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50 Years Ago Today: "Jazz Samba" Kickstarts the Bossa Nova Craze

Apr 20, 2012

Verve released Jazz Samba, a collaboration between saxophonsit Stan Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd fifty years ago today. Jazz Samba was the first major bossa-nova album on the American jazz scene, and the real start of the bossa-nova excitement in America, which peaked in the mid-1960s.

They were joined by two bassists (Keter Betts and Charlie's brother, Gene (Joe) Byrd), and two drummers (Buddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach) for the recording, which took place at All Souls Church (Unitarian) in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 1962, Getz won the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance of 1963 for the track "Desafinado", and went on to make many other bossa-nova recordings, most notably with João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, and most famously of course, the standard "The Girl From Ipanema".