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Born and raised in Turin, Italy, to music loving parents (who had actually first met at a jazz concert), two-times Grammy nominated singer Roberta Gambarini grew up constantly listening to her father’s record collection. Her first vocal inspiration was the music of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald , but she soon discovered Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday,and Carmen McRae, as well as gospel and blues artists such as Mahalia Jackson and Bessie Smith. At age 12 she began studying clarinet, but realizing the versatility and talents of her clear alto, she moved to voice, singing and performing in clubs by the time she was 17.

In 1998, Gambarini received a scholarship to study for two years at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Barely 2 weeks after setting foot on american soil for the first time, Roberta surprised the jazz world by being one of the runner-ups in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition.

With this recognition as a springboard and the assistance of some of the greatest musicians in the world, who immediately appreciated her talent and invited her to perform with them, she quickly became a fixture on the international jazz circuit, appearing in major concert halls, Festivals and clubs around the globe ( Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl , Jazz at Lincoln Center , the North Sea Jazz Festival, and many more) .

As a result, Roberta has had the good fortune to appear in concert and record with such Giants as Dave Brubeck, James Moody, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Michel & Randy Brecker, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb, Al Foster, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess, Harold Mabern, Toots Thielemans, Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdez, Mark O’Connor, Cyrus Chestnut, Percy Heath, Ron Carter, Johnny Griffin, the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars Big Band, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Ray Drummond, George Cables, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Burrell, Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra, and many others.

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”With all due caution about overstatement, let me say that I don’t know of a better pure jazz vocalist than Roberta Gambarini.” —Roger Crane, All About Jazz. ”This CD [You Are There ~~ Roberta Gambarini & Hank Jones - 2008] promises to be one of the better vocal releases of 2008.” —Suzanne Lorge, All About Jazz. ”R-O-B-E-R-T-A G-A-M-B-A-R-I-N-I .....remember this name. She'll be the best singer around for quite a while.” (James Moody) ”Gambarini is a true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae.” (Boston Globe) ”Gambarini is a gem...an urbane, swinging singer with a voice so pure and a phrasing so silky, it seems to flow like water from a spring.” (Seattle Times) ”...blessed with superb musicality and an intuitive grasp of jazz vocal elements...” (Los Angeles Times) ”Amazing stuff....all of it.” (Don Heckman, LA Times) “Gambarini is the real deal.” (Steve Eddy, OC Register) “She is a vocal virtuoso, and nearly everything about her singing is perfect - her intonation, her ear for harmony, her vocal tone, her time

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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Album So In Love by Roberta Gambarini

So In Love

Decca Music Group
2009

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Album You Are There by Roberta Gambarini

You Are There

Decca Music Group
2008

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Album Easy To Love by Roberta Gambarini

Easy To Love

In + Out Records
2007

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Album Easy To Love by Roberta Gambarini

Easy To Love

KOCH International Jazz
2006

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Appunti Di Viaggio

Unknown label
2006

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Album Roberta Gambarini: Easy To Love by Roberta Gambarini

Roberta Gambarini:...

Kindred Rhythm
2006

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