Daniel Jobim grew up listening to his grandfather compose bossa nova songs on the piano. His grandfather was Antonio "Tom" Carlos Jobim, the Brazilian bossa nova musician who wrote "The Girl From Ipanema" more than 50 years ago.
When Daniel Jobim performs in concerts across the world, he often meets people who don't know how to find Brazil on a map but have heard of "The Girl From Ipanema."
"The song carries the image of the country to the strangest places possible," he says. "I think bossa nova goes beyond Brazilian music. … It's a universal type of music."
He's bringing some of that bossa nova to South Florida with "A Twist of Jobim: A Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim," set to take place Friday at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. Jobim will play his grandfather's songs alongside guitarist Lee Ritenour, pianist Dave Grusin, Brazilian percussionist Paulinho da Costa and Brazilian singer and songwriter Céu.
"I've known Daniel since he was very young, and it is also amazing to me that the family spirit lives on through all the Jobims," Ritenour says. "He has an uncanny ability to re-create his grandfather's music as if he was channeling Tom."
For Jobim, the music comes naturally. When he started learning the piano, he only played his grandfather's songs.
"Until one day, he came to me and said, 'You know that there are other composers out there?'" Jobim recalls. "Then, he gave me a book of Chopin."
Jobim's passion lies with bossa nova, and he hopes to share some of that passion with the audience in Miami.
"This band is a dream," he says. "I think it's going to be unforgettable. … This mix of great musicians of different styles reinventing the music is very special."
"A Twist of Jobim" will begin 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., in Miami. Tickets cost $55-$150. Call 305-949-6722 or go to ArshtCenter.org.
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