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Theme for August – The Bossa Nova

This will be held on Sunday 2nd August 2015

The address is Crossways (upstairs) at 6 Roxburgh Street, Mt Victoria.

The meeting will start at 4.15pm and finish at 6.30 pm.

Please note this is back to normal time and first Sunday of mont

Fabiola Stevenson – vocals , Julie Bevan – guitar and Mike Wespel-Rose guitar and a percussion player, will perform 6 pieces from the Brazilian Bossa Nova Repetoire. The piec es will be:

  1. How Insensitive – Jobim
  2. The girl from Ipanaema – Jobim
  3. Black Orpheus – Luiz Bonfá
  4. Wave – Jobim
  5. Desafinado – Jobim
  6. Quiet Nights – Jobim


This will be approximately 40 minutes.

As is normal in this style, for each piece there is a short (4 or 8 bar) intro, then the singer sings a verse, then the instrumentalists take an improvised (or somewhat pre-prepared ) solo. Then the singer sings another verse and finally there is an outro.

Tom Jobim

Personal life

Jobim was married to Thereza Otero Hermanny on October 15, 1949 and had two children with her: Paulo Jobim (born 1950), an architect and musician, married and father of Daniel Jobim (born 1973) and Dora Jobim (born 1976); and Elizabeth “Beth” Jobim (born 1957), a painter. Jobim and Thereza divorced in 1978. On April 30, 1986 he married 29-year-old photographer Ana Beatriz Lontra, with whom he had two more children: João Francisco Jobim (1979–1998) and Maria Luiza Helena Jobim (born 1987). Daniel, Paulo’s son, Tom’s grandson; followed his grandfather to become a pianist and composer.[5]


Jobim is widely regarded as one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century. Many of Jobim’s songs are jazz standards. American jazz singers Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra prominently featured Jobim’s songs on their albums Ella Abraça Jobim (1981), and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967), respectively. The 1996 CD Wave: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook included performances of Jobim tunes by Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Toots Thielemans. Jobim was an innovator in the use of sophisticated harmonic structures in popular song. Some of his melodic twists, like the melody insisting on the major seventh of the chord, became common use in jazz after him.[9] The Brazilian collaborators and interpreters of Jobim’s music include Vinícius de Moraes, João Gilberto (often credited as a co-creator of bossa nova), Chico Buarque, Gal Costa, Elis Regina, Sérgio Mendes, Astrud Gilberto, and Flora Purim. Eumir Deodato and the conductor/composer Claus Ogerman arranged many recordings of Jobim tunes.[10] He won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012.[11] As a posthumous homage, on January 5, 1999, the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro changed the name of Rio’s Galeão International Airport, located on Governador Island, to bear the composer’s name. Galeão Airport is explicitly mentioned in his composition “Samba do Avião.” In 2014, Jobim was posthumously inducted to the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame


Other things happening at this months  meeting…

Naturally we will start with our guitar ensemble. The pieces we will play this month will be


LA Tramontana

The three Pretorius pieces (Courante, Ballet, La Bouree)

And also the Bach Mussette.


Please decide which part you will be playing and stick with that for all pieces and throughout the year. This will really help the ensemble develop.


If you do not have a copy yet of the ensemble pieces, fear not – you can share at the meeting.


Any one else who has something to play would be very welcome.

It would be great to hear more playing from others.

So I encourage you. In this short life. Take a risk. Play a piece at guitar society.


It could be a future or previous exam piece for example. Or just something you have been working on recently.

See you there this coming Sunday for more enjoyable guitar playing and listening.

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