Wednesday Jazz Classic: Everyone is no doubt posting and sharing “The Girl from Ipanema,” the iconic bossa hit, as they remember the singer, Astrud Gilberto, who passed away yesterday at 83. However, just for something different, here is the jazz/bossa classic “Corcovado (“Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”) released from the same groundbreaking album “Getz/Gilberto”, released in March 1964. Artists Stan Getz · João Gilberto · Astrud Gilberto · Antonio Carlos Jobim (also the song’s composer) all playing and singing here on “Corcovado.”

The album “Getz/Gilberto” is on all the lists of most important albums of all time, with multiple grammy wins and global acclaim at the time launching attention to bossa everywhere and certainly, Astrud Gilberto’s career.

For more on this iconic Bossa album:

Track listing

1.The Girl from IpanemaAntônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel5:21
2.“Doralice”Antônio Almeida, Dorival Caymmi2:47
3.“Para Machucar Meu Coração”Ary Barroso5:07
4.“Desafinado”Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça4:09
1.Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gene Lees4:17
2.“Só Danço Samba”Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes3:42
3.“O Grande Amor”Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes5:27
4.“Vivo Sonhando”Antônio Carlos Jobim2:56
Total length:33:46
9.“The Girl from Ipanema” (45 rpm version)2:54
10.“Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)” (45 rpm version)2:20
Total length:39:00


  • Stan Getz – tenor saxophone
  • João Gilberto – guitar, vocals
  • Antônio Carlos Jobim – piano
  • Sebastião Neto – double bass
  • Milton Banana – drums, pandeiro
  • Astrud Gilberto – vocals on “The Girl from Ipanema”, “Corcovado”, “The Girl from Ipanema” (45 rpm issue) and “Corcovado” (45 rpm issue)

For more on iconic Bossa artist, Astrud Gilberto:

New York Times article gifted to you: Astrud Gilberto, 83, Dies; Shot to Fame With ‘The Girl From Ipanema’

More of our Wednesday Jazz Classics:

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Wednesday Jazz Classics shared this eclectic group of jazz, soul, blues, and R & B performers! Queen Latifa, Art Tatum, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Trio in Sept 2022! Click the links to hear the music on YouTube!

  • “I’m Gonna Live Until I Die” Queen Latifah 11/2/22
    • Songwriters: Mann Curtis, Walter Kent, Al Hoffman
    • From “Trav’lin’ Light” Released on: 2007-09-25
  • “Moonglow” Art Tatum recorded October 1934 11/9/22
    • Songwriters: Will Hudson, Irving Mills
    • Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces Vol. 1 song, released 1955 
  • “Here’s to the Band” Frank Sinatra 11/16/22
    • Songwriters: Sharman Howe, Alfred Nittoli, Artie Schroeck
    • Here’s To The Band (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984), The Reprise Collection (1990), The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings (1995), Sinatra Saga, Vol. 2 (1994)
  • “Georgia” Ray Charles at Montreux 1997 11/23/22
    • Songwriters: Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
    • Ray Charles, vocals and piano, orchestra, led by sax player Al Jackson,  The Raelettes.
  • “A Child is Born” Tony Bennett and Bill Evans 11/30/22
    • Songwriters: Thad Jones, Alec Wilder
    • “Together Again, Released on: 1977-01-01
    • Tony Bennett, vocals, Bill Evans, piano,
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Wednesday Jazz Classics shared classic Latin jazz guitar with a lost concert from greats, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia , John McLaughlin, as well as a well-known TV theme made popular by Sarah Vaughan, and remembered Isaak Hayes in South Lake Tahoe, live, and a Halloween-themed hit by Frank Sinatra—all in Oct 2022!

