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Tom Jobim - Bossa Nova

Updated on October 9, 2014

Tom Jobim - Antonio Carlos Jobim

This page is dedicated to Antnio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim and I invite you learn a little about his amazing life and career. Antonio Carlos Jobim was born in January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro, AKA Tom Jobim was a songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, pianist, guitarist and poet. A master of the art of creating music he is considered to be one of the fathers of the BOSSA NOVA style of music. During his life and career Tom Jobim musical masterpieces became popular through the world and not only he had the chance to share the stage with a variety of Brazilian singers and songwriters, but he also had the opportunity to play, compose and make albums with many international strong forces such as Frank Sinatra and Baden Powell. His music has been for many years recognized all over the world. This page is created for him out of my love for his music and his passions. To me Tom Jobim embodies what being a Brazilian is about and by listening to his music I can not only feel Brazil in my veins but I can also feel peace in my heart. His music transcends languages as well and when translated to english they still capture the beauty of its original creation. Feel free to enjoy this lens, make comments and do not forget do listen to Tom. I can guarantee that his Bossa Nova music will make you feel good and it might get you moving as well! It is simply captivating and energizing. Enjoy...

Last Updated: 01/11/14

young Tom Jobim with piano
young Tom Jobim with piano

Personal Life and Death

Antonio Carlos Jobim was born in the middle-class district of Tijuca, in Rio de Janeiro. His father Jorge de Oliveira Jobim (So Gabriel, Rio Grande do Sul, April 23, 1889 - July 19 1935) was a writer, diplomat, professor and journalist. When Antonio was still an infant, his parents separated and his mother, Nilza Brasileiro de Almeida (c. 1910 - November 17, 1989), moved with her children (Antonio Carlos and his sister Helena Isaura, born February 23, 1931) to Ipanema, the beachside neighborhood the composer would later celebrate in his songs. In 1935, when the elder Jobim died, Nilza married Celso da Frota Pessoa (died February 2, 1979), who would encourage his stepson's career and give him his first piano.

As a young man of limited means, Jobim earned his living by playing in nightclubs and bars and later as an arranger for a recording label, before starting to make success as a composer.

Jobim was married to Thereza Otero Hermanny on October 15, 1949 and had two children with her: Paulo Jobim (born August 4, 1950), an architect and musician, married and father of Daniel Jobim and Dora Jobim (born May 6, 1976); and Elizabeth "Beth" Jobim (born August 26, 1957), a painter. Jobim and Hermanny divorced in 1978. On April 30, 1986 he married photographer Ana Beatriz Lontra, born in 1957 and daughter of lvaro Augusto da Fonseca Lontra and wife Esmeralda Lemos, with whom he had two more children: Joo Francisco Jobim (October 30, 1979 - July 21, 1998) and Maria Luiza Helena Jobim (born March 20, 1987). His grandson Daniel Jobim (born February 23, 1973), Paulo's son, followed his grandfather's steps, becoming a pianist and composer.

Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim. A moment that made musical history.

Chronology - 1927 to 1962 - Tom Jobim's career and related facts - Translated from his Portuguese biography

Young Tom Jobim with piano
Young Tom Jobim with piano

Mar 05,1887: Heitor Villa-Lobos is born at Ipiranga Street, in Rio de Janeiro. Son of Noemia and Raul Villa-Lobos, Heitor is considered the greatest of Brazilian Composers.

Oct 19,1913: Poet Vinicius de Moraes is born

Dec 12,1915: Frank Sinatra is born.

Jan 25,1927: Tom Jobim is born at Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Parents: Jorge Jobim and Nilza Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim.

Feb 14,1927: Newton Mendona is born at Cachambi, Rio de Janeiro.

Apr 29,1930: Claus Ogerman is born in Ratibor, Germany (now Raciborz, Poland).

1931: The Jobim family moves to the Ipanema neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro.

Feb 23,1931: Tom's only sister, Helena, is born.

Jun 10,1931: Joo Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira is born in Juazeiro, Bahia, Brasil.

Jul 19,1935: Jorge Jobim, Tom's father, passes away at 47.

1937: Nilza, Tom's mother, marries Celso Frota Pessoa. *Tom Jobim attends the preparatory year for the first grade ("Curso de admisso ao ginsio", in Portuguese), at Externato Mello e Souza, in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.

1938: Tom takes an entrance examination at Externato Mello e Souza, in Copacabana and there attends the first grade. He fails and is transferred to Colgio Andrews.

1939: Again Tom does the first grade, but this time at Colgio Andrews, Praia do Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro.

1940: He passes to the second grade.

1941: He starts piano lessons with Hans Joachim Koellreuter.

1946: Tom enters the School of Architecture. But he leaves college the same year and gives up architecture.

Oct 15,1949: Marriage of Tom and Thereza Hermanny.

Aug 04,1950: Tom's first son, Paulo, is born.

1952: Tom starts working at Continental Records.

