Live from Carnegie Hall: Stan Getz and João Gilberto
Our summer-long Live from Carnegie Hall series of albums that feature artists and music of Latin America continues with the live follow-up to one of the most successful jazz albums of all time by Stan Getz and João Gilberto.
Artist: Stan Getz and João Gilberto
Album: Getz/Gilberto #2
Label: Verve Records
Date Recorded: October 9, 1964
Fun Fact: Although the the musicians performed together on the original Getz/Gilberto album that led to this live performance, Getz/Gilberto #2 featured only separate sets from each headliner.
Stan Getz made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1949 as part of a superstar bill that included the Woody Herman Orchestra, Nat "King" Cole, and Harry Belafonte. (Getz played in the saxophone section of the band, often referred to as Woody Herman's Second Herd.) He was already a Carnegie Hall regular when he joined forces with Brazilian guitarist and whispering vocalist João Gilberto for the live followup to their groundbreaking Getz/Gilberto album released just seven months before their October 1964 concert. Gilberto had made his debut two years previously as part of the now famous Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall concert—in which Getz also starred—that sparked the explosion of bossa nova in the US.
On the night, the two headliners performed separate sets before being joined by Gilberto's then wife, Astrud—whose voice was heard on their big hit from the original album, "The Girl from Ipanema"—for the completion of the Carnegie Hall concert. This joint set was not included on the original release but made it on to later reissues.
Getz—who soon left bossa nova behind—would go on to perform at the Hall more than 20 times throughout the remainder of his life. His final performance took place in June 1990, the year before his death from cancer in 1991. There was a 14-year gap between the 1964 concert with Getz and Gilberto's next concert at the Hall. Now in his early 80s, Gilberto has performed regularly at the Hall since, with his most recent appearance being in 2008.