Brazil's Bossa Nova music swept the US and much of the world in the 1960s. Singers, small groups and big bands embraced the subtle and lyrical songs of A.C.Jobim, Luiz Bonfa and other Brazilian composers who blended samba rhythms and West Coast cool jazz. Stan Getz and many other American jazz artists embraced the music, often recording with Brazilian musicians for added authenticity and their records were heard often on radio around the world. Quincy Jones had a popular album titled Big Band Bossa Nova in 1962 which provided the inspiration for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's last pair of concerts of the 21st season.
Highlights from the SRJO's Big Band Bossa Nova concert will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, July 3 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU. The concert was recorded at the Kirkland Performance Center on June 19 and produced for radio by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and streams at kplu.org. After broadcast, programs may be streamed at jazznw.org. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. This performance was the concluding concert of the SRJO's 21st season.