Tom Jobim Video - Girl From Ipanema

Chronology - 1963 to 1967

1963: Release of the LP "The Composer of Desafinado Plays".

1963: In New York, Tom tries to record and release his songs in the USA.

1964: The LP "The Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim" is released.

May 16,1964: Tom travels to New York to deal business affairs about his music publishing house, Corcovado Music.

Jul 30,1964: Tom returns to Brazil.

1964: The LP "Caymmi Visita Tom" is released.

Dec 1964: Tom travels to Los Angeles. He works with Ray Gilbert translating his songs into English.

1965: The LP "A Certain Mr. Jobim" is released.

Aug 30,1966: Tom arrives in Los Angeles, California, for his first recording with Frank Sinatra.

Dec 19,1966: The female singer Silvia Telles dies in a car accident.

Jan 30,1967: Tom starts recording his first album with Frank Sinatra: "Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim."

Feb 1967: Soundtrack for the movie "Garota de Ipanema," directed by Leon Hirszman. The recordings included three orchestra arrangements based on the original theme of "The Girl from Ipanema".

1967 - Tom Jobim & Frank Sinatra Duet Album 1

1967 - Tom Jobim & Frank Sinatra Duet Album 1
1967 - Tom Jobim & Frank Sinatra Duet Album 1

Chronology - 1968 to 1976

1968: At the III International Song Festival, in Rio de Janeiro, Tom and Chico Buarque present the song "Sabi", which wins the first prize.

1969: Tom writes the sound track for the film "Os Aventureiros" (The Adventurers). The sound track was recorded in London with arrangements and conducting by Eumir Deodato.

1970: Wrote the sound track for the movie "Tempo de mar" (The time of the sea), directed by Pedro de Moraes.

1970: Release of the LP "Stone Flower", arranged by Eumir Deodato.

1971: Tom creates the sound track for the film "A Casa Assassinada" (The Murdered House), directed by Paulo Cesar Saraceni.

1971: Frank Sinatra records the LP "Sinatra & Cia" with five songs by Tom, and arrangements by Eumir Deodato.

May 1972 :Release of a 45 rpm vinyl record, included in a special issue of the weekly satiric bulletin "O Pasquim", titled "Disco de Bolso - O tom de Antonio Carlos Jobim e o tal de Joo Bosco". This record contains the first recording of the song "guas de Maro" (Waters of March).

1973: The LP "Matita Per" is released.

Feb 23,1973: Tom's first grandchild, Daniel, Paulo Jobim's son, is born.

1974: The LP "Elis & Tom" is released.

1974: Show "Elis & Tom", at the Bandeirantes Theatre, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Featuring the Brazilian female singer Elis, orchestra under the direction of Leo Peracchi, and Cesar Mariano with band.

Oct 16,1975: Recording of the LP "Urubu" begins. The album becomes ready on October 23, 1975.

1976: Tom meets the photographer Ana Beatriz Lontra, 19 years old, who later on would become his second wife.

May 06,1976: Dora, Paulo's second child and Tom's granddaughter, is born.

Discography - 1963 to 1976

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1- 1963: The Composer of Desafinado, Plays - His first debut album2 - 1964: The Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim3 - 1965: A Certain Mr. Jobim4 - 1967: Wave5 - 1970: Stone Flower6 - 1970: Tide7 - 1972: Jobim8 - 1973: Matita Pere9 - 1974: Elis & Tom10- 1976: Urubu
1- 1963: The Composer of Desafinado, Plays - His first debut album
1- 1963: The Composer of Desafinado, Plays - His first debut album
2 - 1964: The Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim
2 - 1964: The Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim
3 - 1965: A Certain Mr. Jobim
3 - 1965: A Certain Mr. Jobim
4 - 1967: Wave
4 - 1967: Wave
5 - 1970: Stone Flower
5 - 1970: Stone Flower
6 - 1970: Tide
6 - 1970: Tide
7 - 1972: Jobim
7 - 1972: Jobim
8 - 1973: Matita Pere
8 - 1973: Matita Pere
9 - 1974: Elis & Tom
9 - 1974: Elis & Tom
10- 1976: Urubu
10- 1976: Urubu

Chronology - 1977 to

Continuing...

1977: With singer Miucha, Tom records the LP "Miucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim."

May 1978: Tom and Ana Beatriz Lontra go to New York on their honeymoon. They stay at the Adams Hotel.

Dec 1978: Tom and Ana rent a house in Jardim Botanico neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, where they live for six years.

1979: Jobim records another LP with Miucha. One of the songs is "Dinheiro em Penca," which lasts 9'43". Composer and lyricist Chico Buarque, Miucha's brother, takes part.

Feb 02, 1979: Tom's stepfather, Celso Frota Pessoa, passes away at 68.

Oct 30, 1979: Tom and Ana Lontra Jobim's son, Joo Francisco, is born.

1980: The LP "Terra Brasilis" is released.

