Grammy Nominated Vocals
Performing with Ms. Gambarini is a who’s who cast of legendary and modern, seasoned All-Stars including on this run:
Jimmy Cobb – Drums (the only living member of Miles Davis’ Quintet on the hallmark jazz recording, “Kind of Blue”)
Ray Drummond – Bass (Art Farmer, Benny Golson)
Sullivan Fortner – Piano (Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove)
Justin Robinson – Sax (Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Scott, Diana Ross)
Check out this great interview from the last time Roberta was in town to learn more about this growing artist!
A native Italian, Gambarini has been turning heads since her 1998 move to Boston and concurrent third-place finish in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition. A vocal virtuoso, she has incredible technique and a warm tone, owing to her instrumental approach. Her first domestic release, Easy to Love, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2006.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Roberta Gambarini brings her pristine voice, impeccable diction and pitch, scatting smarts and personal charm to the Dakota…”
– Pamela Espeland, 0ct 10, 2008
“Roberta Gambarini is a spectacularly talented jazz singer who is regularly compared favorably with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae. No less than iconic jazz pianist Hank Jones … declared her the best new singer in 60 years.” - City Pages A-List, 2/3/2010 [entire piece]
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“Gambarini is a true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae” – Kevin Lowenthal, Boston Globe
“Even Gershwin would have enjoyed her passionate reworking of ‘Porgy, I’s Your Woman Now/I Loves You Porgy.'” - Amazon editorial review
“Finally a singer whom musicians have long known is one of the greats, Roberta’s recording debut is breathtaking” – Saxophone great Michael Brecker
“A shockingly good young jazz singer originally from Italy … Sounding like an update of past jazz divas — particularly the regal Carmen McRae and the amazingly fluid Sarah Vaughan — she lives up to the title of her U.S. debut CD, ‘Easy to Love.’” – Tom Surowicz, Star Tribune
And other quotes abound …..
” Awesome! Astonishing! Amazing! … this Italian exponent of an American art form sets a new standard … nothing could prepare even a close follower of the vocal scene for the artistry in evidence throughout [Roberta Gambarini’s]’Easy to Love.'”
“This is one of the most commanding jazz CDs ever recorded”
” Roberta Gambarini has .. a warm timbre, impeccable timing and intonation, incredible technique and scatting and improvisation skills.”
“Roberta Gambarini is amazing! My first impulse was to compare her to Ella, but after four tracks you know that she is an original. I still get goosebumps when I listen to her scat tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins”
“This young lady simply has the finest classic jazz voice around today. Don’t believe me? Listen to this album. … If she were from the USA she would be a superstar.”
“We had the opportunity to experience Roberta G. in a live performance and were seduced by her wonderful voice and her polished presence.”
“I can guaranty this Italian bella from Milan will make you swoon with delight! My heart goes a pit-a-pat every time I hear her. If there is a true successor to the great dames of jazz past (i.e Billie, Ella, Sarah, Carmen, Anita, et al…) she is definitely it!”
“She is one of the great jazz singers in this early Century.”