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Performances Song History

Blue Bossa

Music: Kenny Dorham

Vocals: Instrumental

Original Artist: Joe Henderson

Original Album: Page One (1963)

Debut: 1988-06-24

Historian: Ellis Godard (lemuria)

"Blue Bossa" was written by ‘50s trumpeter Kenny Dorham, but is primarily known from the many versions by ‘60s saxophonist Joe Henderson. Aptly named, it blends melancholy with Latin rhythms. (Bossa nova is Latin-influenced jazz, developed in the 1960s by Stan GetzAstrud Gilberto, and Herbie Mann. Think “Girl from Ipanema”). This danceably rhythmic tune is known to have appeared in only three Phish shows. The debut on 6/24/88 settled in between “Possum” and “Alumni.” On 7/12/88 the song provided a surprise opener to a second set just before “A Train.” The final known appearance on 7/23/88 followed “Satin Doll,” both songs featuring Peter Danforth and Dave Grippo on horns. 

Joe Henderson, “Blue Bossa”

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Joe Henderson was not the original artist of Blue Bossa. Kenny Dorham was the composer and original artist of the tune.
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