Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (aka Tom Jobim or Antonio Carlos Jobim -1927-1994) was a giant of Brazilian music who has been hailed as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. He was central to bringing Brazilian music to a global audience and many of his compositions have become jazz standards. His works are almost ubiquitous- it seems that his name appears somewhere in the credits of just about any bossa nova or easy listening LP that you pick up! Of course, I’m exaggerating here, but the worldwide popularity of what is now instantly recognizable as Brazilian music owes a great deal to the canon of this remarkable gentleman.
By the way- if you’re off to Rio for the World Cup (2014) or the Olympic Games (2016) you will notice that The Rio de Janeiro international airport is named in his honour.