Roberta Gambarini

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Roberta Gambarini
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James Moody and Roberta Gambarini
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Jimmy Heath and Roberta Gambarini performing at NEA Jazz Masters ceremony
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Roberta Gambarini performing at the Concert to Benefit the James Moody Scholarship for Newark Youth
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Celebrated throughout the world by fans, critics and many of the world’s greatest musicians, Roberta Gambarini became a fast-rising star – and a GRAMMY Nominee - with the 2006 release of her debut album, ‘Easy to Love.’ A smashing success on all fronts, Roberta’s debut secured her spot on the international touring circuit, where she continuously graces the most prestigious venues and festivals. In 2008, she made her major label debut with ‘You Are There,’ a superb duet with the legendary pianist Hank Jones. Mr. Jones – who accompanied most of the celebrated vocalists of the 2oth century such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat “King” Cole, and Billy Eckstine – declared Ms. Gambarini as the best singer to emerge in over 60 years.

The Boston Globe named Roberta as the “true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae.” Roberta’s new album, ‘So In Love,’ out on August 25, 2009, is a stunning affirmation of her status as one of the most important vocal artists performing today.

Born in the northwestern Italian city of Torino, Roberta Gambarini started singing in local jazz clubs as a teen-ager before moving to Milan, where she worked in radio and television and began recording under her own name in 1986. In 1998, two weeks after arriving in the United States with a scholarship from the New England Conservatory of Music, she stunned many in the jazz world with a third place finish in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition.
A dynamic performer with virtuosic vocal chops, stunning musicality, and un-wavering intonation, she draws rave reviews and enthusiastic fan support wherever she performs. And until her North American debut, ‘Easy to Love’ (Groovin’ High/Kindred Rhythm), was released on June 6, 2006, she had done so with just word of mouth alone.

‘Easy to Love’ was nominated for a GRAMMY® in 2007 in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category (along with albums by Diana Krall, Nancy Wilson, Karrin Allyson and Nancy King). Roberta’s “formidable talent” (DownBeat Magazine) has also garnered her wins as the 2007 Female Jazz Singer of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA); the 2007 Talent Deserving Wider Recognition; and the 2008 Rising Star Female Vocalist of the Year , both from DownBeat Magazine’s Annual Critics Poll.

On February 12, 2008, Roberta made her major label debut with ‘You Are There’ (Groovin’ High/Emarcy), a collection of 14 hauntingly beautiful melodies, with the legendary pianist, Hank Jones. The music was recorded in one afternoon; Roberta and Hank had no concept for the album – just 25 tunes they liked and thought would be interesting to record. “There were no isolation booths, no headphones, no over dubs,” Gambarini remembers, “just a microphone and a stool alongside the piano. The sound would be just what you would hear had you been in someone’s living room playing among friends.” That is the magic of Hank Jones.

Roberta is touring internationally with her band in support of her new album, ‘So In Love’ (Groovin’ High/Emarcy) out on August 25, 2009

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Articles on Roberta Gambarini

12/02/13    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

The Shadow of Your Smile
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03/29/11    Photos    By Jim Eigo

Benefit Concert for James Moody Scholarship for Newark Youth

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04/13/10    News    By Lee Mergner

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So In Love
Roberta Gambarini

October 2009    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

So In Love
Roberta Gambarini

January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

December 2008    News    By George Varga

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06/27/08    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival

May 2008    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

You Are There
Roberta Gambarini & Hank Jones

04/21/08    Concerts    By George Kanzler

Savannah Music Festival

02/19/08    Concerts    By Doug Ramsey

Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

09/19/07    Concerts    By Willard Jenkins

DC Jazz Festival

May 2007    News    By Willard Jenkins

Living History: Jazz Legends Celebrate at D.C.’s Kennedy Center

02/26/07    Concerts    By Doug Ramsey

Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

09/19/06    Concerts    By Scott Yanow

Monterey Jazz Festival 2006

September 2006    Vox    By Harvey Siders

Easy to Love
Roberta Gambarini

September 2006    Artist Profiles    By Josef Woodard

Roberta Gambarini: Facile Amare

September 2006    Vox    By Harvey Siders

Easy to Love
Roberta Gambarini

July/August 2005    Big Bands    By Harvey Siders

16 Men & a Chick Singer Swingin'
Pratt Brothers Big Band featuring Roberta Gambarini

July/August 2005    Big Bands    By Harvey Siders

16 Men & a Chick Singer Swingin'
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Easy to Love

Groovin High
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You Are There

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So In Love

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