Bossa Nova and its influence on guitarist Charlie Byrd on display at Strathmore

A goodwill State Department trip to South America in 1961 made Charlie Byrd pay attention to the smooth sounds taking over Brazil. He brought them back, shared them with saxophonist Stan Getz and together they recorded an album in D.C. (near Mount Pleasant) that shook the musical world. The Music Center at Strathmore marks the influence of that album 52 years later with its “Jazz Samba Project.” Here’s how it added up.

12

Number of weeks the Charlie Byrd Trio spent on its 1961 State Department tour of South and Central America in 1961.

18

Charlie Byrd, bandleader of the Charlie Byrd Trio, the band that is largely credited with exposing American audiences to bossa nova music, leading to the commercial success of the genre and its influence on pop and jazz. Felix Grant was a radio broadcaster and early fan of bossa nova music, who was instrumental in pushing the sound out over the airwaves in D.C. and beyond. (Courtesy Felix E. Grant Archives at the University of the District of Columbia)

Number of countries visited by the trio on the tour.

2/4

Time signature of most sambas in Brazil.

7

Number of selections on the MGM/Verve album “Jazz Samba” by tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd.

2

Number of songs on “Jazz Samba” co-written by Antonio Carlos Jobim — “Desafinado” and “Samba de Uma Nota Só.”

6:49

Length of longest cut on “Jazz Samba”: “Baia,” one of two songs on the album written by Ary Barroso.

1500

Address on Harvard Street NW where All Souls Unitarian Church is located — the site for the recording of “Jazz Samba” Feb. 13, 1962.

0

Number in the audience for their performance.

$50

Cost of renting the church’s Pierce Hall for one night. The album might have been recorded at the Jewish Community Center, down 16th Street at Q Street NW, except for the noise from the bus stop out front.

3

Number of hours it took to record “Jazz Samba” in the church, according to drummer Buddy Deppenschmidt, the last surviving member of the Charlie Byrd Trio.

2

Number of months between the recording and release of “Jazz Samba” on April 20, 1962.

15

Highest position obtained by the single “Desafinado” on the Billboard pop charts in 1962.

24

Number of other “notable recordings” of “Desafinado” listed by Wikipedia, from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to Kenny G and Seth MacFarlane (in “Family Guy: Live in Vegas.”)

1

Rank of “Jazz Samba” on the Billboard album charts, a rarity for any jazz album.

70

Number of weeks the “Jazz Samba” album stayed on the charts, igniting the bossa nova craze in the U.S.

21

Number of top Brazilian artists performing in a 1962 Lisner Auditorium concert, a companion show to one staged at Carnegie Hall, considered the most significant exposure for bossa nova music in the U.S. at the time.

55

Number of years that bossa nova has been a commercially-recognized musical genre.

200

Items in the “Bringing Bossa Nova to the United States” exhibit at the Strathmore Mansion Saturday through June 15, from the collection of longtime D.C. broadcaster and Brazilian music enthusiast Felix E. Grant.

Over 500,000

Items in the Felix E. Grant Archives at the University of the District of Columbia, from which the photographs, concert programs, awards and interviews were selected for the exhibit.

More than 20

Number of concerts, events, exhibitions, lectures and family activities held in conjunction with the Strathmore’s “Jazz Samba Project,” from a concert by the Ron Kearns Quartet with Michael Thomas Friday] to the world premiere of the documentary “Bossa Nova: The Brazilian Music That Charmed the World” June 2.

35

Number of albums recorded by Sergio Mendes, the onetime Brasil ’66 leader, who appears in concert with Eliane Elias at the Music Center at Strathmore June 6.

Jazz Samba Project

A two-week festival at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md., with concerts, exhibits, and lectures, starting Friday. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

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