie)

("Once I Loved") (Song)

V for Vendetta 2006 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song Performer)

V for Vendetta 2006 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

("Sexy") (Song)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 (Movie)

("Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

("Agua De Beber") (Song)

Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song Performer)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

("Boy from Ipanema") (Song)

Chronically Unfeasible 2001 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Shrek 2001 (Movie)

("Meditation") (Song Performer)

Shrek 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Bossa Nova 2000 (Movie)

("How Insensitive") (Song Performer)

Orfeu 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Orfeu 2000 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Roger Williams: Pop Goes the Ivories 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

The Emperor's New Groove 2000 (Movie)

("Girl from Ipanema") (Song)

Rien sur Robert 1999 (Movie)

("Valse") (Song Performer)

Rien sur Robert 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Babe 2: Pig in the City 1998 (Movie)

("Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Deep Rising 1998 (Movie)

("Garota de Ipanema") (Song)

Karaoke Verite 1998 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

("Desafinado") (Song)

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

("Desafinado") (Song Performer)

Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

songs("One Note Samba" "Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

("Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Lost Highway 1997 (Movie)

("Insensatez") (Song Performer)

Lost Highway 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Vegas Vacation 1997 (Movie)

("Garota de Ipanema") (Song Performer)

Vegas Vacation 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Women Without Implants 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Music

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

("Garota De Ipanema") (Song)

North 1994 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

songs("The Girl From Ipanema" "Corcovado") (Song)

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

("Zingaro") (Song)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Stealing Home 1988 (Movie)

("Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Wall Street 1987 (Movie)

songs("Desafinado" "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars") (Song)

A Menina do lado 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

("The Girl From Ipanema") (Song)

Fonte da Saudate 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Moments of Play 1985 (Movie)

(Performer)

Moments of Play 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Gabriela 1983 (Movie)

title song performer (Song Performer)

Gabriela 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Os Pastores da Noite 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Sagarana, O Duelo 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

A Casa Assassinada 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

The Adventurers 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Black Orpheus 1959 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (3)

Music According to Tom Jobim 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Placido Domingo: The Concert For Planet Earth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

In his native Brazil, Antônio Carlos Jobim was a beloved national treasure. Known to most simply by the nickname "Tom," the pianist and songwriter was instrumental in creating bossa nova, an intoxicating blend of jazz and samba that became all the rage internationally in the late 1950s. The composer of a string of classics, Jobim was the face of Brazilian popular music for a generation.

Antônio Carlos Jobim was born into privilege as the son of a diplomat from a prominent Rio de Janeiro family, but his parents split when he was young. Resettled in Rio's stylish beachfront neighborhood of Ipanema with his mother and new stepfather, Jobim was exposed to both the earthy, African-influenced rhythms of Brazil's first homegrown pop star, Pixinguinha, and the renowned Brazilian classical composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Attracted to the elegance of classical music, the swing of modern jazz and the hypnotic rhythms of samba, the celebratory percussion-driven music born in the streets of the favelas (Rio's poorest neighborhoods), Jobim began fusing the three influences into a distinct new style that would soon be called bossa nova (a Portuguese slang term that translates literally as "new wave"). In 1956, playwright Vinicius de Moraes tapped the 19-year-old Jobim to compose the music for his play "Orfeu de Conceição," recasting the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the favelas during Carnaval. In 1959, French filmmaker Marcel Camus used the play as the basis of his film "Black Orpheus," including three new songs by Jobim and de Moraes alongside a score by composer Luiz Bonfá. The film, which won the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, introduced bossa nova to an international audience.

In the wake of that international success, Jobim continued to expand bossa nova's reach around the world, writing (often with de Moraes as his lyricist) many instant classics of the style and collaborating with most other major figures on Rio's burgeoning music scene, including singer Silvia Telles and guitarist João Gilberto. In 1962, Jobim began a collaboration with American saxophonist Stan Getz that took bossa nova to its greatest commercial heights with the hit album Getz/Gilberto (1964), which was comprised almost exclusively of Jobim's songs. The album featured the definitive version of Jobim's signature tune, an affectionate tribute to the neighborhood in which he grew up called "The Girl From Ipanema." The shortened single version, featuring English-language vocals by João's wife Astrud Gilberto, reached #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 and won the 1965 Grammy for Record of the Year. Jobim's own version appeared on his debut album, The Composer of Desafinado Plays (1963), alongside several of his other most beloved songs, including "Agua de Beber," "Insensatez," and "One Note Samba."

Although bossa nova's international popularity ebbed by the late '60s, Jobim continued releasing his own albums, with a trio of lushly orchestrated releases overseen by American jazz producer Creed Taylor -- Wave (1967), Stone Flower (1970) and Tide (1970) -- having the most international success. Jobim also continued his collaborations with his fellow Brazilian performers, most notably singer Elis Regina; their 1974 album Elis and Tom is considered a pinnacle of both performers' careers. Jobim also worked with American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and with Frank Sinatra, with whom he recorded the best-selling album Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967). A follow-up entitled Sinatra Jobim was recorded in 1970 but shelved, with several tracks appearing the following year on Sinatra and Company. Though his output slowed in the latter half of the 1970s, Jobim continued performing and recording until his death from complications of bladder cancer on December 8, 1994. In recognition of the composer's reach in popularizing Brazilian music around the world, the city of Rio de Janeiro renamed its airport Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in 1999; Jobim had mentioned the airport by name in his song "Samba de Avião."

Milestones

1964

"The Girl From Ipanema" reaches #5 in the Billboard charts

1959

Wrote three new songs for film "Black Orpheus"

1956

Wrote the music for Vinicius de Moraes' play "Orfeu de Conceição"

Bonus Trivia

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"I was a beach boy, and I believe I learned my songs from the birds of the Brazilian forest." -- Associated Press interview, 1991

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