Roberta Gambarini

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Roberta Gambarini (voc)
Kirk Lightsey (p)
Reggie Johnson (b)
Sangoma Everett (dr)

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Roberta Gambarini is, without question, one of the most accomplished jazz singers on the current scene. Reviewing a performance by Roberta on January 6th, 2005, at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Boston Globe correspondent, Kevin Lowenthal, was decidedly unequivocal: "Thursday night, in her Boston d"but at Scullers, Roberta Gambarini showed why she is being hailed by many insiders as perhaps today"s finest young jazz singer". Gambarini is a true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae."
Lowenthal went on to praise Roberta"s warm, velvety tone, near-flawless pitch, scat-singing facility and impeccable diction and added that, "among the greatest of her gifts is her taste, which keeps her virtuosity in service to the music."
James Moody, with whom Roberta has appeared on a number of occasions, has said, "She"ll be the best singer around for quite a while." And Dee Dee Bridgewater says she is one of the best young singers she has heard, adding. "The girl has a voice " she can do just about anything."

Born in Turin, Italy, Roberta received her first exposure to jazz at an early age, when her father, an amateur tenor saxophonist, took her to concerts by Dexter Gordon, Benny Carter, Johnny Griffin & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras.
She studied classical piano and composition and, at the age of 12, started taking clarinet lessons. But her natural talent as a singer soon asserted itself and when she was 17, after a spell of classical vocal training in Rome, she began performing with semi-professional bands in jazz clubs in the north of Italy. At 18 she moved to Milan and, soon afterwards, took third place in a national radio/TV jazz competition. This led to opportunities to appear in Italian jazz festivals, including the Pompei Festival and the International Jazz Meeting at the Venice Lido. Roberta also taught singing at the Milan Civic School of Jazz for three years.
In 1998, Roberta moved to the United States, having won a scholarship to attend a two-year artist-in-residence programme at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Two weeks after her arrival in the States, she took part in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition and finished third, behind Teri Thornton and Jane Monheit.
On her d"but CD, Easy To Love, released on the In + Out label, she produces a stunning version of On The Sunny Side Of The Street, emulating vocally the Dizzy Gillespie trumpet solo and the tenor saxophone solos of Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins from the classic 1957 album, Sonny Side Up.
The CD was released in Japan last in November 2005 and was voted the best vocal album of the year in the Swing Journal poll Since settling in Manhattan in 1999, Roberta Gambarini has had the good fortune to work with an impressive list of major musicians " among them Jimmy Heath, Johnny Griffin, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, James Spaulding, Curtis Fuller, Harold Land, John Hicks, Slide Hampton, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Toots Thielemans and, most recently, Hank Jones.
The Jazz Journalists Association this year voted Roberta Gambarini Female Jazz Singer of the Year