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Being the true jazz lovers we are, we have the modest yet noble intention to bring the people who contact us, into contact with jazz. We try to do this through our music for when you’re on hold.
If you were to call us today, the tune you would hear while your call is being put through, is the song The Girl From Ipanema of Astrud Gilberto. You will find more information about this song listed below.

Astrud Gilberto

Astrud Gilberto, born as Astrud Weinert Evangelina (Salvador (Bahia), March 30, 1940) is a Brazilian born singer of Bossa Nova and Samba music, now naturalized American.
Astrud was one of three daughters of a Brazilian mother and a German father. She was born in Salvador and grew up in Rio de Janeiro. There she met the guitarist and singer-songwriter João Gilberto whom she married. João was also called the father of the Bossa Nova. In the early sixties, they emigrated to the USA and let them naturalize.

Astrud and João had two sons, Marcello Gilberto and Gregory Lasorsa with whom Astrud is since the 90s publishing music under the name Gregmar Productions, Inc. . At the same time she separates from her husband.

Her career as a singer has accidentally started by the song Ipanema on which her untrained, natural, almost sad voice was heard. She continued and delivered contributes to the albums Getz Au Go Go and Getz / Gilberto # 2, a live recording of a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Astrud made between 1965 and 1967 five albums for the label Verve, all well arranged and again produced by Creed Taylor. Her music was Bossa Nova - but closer to pop than jazz.

On her first album, The Astrud Gilberto Album of 1964, it was mainly material from Jobim that was used while mostly Brazilian material (not from Jobim) was recorded. The next two albums The album Beach Samba is a mix of Hollywood, Broadway- and Brazilian songs, and A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness, she worked with the trio of Walter Wanderley.
Astrud also wrote many songs and has given concerts all over the world. In 1992 she received the “Latin Jazz USA Award for Lifetime Achievement” award for her work in music.
Astrud put her musical career down in 2001 and has since been busy painting.


The Girl From Ipanema

In 1963 Stan Getz worked with João Gilberto on the album Getz / Gilberto, on which also Antônio Carlos Jobim occurred. Creed Taylor, the producer, found that one of the songs of Jobim had hit potential, in particular - The Girl From Ipanema. However, the song had to get some English text, in addition to the Portuguese version of João Gilberto. Fortunately there was Astrud, she knew a little bit of the English language but had no experience as a professional singer. Astrud was allowed to sing the song “speak-sing” (parlando) and the result was found to be so good that a 7 “-single - without the voice of João - was published in the USA in 1964, The single sold over a million copies and did better than the album Jazz Samba 1962 (with Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz).



Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes - ah
When she walks, she’s like a samba that swings so cool and sways so
That when she passes, each one she passes goes - aah
Ooh But he watches so sadly, How can he tell her he loves her,
Yes he would give his heart gladly,
but each day when she walks to the sea,
she looks straight ahead not at him,
Tall, and tan, and young, and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, he smiles - but she doesn’t see 

(saxophone solo)

(Ooh) But he sees her so sadly, how can he tell her he loves her
Yes he would give his heart gladly,
But each day, when she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead, not at him
Tall, and tan, and young, and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, he smiles - but she doesn’t see
(She just doesn’t see)x6.

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