City Paper is not for tourists
Washington, D.C., isn’t the place that comes to mind when you think of bossa nova, the “new thing” birthed in late-’50s Brazil by musicians whose cool detachment was inspired by American West Coast jazz and domestic political disenfranchisement. More likely it’s Ipanema, the Rio beach setting for Tom Jobim’s tune that became the movement’s anthem. When that song was released, the original craze was on its last legsa craze born nearly two years earlier, in 1962, in the nation’s capital when area guitarist Charlie Byrd teamed with saxophonist Stan Getz in a church on Harvard Street NW to record Jazz Samba, their take on the music Byrd had heard on a State Department-sponsored tour of South America. The classically trained Byrd’s trio and classical pops group the Granby Ensemble perform from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Foundry Mall, between 30th & Thomas Jefferson Sts., below M St. NW. Free. (703) 866-6245. (Daniel Searing).