Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The kids from TJMS and the Girl from Ipanema

We attended last night's THOMAS JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT (while sleet and freezing rain coated the pavements outside with ice -- some spring, eh?).
TEAM ROUTE 1 member ANNIKA did a great job, performing with the school choir and the orchestra (she's a violinist).

The school band and school jazz band also performed, and the first number by the latter was a classic and a genuine family classic.

"THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA" first burst upon the American consciousness in 1964, when ASTRUD GILBERTO sang on the version of the song by STAN GETZ and JOÃO GILBERTO. The pair were accompanied by the song's composer, the pianist ANTÔNIO CARLOS JOBIM.

The song won the 1965 GRAMMY for Record of the Year -- an unimpeachable choice, I think, even in a year when The Beatles won Best New Artist.

"The Girl From Ipanema" has since been covered by artists from every corner of the globe and in nearly every genre.

The Jefferson Middle School Jazz Band had no Astrud or Getz in their ranks, but they a fine rendition nonetheless. Their "Girl From Ipanema" featured a tenor sax solo by Isaac Slagel and a trumpet solo by Patrice Chapman.

Their rendition also put me into the mood for some GETZ/GILBERTO, which I am enjoying as I type this post.