Knowledge Base Article: KB3649
Topic: FAQ - Content-Related Questions, Genre, Style, Public Domain, and Soundalike Issues

Title: What's the difference between Bossa Nova and Bossa Nova Jazz and Latin Jazz?

Last Reviewed: Aug 07, 2014

Q.  What's the difference between Bossa Nova and Bossa Nova Jazz?

A.  Bossa Nova is first and foremost a Brazilian music style.  For Bossa Nova itself, there is straight Bossa Nova, and there’s also Bossa Nova Jazz.  Here’s examples of each:

Classic Straight Bossa Nova (sounds almost more like Brazilian Pop):

Bossa Nova Jazz:

This is a fusion of Bossa Nova and Flamenco styles:

This track is halfway between the Bossa Nova and Bossa Nova Jazz because of the jazzy sax:

Latin Jazz is not Bossa Nova because it is generally not originated in Brazil.  It is a combination of Latin music styles plus Jazz styles.  Although Brazil is in Latin America, it has a definitely distinct and separate music culture that originates from Portugal and Africa, whereas Latin music originates generally more from Spanish and Caribbean styles with lesser African influences.


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