Bossa Nova with Baden Powell & Stephane Grappelli

Bossa Nova

Bossa nova was invented and popularized in the 1950s and 1960s.  It is a fusion of the samba and jazz.  Composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa invented the form and helped to popularize it.

Baden Powell de Aquino (1937-2000)

Baden Powell de Aquino was a Brazilian guitarist and composer.  He was one of the most prominent an popular Brazilian guitarists of his time. Baden Powell de Aquino played a variety of different styles of music including bossa nova, samba, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, and popular Brazilian music.

Stephane Grappelli (1908-1997)

Stephane Grappelli was a French-Italian jazz violinist who co-founded the Quintet of the Hot Club of France with Django Reinhardt in 1934.  Today he is most famous for his collaboration with Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.  Stephane recorded and performed with many well known musicians besides Django Reinhardt including Yehudi Menuhin, Stuff Smith, Jean-Luc Ponty, Andrew Llloyd Weber (cellist), Martin Taylor, Joe Pass, and Oscar Peterson.

Even though Stephane Grappelli is well known today as a jazz violinist, he was also an accomplished jazz pianist.  During the years of world war 2, Grappelli and Reinhardt split up and played with different groups.  During this time Grappelli played a lot of jazz piano.  After world war 2 Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France got back together briefly during the late 1940s and then disbanded.

Here are two recordings of Stephane Grappelli and Baden Powell de Aquino playing a couple of bossa novas from a 1975 recording entitled la grande reunion.  They are entitled Meditacao and Eu Vim Fa bahia.  I hope that you enjoy this music.


Chega de Saudade – Jimmy Rosenberg Trio

The song “Chega de Saudade” (English translation is “No More Blues”) is a bossa nova.  Bossa Novas are a lyrical fusion of the samba and jazz.  Chega is said to be the first recorded bossa nova song.   The song was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the lyrics were written by Vinicius de Moraes.

Jimmy Rosenberg is a Dutch gypsy guitarist.  He is known for his playing of Gypsy Jazz and other similar styles of music.  Here is a recording of Chega de Saudade played by Jimmy Rosenberg (lead guitar) and his trio.  Enjoy.


Luiz Bonfa – Manha de Carnaval – The Rosenberg Trio

Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001)

Luiz Bonfa was a Brazilian guitarist and composer.  He is known for the music he wrote for the film Black Orpheus.  He helped to bring Brazilian music to the world stage.

Here is a composition called Manha de Carnaval.  It is a bossa nova (a lyrical fusion of a samba and jazz).  Bossa novas were developed and popularized in the 1950s and 1960s.   It is played by the Rosenberg Trio (a solo guitar, rhythm guitar, and string bass).  Enjoy!