• João Gilberto at Carnegie Hall

    June 28, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Last Sunday, a "legend's legend," as described in the JVC Jazz Festival - New York program guide, performed at Carnegie Hall. João Gilberto, who turned 77 a few weeks ago, made his only US appearance this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bossa nova. Remarkably, the concert transpired with no snags or disturbances (Joao is also a legend for both his on and off-stage behavior). The music was, as expected, transcendent. He subtlety plucked the guitar in his signature fashion while whispering timeless samba melodies (see full set list below). I'm not even sure that he looked at the audience once, which unusually added to the concert's intimacy. Every seat in the hall was filled, yet it seemed like you were alone with João every moment.

    If you missed the broadcast of "50 Years of the Beat: A Celebration of Bossa Nova," click here:

    Click here for "50 Years of the Beat" web page.

    Hour One

    Hour Two

    Click here for WBGO's NPR feature on bossa nova's top tunes.

    Click here to learn more about João Gilberto's original bossa nova recordings.

    The Carnegie Hall Set list (songs Joao played, but not in order)

    1. Bahia com H - Denis Brian
    2. Coisa mais Linda
    3. Corcovado
    4. Estate
    5. To fazendo um ano meio
    6. Chega de Saudades
    7. Desafinado
    8. Brigas nunca meis
    9. Clima Quente
    10. Morena Boca de Ouro
    11. De Conversa Em Conversa
    12. O Pato
    13. Dora Lice
    14. Nota So
    15. Wave
    16. Samba do Aviao
    17. Ligia
    18. Voce ja foi a Bahia
    19. Rosa Morena
    20. Caminhos Cruzadas
    21. Aos tes da Cruz

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