' brand new version of “The Girl From Ipanema”, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the song in the US, will be released and celebrated with a concert by the Brazilian jazz quintet Minas on Saturday November 8 at World Cafe Live, in Philadelphia
. “Ipanema” is the first single from Minas’ upcoming CD Symphony in Bossa
, recorded with an entire big band, strings, and many guest artists. The single will also be available on Nov. 8 at minasmusic.com.
At the concert, Minas will pay tribute not only to “The Girl From Ipanema”, but to the album from which it stems—the quintessential Getz/Gilberto. The album and single won several Grammy Awards including Record of the Year in 1965. Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
and Vinicius De Moraes
, Garota de Ipanema, the original title in Portuguese, was first released in Brazil in 1962. It gained immense popularity in 1964 in the US as a single with English lyrics by Norman Gimbel, featuring Stan Getz
, Joao Gilberto
, and Jobim, in the refreshing voice of Astrud Gilberto
. The single went to number one on domestic and international charts and “Ipanema” is one of the most popular and recorded songs in history, translated to dozens of languages worldwide. At the end of the Nov. 8 concert the audience will be invited to sing along with the band in both English and Portuguese. Anyone knowing other versions of the song in another language will be encouraged to share. This finale will be filmed and posted on the Minas page on You Tube.
Minas' version of The Girl From Ipanema," while opening and closing with dreamy and ethereal instrumentals, maintains the essential elements of authentic bossa novas: Portuguese/English, male/female vocals, jazz/samba mix, nylon-string guitar/tenor saxophone vibe, cross stick/wood block beat. Nonetheless it’s presented in a new arrangement in which exciting big band and lush strings interact and counterpoint with vocal melody lines and dialogue with the tenor saxophone solo, played by Philadelphia’s legendary Larry McKenna
Besides The Girl From Ipanema," the Minas Quintet, with Orlando Haddad
(guitar, vocals), Patricia King
(piano, vocals), Jim Stager (bass), Tom Cohen (drums) and special invited guest Andrew Neu
(saxophones and flutes), will perform Jobim classics including Corcovado," Desafinado," Dreamer," Só Danço Samba," O Grande Amor," as featured on Getz/Gilberto
, plus Minas’ originals influenced by the genre.
Ten years in the making, Minas’ new album Symphony in Bossa
, to be released as a full length CD in the spring of 2015, contains bossa nova classics and three Minas originals. The album features more than 50 musicians, including The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, conducted by Terell Stafford
, augmented by a string section and many guest artists, including Brazilians Leonardo Lucini (bass), Adriano Santos (drums), Zé Maurício (percussion), and Philadelphia’s own Larry McKenna, John Swana
and Tony Salicandro. Orchestral arrangements were written by the late Philadelphia arranger and University of the Arts professor Bill Zaccagni (Bobby Ridell, Patti LaBelle), specially for Minas.About Minas
Based in Philadelphia for the last 30 years, Minas has had a consistent impact on the area’s cultural life, not only performing and exposing audiences to the music and culture of Brazil, but making a difference in the area of education. Orlando Haddad taught Brazilian Percussion and Jazz at UArts over 10 years and the program Brazilian Adventure, on the roster of Musicopia, has been presented to over half a million students in public and independent schools. With five CDs to its credit, including three Grammy indications, The Girl from Ipanema" and Symphony in Bossa
will be a very important milestone in Minas’ career.
World Cafe Live, Upstairs
3025 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Saturday November 8, 2015, 8:00pm