  • “Tres Hermanos” Jazz Fusion Latin Guitar Trio  10/5/22
  • “(Bye Bye) Theme from ‘Peter Gunn’” Sarah Vaughan 10/12/22
    • Composer: Henri Mancini Lyricists: Jay Livingston and Ray Evans 
    • Song with lyrics, first recorded in 1965 by Sarah Vaughan for Sarah Vaughan Sings the Mancini Songbook.
    • Producer: Quincy Jones
    • Associated  Performer, Recording  Arranger, Conductor: Bill Holman
  • Ain’t No Sunshine” Isaac Hayes, from “Live at the Sahara Tahoe” released 1973 10/19/22
    • Songwriter: Bill Withers
    • Recorded live on November 26, 1972
  • “Old Black Magic” Frank Sinatra 10/26/22
    • Songwriters: Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
    • “Come Swing With Me!”  1999 Capitol Records, LLC Released on: 1961-08-01
    • Billy May Orchestra
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    Wednesday Jazz Classics shared Sarah Vaughan, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Chet Baker, and Bill Evans Trio in Sept 2022! Click the links to hear the music on YouTube!

    • “Misty” Sarah Vaughan 9/7/2022
      • Songwriters: Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner.
      • Kirk Stuart, piano, Charles “Buster” Williams, bass, and Georges Hughes, drums.  
      • Recorded in Sweden, 1964.  (Mercury Records)
    • “Summer Breeze” Ramsey Lewis Trio 1973  9/14/2022
      • Songwriters: Jim Seals, Dash Crofts 
      • Ramsey Lewis, electric piano, Morris Jennings drums, Cleveland Eaton bass,
      • Ramsey Lewis Trio 1973 from a German TV program performance 
    • “Autumn Leaves” Chet Baker 9/21/2022 
      • Songwriters Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert, Joseph Kosma“
      • Bob James, piano, Steve Gadd, drums
      • “This Is Jazz #2” ℗ 1974 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
    • “Stairway to the Stars” Bill Evans Trio 1962  9/28/22
      • Songwriters: Matty Malneck and Frank Signorelli, Mitchell Parish
      • Bill Evans, piano, Scott LaFaro, bass, Paul Molian, drums

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    Wednesday Jazz Classics shared Johnny O’Neal, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Michel Legrand with Stephane Grapelli in Aug 2022! Click the link to hear on YouTube!

    • Oh Lady Be Good” Charlie Parker 8/3/22
      • Oh, Lady, Be Good! (Live At Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles / 1946) · Charlie Parker · Lester Young
      • “Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker”  ℗ A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc. Released on: 1990-10-25
      • Trumpet: Al Killian, Howard McGhee
      • Saxophone: Willie Smith, Lester Young
      • Piano: Arnold Ross
      • Double  Bass: Billy Hadnott
      • Drums: Lee Young
      • Song written by Ira and George Gershwin
    • “How High the Moon” Stephane Grapelli and Michel Legrand in London 8/10/22
      • Stephan Grappelli – Violin
      • Michel Legrand – Piano
      • Recorded – Royal Festival Hall, London, on 7th November 1984
    • With You I’m Born Again” Johnny O’Neal,
      • Songwriters: Carol Connors / David Shire 8/17/22
      • Live At Smalls / Record live at Smalls Jazz Club, New York, June 16, 2013.
        • Johnny O’Neal (p)
        • Paul Sikivie (b)
        • Charles Goold (ds)
    • “A Night in Tunisia” Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker 8/24/2022
      • Song Written by Frank Paparelli, Dizzy Gillespie
      • Instrumental First recorded on September 29, 1947
      • Released: “Diz ‘n’ Bird in Concert“ Album 1959

    “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”

    It’s Wednesday! Your classic jazz groove for this week! Queen Ella and the Duke at the Cote d’Azur (Live at the Riviera)! Duke Ellington and Ella Fitgerald recorded live at the Jazz à Juan festival at Juan-les-Pins, on the French Riviera, between June 26 and July 29, 1966. Duke Ellington’s orchestra with one of Ella’s most brilliant scats! This song—and whole album—reminds you of why you love live music!

    Check back every Wednesday for a new recommendation from Susan or Matt on a classic performance from jazz greats! You can also check for the video links on our Facebook page, so follow us there or search through our posts for past selections.

