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Jacob do Bandolim

Jacob do Bandolim born Jacob Pick Bittencourt (December 14, 1918[1] August 13, 1969[1] ) was a Brazilian
composer and musician. Born to a Brazilian-Jewish
mother and a gentile father in Rio de Janeiro,[1] his stage
name means "Mandolin Jacob, after the instrument he

biography, music, and pictures (including the only

known lm - a 35 second TV interview). This site is
in Portuguese.

A perfectionist, Jacob was able to achieve from his band

poca de Ouro the highest levels of quality. Jacob hated
the stereotype of the dishevelled, drunk folk musician
and required commitment and impeccable dress from his
musicians who, like himself, all held day jobs. Jacob
worked as a pharmacist, insurance salesman, street vendor, and nally notary public, to support himself while
also working full time as a musician.
In addition to his virtuoso playing, he is famous for
his many choro compositions, more than 103 tunes,[2]
which range from the lyrical melodies of "Noites Cariocas" ("Carioca Nights), Receita de Samba and "Dce
de Coco" to the aggressively jazzy "Assanhado", which is
reminiscent of bebop. He also researched and attempted
to preserve the older choro tradition, as well as that of
other Brazilian music styles.
He died of a heart attack, when coming back from spending the day with Pixinguinha, planning a recording project
to benet his friend. His son Srgio Bittencourt (1941
- 1979) was also a musician and composed the hit song
Naquela Mesa as a tribute to his father.
Jacob had 2 mandolins, which he called number one
and number two. After his death they were kept in
storage until 2002, when they received minor restoration.
Now under the care of Instituto Jacob do Bandolim, they
have been used in a few recordings again.


[1] Johnson, Dexter; Grisman, Pamela (1991). About Jacob. Mandolin Master of Brazil: Original Classic Recordings, Vol. I (CD liner). Jacob do Bandolim. San Rafael,
California: Acoustic Disc.
[2] Choro: a social history of a Brazilian popular music.
Tamara Elena Livingston-Isenhour and Thomas George
Caracas Garcia. Indiana University Press, 2005, pp. 122

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