Latin Jazz

Tunes which were either written or influenced by Latino composers, such as Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Nica’s Dream

Nica's Dream was composed by Horace Silver. He wrote the piece for Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a supporter and friend to many jazz musicians in the bebop era. It is important to...

Desafinado

Desafinado is a bossa nova composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1959. The Portuguese word "desafinado" can be translated into English as "out of tune". Newton Mendonca wrote lyrics in Portuguese,...
The-Shadow-of-Your-Smile

The Shadow of Your Smile

The Shadow of Your Smile was written by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. This piece was composed by Mandel for the 1965 film The Sandpiper, and consequently the...

Con Alma

"Con Alma" is a tune written by the great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. This tune fuses Latin American influences and bebop, as Gillespie became well-known for in his career. "Con Alma" is known...
How Insensitive

How Insensitive

How Insensitive or Insensatez in Portuguese is a bossa nova written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. "Insensatez" means "absurdity" or "folly" in Portuguese.  The Portuguese lyrics were written by Vinícius de Moraes and...
Triste

Triste

"Triste" is a bossa nova written by the great Brazilian musician and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Triste which means "sad" in English was included in Jobim's hit 1967 record "Wave". Many famous artists...
Wave - Jazz Standard

Wave

"Wave" is a bossa nova tune written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. It is also called "Vou te Contar" in Portuguese. English lyrics were later written by Frank Sinatra in which he...

Recorda Me

"Recorda Me" is a composition by tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. It is performed as a bossa and is a great tune to know for jam sessions. It is important to include...
The Girl From Ipanema - Jazz Standard

The Girl From Ipanema

"The Girl From Ipanema" is a bossa nova tune written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and became one of the modern worlds popular songs. It was original written for a musical comedy...
Song For My Father - Jazz Standard

Song For My Father

"Song For My Father" is a Bossa Nova style tune written by Horace Silver. It's the title track to his hit 1956 Blue Note record "Song For My Father". This tune...

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