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Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim: 1927-1994: Musician - Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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Jobim continued to record during the 1970s, beginning with 1970's well-received Stone Flower and then branching into new territory with 1975's Urubu. "My music never was only bossa nova," Jobim told Enor Paiano in Billboard. "I do samba, choro, baiada … but bossa nova was such a strong movement … that people consider everything [I do] bossa nova." During the mid-1980s a revival of interest in Brazilian music allowed Jobim to perform a number of high-profile concerts. In March of 1985 he performed at Carnegie Hall and that December he appeared at Avery Fisher Hall in New York and Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. In 1987 he recorded Passarim, an album Ginell called "Jobim's major statement of the '80s."

Jobim received the Diploma of Honor in 1988 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in 1991. In 1989 he moved to Manhattan with his family, seeking to escape the political and economic instability of Brazil. At the time of Jobim's death in 1994, he was working on a multitude of projects, including a collaboration with Ettore Stratta, the conductor of the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a film score for director Maria Magalhaes. His last album, Antonia Brasileiro, was released in Brazil a week before his death.

Jobim's hundreds of compositions and innovative arrangements have left their mark on the music community and continue to reverberate strongly on the jazz and world music scenes. "Jobim's reputation as one of the great songwriters of the century is now secure," wrote Ginell, "nowhere more so than on the jazz scene where every other set seems to contain at least one bossa nova."

Selected discography

The Composer of the Desafinado Plays, Verve, 1963.

Wave, A & M, 1967.

Stone Flower, Epic/CTI, 1970.

(With Elis Regina) Elis and Tom, Polygram, 1974.

Urubu, Warner, 1975.

Passarim, Verve, 1987.

Antonio Brasilero, Sonny International, 1994.



Erlewine, Michael, All Music Guide To Jazz, Miller Freeman, 1998, pp. 413, 418, 604, 605.


Americas, March-April 1995, p. 56.

Billboard, December 24, 1994, p. 14.


"Antonio Carlos Jobim," All Music Guide, www.allmusic.com (January 3, 2003).

"Antonio Carlos Jobim," Biography Resource Center, www.galenet.com/servlet/BioRC (January 3, 2003).

—Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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