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Bossa 60

From Italy To Bossa With Love

Say the words "Bossa Nova" and most of us with think 'Brazil', or even better, 'Rio de Janeiro', or better yet, 'Ipanema'. But today,...

The Story Behind ‘Mas Que Nada’

So the 50th Anniversary of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 gave us a magical moment in 2016 and then 2017 stepped up with its...

The Hidden Stories Behind Getz/Gilberto

It’s true: music is often culture’s best ambassador between nations and for Brazil and America, I think that only one album which qualifies to...

Joao Gilberto Falls On Hard Times

Brazil’s nightly TV novelas love to reimagine history, but there’s a sad-but-true soap opera playing out in real time, involving one of Brazil’s legendary...

Roberto Menescal’s Salad Dressing

Rio's Bossa Nova legend was in front of the cameras over the weekend, at Village Porto de Galinhas just south of far northeastermn city...

Firemen, João Gilberto and Columbia University

Anyone who’s closely followed João Gilberto’s career over the decades knows of his proclivity for unpredictable behavior. Stories abound, passing from fact to legend....

The Girl From Ipanema Has Legs, Strikes Gold

Did you know that Bossa Nova’s timeless love song, ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ won a gold medal in music streaming following the opening ceremony...

Every Important Thing That Happened In Brazil In 1958

By all accounts, it was an amazing year. The country’s young, idealistic President was all about ‘change’ and making a break from the past....

The Waters of March: The Story Behind The Song

Spring can be the most fickle of seasons, especially here in Chicago. Some years, we'll be basking in endless days of 80 degree weather,...

Planning Bossa Nova’s 60th Celebration

What is it about Bossa Nova that makes us feel so good? Why does that simple little guitar rhythm free our musical spirit like...