In 1962, Jones released the album Big Band Bossa Nova, which opens with his song “Soul Bossa Nova.” The groovy track would later be adopted as the theme song for the Austin Powers movies.
On QuincyJones.com, the 82-year-old music legend explains how he was in Buenos Aires with Dizzy Gillespie’s USO touring band when he met the young Lalo Schifrin, the Argentine pianist and composer who would later write the theme for Mission:Impossible.
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“He told us once you get to Brazil you’re going to see some new music that they’re experimenting with,” Jones recalls in a text on the site. “They call it New Wave, which is what Bossa Nova means in Portuguese. In the beginning they called it jazz and samba.”
Jones describes an afternoon in Rio: “On Copacabana beach, Dizzy asked me to go to the Gloria Hotel,” he remembers. “Dizzy sat in with the house band, a Samba band playing bebop. In the front seats in the audience were Astrud and Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. They were very young.”
Jones included songs by Jobim and Sergio Mendes on Big Band Bossa Nova, and recruited Schifrin, as well as jazz masters like Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who plays the familiar flute solo on “Soul Bossa Nova.” Phil Ramone was the recording engineer on the album.
The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Musa Awards Ceremony takes place on Oct. 15 at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. Emilio Estefan, Gustavo Santaolalla and other songwriters will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the show.