"I believe I learned my songs from the birds of the Brazilian rain forest". ~Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (1927-1994), known as Tom Jobim, was responsible for writing dozens of unforgettable bossa nova songs that made their way to the US in the early 60s. I was a teenager lying on my bedroom floor in Mexico City, when I first heard of this composer through his collaboration with Joao Gilberto. Although I didn’t appreciate or understand it at the time, his soft music and lyric spoke directly to my heart.
Little did I know, years later, living in New York City, I would be collaborating with some of the best musicians a girl could ask for. After performing MOSTLY JOBIM live at Feinstein’s at the Lowes Regency, musical director, Frank Ponzio (piano) and I, brought in Vito Lesczak (drums) and Saadi Zain (bass) to collaborate and set some arrangements as we explored his music further. We were fortunate to have Cecilia Tenconi (saxophone and flute) and Sean Harkness (guitar) lend their wonderful musicianship and sensitivity to the material and to our delight, Edson 'Cafe' Aparecido da Silva completed the sound we were seeking with some authentic Brazilian percussion and color.
I am humbled and honored to have worked with such incredible musicians and hope ACJobim is smiling. Thank you for the gift of your music. Your music lives on… ~A.Kozuch