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Sylvia Telles (1934 – 1966) made her recording debut in 1957- a record that featured Antonio Carlos Jobim as arranger and conductor on two tracks. Sylvia would later record a great number of Jobim compositions.
She appeared at Faculdade de Arquitetura (May 21st 1960), which was the first Bossa Nova festival. This is another early example of the marriage of Bossa Nova to US jazz, featuring the great Barney Kessel on guitar and Calvin Jackson on piano.

Sylvia Telles tragically died in a car crash in December 1966, aged just 32.


It’s only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of oversmoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate- Julie London, Life Magazine,1957.
Another departure from the bossa genre, but a record which is often referred to as having influenced the style. Julie Is Her Name was the first LP by Julie London, released in December, 1955. The album, one of the coolest, most laid back recordings you will ever hear featured Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass.
Sometimes less is more, and the sparse style enhances the mood of the songs.
This is dedicated to the beautiful Mrs. Kartoshka- thanks for a lovely vacation…