    Previous selections

    “Blue in Green” Miles Davis & Bill Evans

    Classic Wednesday Jazz—when you feel “Blue in Green”; posted on FB July 20, 2022

    Most people agree now that the song was written by Bill Evans. (Some controversy there, because Davis continued to say he wrote it.)

    • Miles Davis – trumpet
    • John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
    • Bill Evans – piano
    • Paul Chambers – double bass
    • Jimmy Cobb – drums

    “Blue in Green”

    “In a Sentamental Mood” John Coltrane & Duke Ellington

    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – “In a Sentimental Mood” for the July 13, 2022 Wednesday Jazz Classic! Song composed by Ellington (piano), brought into modern jazz by Coltrane (tenor sax).

    “In a Sentimental Mood”

    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane released in January 1963 on Impulse! Records. Ellington’s song had been a standard hit in his performances but this collaboration brought Ellington into a modern jazz quartet performing standards and some new songs outside of his typical big band framework.

    Here is this week’s Wednesday jazz classic! “I’ll See You in My Dreams” performed by Django Reinhardt, virtuoso guitarist in the “jazz manouche” vein. See this Wikipedia article for a deeper dive into Django Reinhardt and his music. Check back every Wednesday for a new recommendation from Susan or Matt on a classic performance from jazz greats! You can also check for the video links on our Facebook page, so follow us there! 

    Ooh, Wednesday! Time for another classic jazz performance! Sarah Vaughan sings “Lullaby of Birdland.” While you are here, sign up for our Just a Touch of Jazz Insider’s emails to keep up with our music! Stay tuned for these posts for the weekly jazz classic sent right to your door, plus updates on our music, from Just a Touch of Jazz!

    “Lullaby of Birdland” Composed by George Shearing, lyrics by George David Weiss
    ℗ A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc. Released on: 1954-12-01

    Check back every Wednesday for a new recommendation from Susan or Matt on a classic performance from jazz greats! You can also check for the video links on our Facebook page, so follow us there! 

    Did you know we have a Facebook page? We’ve recently started sharing a weekly jazz song there every Wednesday. Check out our FB page and follow us to hear a recommendation from Susan or Matt on a classic Jazz performance we want to share!

    For those who can’t see the most recent song on Facebook, here is a YouTube link for the beautiful “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,” by Billy Strayhorn, one of Matt’s piano and compositional influences. You can find the song on YouTube here:

    “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” Billy Strayhorn

    Stay tuned each Wednesday for a classic jazz performance recommended by Susan & Matt!

    Previous selections:

    “Armando’s Rhumba” Eliane Elias & Chick Corea

    Jazz pianists Eliane Elias and Chick Corea perform “Armando’s Rhumba” from Eliane’s Grammy-winning album MIRROR MIRROR, recorded soon before Corea’s death.

    “West End Blues” Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

    Click button to hear “West End Blues” on YouTube

    Provided to YouTube by Columbia/Legacy West End Blues · Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five The Essential Louis Armstrong ℗ Originally released 1928. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Released on: 1979-12-28 Producer: Unknown Trumpet, Vocal: Louis Armstrong Composer, Lyricist: Clarence Williams Banjo: Mancy Carr Composer, Lyricist: J. Oliver Drums: Zutty Singleton Piano: Earl Hines Clarinet: Jimmy Strong Trombone: Fred Robinson

    Our Facebook page will be posting a YouTube gem from the jazz & blues archive every Wednesday. The first song to drop on our page is “West End Blues” by Louis Armstrong & the Hot Five, featuring Earl Hines (piano), Jimmy Strong (clarinet), Fred Robinson (trombone), Mancy Carr (banjo), and Zutty Singleton (hand cymbals). CD audio source, issued on 78rpm: OKeh 8597 & other labels – West End Blues (Oliver) by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, scat vocal by Louis Armstrong, recorded in Chicago June 28, 1928,

    Listen for Armstrong’s opening solo improv, his high note that extends for four measures in the chorus, his less than scratchy and more youthful vocal scatting, and the free and lovely piano playing of pianist Earl Hines, among other things.

    Look for a monthly summary of our Wednesday Jazz Classics posted here!