Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2013
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini for two nights only. Band members are Justin Robinson (sax), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.
WINNER – FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 2010 JAZZ JOURNALISTS AWARDS
2010 GRAMMY NOMINEE BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM – SO IN LOVE
“The true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae.” - The Boston Globe
The voice – music’s first instrument – has enthralled humans since the beginning of time with its power, beauty, and soul. Singers have always been celebrated for their ability to unite people in a common emotional experience. While the human voice is certainly the most popular musical instrument, modern culture may have rendered great singing into a lost art form.
Then, every once in a while, a truly great singer comes along who possesses the beauty, individuality and talent to remind us, once again, of the magic and majesty of the human voice: that singer is Roberta Gambarini. 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 20th 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.
Roberta didn’t set out to call her latest release So In Love (2009), but looking back at the song list after the recording, she realized that the album is all about love: the love between a man and a woman, the love of song, children, and most of all, the love of life. “Roberta Gambarini continues to shine brightly as one of the top jazz vocalists of her generation with this outstanding release (So In Love). – K. Dryden, Allmusic.com
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.
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
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