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Great American Songbook Tribute at Nextia Restaurant

By Joanne Janning

This month’s Great American Songbook tribute at Nextia Restaurant will feature two outstanding composers of the 20th century: Jimmy Van Heusen and Antonio Carlos Jobim. These songwriters are the favorites of many jazz musicians. Ask any of them for their favorite song, and most likely the song that is mentioned was composed by one of these two composers.

Jimmy Van Heusen (1913-1990) started writing songs in the 1930s and had his first big hit, “Darn That Dream,” in 1939. That same year, he teamed up with lyricist Johnny Burke, and their collaboration fostered most of his most famous compositions, such as “But Beautiful,” “It Could Happen To You,” and “Imagination.” After Burke’s health started failing, Van Heusen teamed up with Sammy Cahn, and together they won many Oscars in the Best Song Category. They were also known for writing songs for Frank Sinatra. In fact, Van Heusen wrote 85 more songs that were recorded by Frank Sinatra, his longtime friend, than any other composer.

Antonio Carlos Jobim, called “Tom” by his friends, lived from 1927 to 1994. Jobim is the artist who internationalized bossa nova and with the help of important American artists, merged it with jazz and standardized in the 1960s a new sound that had remarkable success. In 1965, he composed many of the songs on the seminal album Getz/Gilberto, by Stan Getz and João Gilberto, which was the first jazz album to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It also won for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual, or Group, and for Best Engineered Album, non-classical. His composition, “The Girl from Ipanema” also won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965 and is one of the most recorded songs of all times. It is difficult to find a set played by jazz musicians these days that does not include a Jobim tune.

On Sunday, March 25, Joan Yonkler, Antonio Lozoya, and Patricio Peña will pay tribute to these two great composers. Come join them at Nextia Restaurant from 1–4pm for a terrific Sunday comida. This is the last Sunday jazz comida for the season and one you won’t want to miss.

Reservations are highly recommended. The last monthly Sunday jazz comidas were completely sold out.



Great American Songbook tribute

By Joan Yonkler, Antonio Lozoya, and Patricio Peña

Sun, Mar 25, 1-4pm

Nextia Restaurant

Nemesio Diez 10

415 121 556

Reservations are highly recommended




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