Obtaining his first guitar at the age of 14 and drawing his inspiration from American Jazz, Brazilian popular music and opera he led a band during his high school years.
During the 50s, Joao Gilberto performed as the lead singer in a vocal quintet the Moon boys in Rio de Janeiro. However, he was removed a year and a half after joining because of lack of discipline.
Afterwards his career hit a low point and he battled with chronic depression. In 1955 he was taken to the southern city of Porte Alegre by the leader of another vocal group Luiz Telles and it is here Joao blossomed.
It was in his sisters bathroom in Diamantina, Minas Gerais that Joao developed the Bossa Nova(“new style”),writing the first ever song of the genre “Bim-Bom”.
Joao Gilberto reacquainted himself with Antonino Carlos Jobim in 1956 and in 1959 Gilberto released a Bossa style of a song by Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes called “Chega de Saudade”. The song became a hit and launched Joao and the genre to stardom.
Joao went on to live in America from 1962-1969 and from there spent two years in Mexico before returning to Brazil in 1980.
Over the years Joao Gilberto has gone on to produce best selling records including the worlds favorite Garota De Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema) , albums and perform to sell out crowds across the Americas ,Europe and Japan.
He now resides in Brazil .
1959 Chega de Saudade(Odeon)
1960 Brazil’s Brilliant( Capital)
1960 O Amor, O Sorriso E A Flor(Odeon)
1961 Joao Gilberto (Odeon)
1962 The Boss of Bossa Nova(Atlantic)
1962 The Leader of the Revolution(Parlophone)
1963 The Warm World of Joao Gilberto(Atlantic)
1968 Serie Brasilia(Barclay)
1973 Joao Gilberto(Polydor)
1973 I Maestri (EMI,Odeon)
1977 Amoroso( Warner Bros.)
1980 Joao Gilberto Prado… De Oliveira (WEA Discos Ltda.)
1988 O Mito(EMI)
1990 Joao( PolyGram)
2000 Joao Voz E Violao(Universal Music, Mercury)
1964 Gilberto & Jobim (with Tom Jobim)(Capitol)
1964 Getz/Gilberto (with Stan Getz)(Verve)
1965 Herbie Mann & Joao Gilberto with Antonio Carlos Jobim(Atlantic)
1966 Getz/Gilberto #2 (with Stan Getz)(Verve)
1975 Brasiliana (with Luiz Bonfa and Tom Jobim)(Verve)
1976 The Best of Two Worlds (with Stan Getz)(Columbia)
1981 Brasil (with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil & Maria Bethania)(Warner Bros.)
1990 Stan Getz Meets Joao & Astrud Gilberto(Giants of Jazz)
1991 Brasil (with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil &Maria Bethania)(Wea)
1992 The Girl from Ipanema (with variuos artistes)( Saludos Amigos)
1993 Stan Getz Featuring Joao & Astrud Gilberto(Jazz Portraits)
1970 Joao Gilberto En Mexico( Orfeon)
1986 Live at The 19th Montruex Jazz Festival(Warner Bros. Records)
2004 Joao Gilbero in Tokyo( Universal, Edge Music)