Bossa nova

Bossa nova music at your party, wedding or corporate party? Bossa nova is a music style that originated in Brazil, around the 50’s of the 20thcentury from the samba and was influenced by jazz music. Bossa nova actually sounds like jazz, warm and sensual, always calm and never aggressive. Bossa nova became very popular all over the world and received particular attention from American jazz musicians, mainly saxophonists who love this style of music. Saxophonist Stan Getz, who scored huge successes, the greatest with the duo album Getz / Gilberto. Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra made albums that were completely dedicated to Jobim's work. Numerous compositions by Jobim have become standards. The music of the legendary composer is still performed worldwide by various artists. Our Bossa nova and jazz artists are inspired by this beautiful genre and can play your favourite Bossa nova songs. Evenses offer a selection of professional Bossa nova bands and duos you can book.... Read more

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In the footsteps of Joao Gilberto: Bossa Nova History

During the late fifties of the 20th century in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a spark happened. On the many tropical beaches of the Brazilian metropolis, students, artists, and musicians are increasingly coming together, looking for a beautiful, modern, but above all relaxed way to share their shared passion for samba, for the beach, and of course for love: to celebrate yourself. The result? A new, calm form of samba, based on a combination of traditional Brazilian music and rhythms, American jazz, and a new way of writing music, in Portuguese.

Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter Joao Gilberto is generally seen as the founder of the bossa nova, along with the slightly older Antonio Carlos Jobim, better known as Tom Jobim and known in his own country as O Mito (The Legend). The world famous song Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema), like hundreds of other songs, is by Jobim's hand. A more extensive bossanova family soon began to form around these two figures. Songwriter Vinicius de Moraes, from the lyrics of Garota de Ipanema, jazz pianist Sergio Mendes, from the hit Mas Que Nada, and guitarist Roberto Menescal, whose biggest hit O Barquinho are certainly absolute classics in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro was not the only place in Brazil where the bossa nova started to gain popularity in the 1950s, but it was the city that best embodied the feel of the music. The many nightclubs, beach culture, and generally more laidback lifestyle in Rio made the perfect cradle for the bossa nova. One of the legends about the origins of the bossa nova tells us that the genre was "discovered" by an American music industry executive while on vacation and happened to hear a performance by Tom Jobim and Joao Gilberto. The theory that the bossa nova mainly originated because American jazz musicians in Rio started to work together with the local musicians, however, sounds a lot more plausible to us.

Regardless, by the early 1960s, Americans were also increasingly under the spell of the bossa nova. This trend culminated with a grand bossa nova concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Less than two years later, the famous American jazz musician would write probably the most famous bossa nova song ever, The Girl from Ipanema, along with Joao Gilberto, his wife Astrud as the singer, and Tom Jobim on the piano. In short, the biggest names of the bossa nova together on an American song and an entire album. This album, called Getz / Gilberto, eventually hit the US charts for 96 weeks, and the song The Girl from Ipanema quickly became the second most played song in the world, after the Beatles' Yesterday.

Even if you were not or are not really familiar with the genre, it could very well be that you recognize different bossa nova hits, at least by their rhythms. In addition to The Girl from Ipanema, there are, for example, Mas Que Nada, the original 1966 song by Sergio Mendes which he again released very successfully in 2006 in collaboration with The Black Eyes Peas, and Chega de Saudade by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes.

This type of Brazilian jazz does absolutely well at dinners, summer parties and weddings, to name but a few examples. We certainly recommend booking bossanova for the right occasion.

Hire a bossa nova band for your wedding, corporate party or reception

It is possible to book a DJ with our bossa nova band for a swinging end of the evening. You are assured of hiring an excellent formation by reserving a bossa nova band at Evenses, the formation consists of very professional musicians. Our music groups are booked daily for events, festivals and parties. All music groups are selected for their quality, enthusiasm and experience. You want to be sure of a stunning wedding party or staff party? Simply request a no obligation quote or call our office for more information. We are available and would like to help you with looking for the right bossa nova artist for your event.