Jul 09,1980: Vinicius de Moraes passes away.

1981: Wrote the sound track for the movie "Eu the amo" (I love you), directed by Arnaldo Jabor.

1982: Tom is invited by movie producer Luiz Carlos Barreto to create the sound track for the film "Gabriela", directed by Bruno Barreto.

1983: He writes the sound track of the film "Gabriela".

1983: Tom and Chico Buarque create the music for the film "Para Viver Um grande Amor" (How to live a great love), directed by Miguel Faria.

1984: He is invited by the director Marco Altberg to compose the sound track of the film "Fonte de Saudade," based on the novel "Trilogia do Assombro," by Helena Jobim, Tom's sister.

1984: Tom writes the sound track for the film "O Tempo e o Vento," based on a novel by Brazilian writer rico Verssimo

1984: Tom puts together the Nova Banda (New Band), with Paulo Jobim (guitar); Danilo Caymmi (voice and flute); Jacques Morelenbaum (cello); Tio Neto (bass); Paulo Braga (drums), and a choir with Ana Jobim, Elizabeth Jobim, Paula Morelenbaum, Maucha Adnet, and Simone Caymmi.

Mar 29,1985: Tom and the Nova Banda (New Band) play at the Carnegie Hall, in New York.

Jul 18,1985: Tom and the Nova Banda (New Band), play at the opening of the Jazz Festival of Montreux, in Switzerland. A participation of Joo Gilberto in the show had been scheduled, but actually didn't take place. Antonio Carlos Jobim (voc, p), Danilo Caymmi (voc, fl), Paulo Jobim (ac, g, dx7), Tiao Neto (b), Paulinho Braga (dr), Jacques Morelenbaum (cello), Ana Lontra Jobim (back voc), Elizabeth Jobim (back voc), Maucha Adnet (back voc), Paula Morelenbaum (back voc), Simone Caymmi (back voc)

1986: Wrote the sound track for the movie "Brasa Adormecida", directed by Djalma Limonji Batista.

Apr 30,1986: Tom and Ana get married.

1987: The LP "Passarim" is released.

Mar 20,1987: His fourth daughter, Maria Luiza Helena, is born.

May 1987: The recording of the LP for CBPO - Companhia Brasileira de Projetos e Obras - commences.

Nov 17, 1989: Nilza, Tom's mother, passes away.

Sep 07, 1992: Antonio Carlos Jobim plays with the Banda Nova (New Band) at El Auditorio de la Cartuja, in Sevilla, Spain.

Sep 11, 1992: Concert featuring Jobim and his New Band (Nova Banda) at the Mosteiro dos Jernimos, in Lisbon, Portugal.

1993: He appears on a TV special with Milton Nascimento for TV Bandeirantes.

1994: The CD "Antonio Brasileiro" is released.

Discography - 1977 to 1994

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11 - 1977 Miucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim - Vol. 1 (with Miucha)12 - 1979 Miucha & Tom Jobim - Vol 2 (with Miucha)13- 1980 Terra Brasilis14 - 1981 Edu & Tom (with Edu Lobo)15 - 1983 Gabriela16 - 1985 O Tempo e o Vento17 - 1986 Jazzvisions Rio Revisited with Gal Costa18 - 1986  Antonio Carlos Jobim and Friends with Joe Henderson, Shirley Horn, Jon Hendricks, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba19 - 1987  Passarim20 - 1994 Antonio Brasileiro
11 - 1977 Miucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim - Vol. 1 (with Miucha)
11 - 1977 Miucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim - Vol. 1 (with Miucha)
12 - 1979 Miucha & Tom Jobim - Vol 2 (with Miucha)
12 - 1979 Miucha & Tom Jobim - Vol 2 (with Miucha)
13- 1980 Terra Brasilis
13- 1980 Terra Brasilis
14 - 1981 Edu & Tom (with Edu Lobo)
14 - 1981 Edu & Tom (with Edu Lobo)
15 - 1983 Gabriela
15 - 1983 Gabriela
16 - 1985 O Tempo e o Vento
16 - 1985 O Tempo e o Vento
17 - 1986 Jazzvisions Rio Revisited with Gal Costa
17 - 1986 Jazzvisions Rio Revisited with Gal Costa
18 - 1986  Antonio Carlos Jobim and Friends with Joe Henderson, Shirley Horn, Jon Hendricks, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba
18 - 1986 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Friends with Joe Henderson, Shirley Horn, Jon Hendricks, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba
19 - 1987  Passarim
19 - 1987 Passarim
20 - 1994 Antonio Brasileiro
20 - 1994 Antonio Brasileiro

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      lidialbuquerque 3 years ago

      looove Tom Jobim!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love his music. Thank you for putting all the information together.:)

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      Michelle Mafra 6 years ago from Corona CA

      @Board-Game-Brooke: Thank you so much for your angel blessings! You are the best!

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      Blessed!