A Tribute to Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
For our final performance of the Winter/Spring Series we present a Tribute to Jazz Samba which was the first Bossa Nova recording made in the U.S. by saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd and released by Verve Records in 1962.
Jazz Samba signaled the beginning of the Bossa Nova craze in America. Stan Getz was the featured soloist and the tracks were arranged by Charlie Byrd, who had first heard Bossa Nova during a tour of Brazil in 1961.
Getz and Byrd were accompanied by bassists Keter Betts and Joe Byrd, Charlie Byrd’s brother who also played guitar. They were joined by two drummers: Buddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach. The album was recorded at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 1962 and released in April of that year.
Two songs, “Desafinado” (Off Key or Out of Tune) and “Samba de Uma Nota Só” (One Note Samba) were composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and were released as singles in the U.S. and Europe. Charlie Byrd wrote one song, and the rest were by Brazilian composers.
Stan Getz won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance of 1963 for “Desafinado”, and went on to make many other Bossa Nova recordings, notably with João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto and the popular song “The Girl from Ipanema”.
This tribute will feature saxophonist Bob Rawlings along with Ed Dunsavage on guitar, Joe Cohoon on bass and Chicken Hirsh on drums in the intimate setting of the Old Siskiyou Barn in the hills just outside of Ashland.