One in this series of news programs that analyzes in-depth the major events of the week. This program examines the phenomenal popularity of the musical genre called "bossa nova," a Brazilian creation that mixes indigenous Samba rhythms with "cool" jazz imported from the West Coast of the USA, resulting in a subtle and restrained yet romantic sound enamored of young American tastemakers. The bossa nova craze extends from college fraternity parties to the White House, where Jacqueline Kennedy is seen listening appreciatively to a concert by the Paul Winter Sextet. Eminent bossa nova musician Antonio Carlos Jobim performs a duet with jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan (here playing clarinet) on Jobim's "One Note Samba"; Mulligan comically struggles with the deceptively difficult phrasing of the style. Jobim and Mulligan discuss bossa nova's cool allure and their dismay at the commercializtion of the music. Disc jockey Murray the K (Murray Kaufman) registers his belief that the trend will die due to the lack of an accompanying dance step; dance instructor Arthur Murray tries to remedy the situation with bossa nova dance classes (the awkward students seem to share Mulligan's difficulty with the intricate rhythm). This program also includes performance footage of the following bossa nova acts: guitarist/singer Joao Gilberto; the Stan Getz Quartet; the Luis Carlos Trio; and the Oscar Castro Neves Quartet. Includes commercials.

Cataloging of this program was made possible by the CBS Foundation, 1998.


  • DATE: December 28, 1962 Friday 10:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:29:10
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T:25803
  • GENRE: News
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Bossa nova (Music)
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1960-1963
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Chesterfield cigarettes^TV - Commercials - Anacin pain reliever^TV - Commercials - Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup


  • Leslie Midgley … Executive Producer
  • John Sharnik … Producer
  • Bernard Birnbaum … Associate Producer
  • Philip Scheffler … Associate Producer
  • Russ Bensley … Director
  • Harry Kramer … Announcer
  • Charles Collingwood … Anchor
  • Charles Kuralt … Reporter
  • Philip Scheffler … Reporter
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim … Guest, Performer, Instrumentalist, Pianist, Singer
  • Gerry Mulligan … Guest, Performer, Instrumentalist, Clarinetist
  • Murray "the K" (See also: Murray Kaufman) … Guest
  • Joao Gilberto
  • Jacqueline Kennedy
  • The Luis Carlos Trio
  • Arthur Murray
  • The Oscar Castro Neves Quartet
  • The Paul Winter Sextet
  • The Stan Getz Quartet
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