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Roberto Tola

Roberto Tola is a multi awarded Italian Jazz and Smooth Jazz Guitarist. He was born and raised in Sardinia Island, Sassari (Italy); began studying music when he was just six years old. In 1976 studies Cello in the Conservatory of Music in Sassari. Meanwhile continues his studies of Modern and Jazz Guitar and established the sextet named JAZZMANIA. From 1989 is co-founder and member of the Italian “Blue Note Orchestra”, and from 1991 up to 2012 is the official guitar of the “OJS Big Band” (Sardinia Jazz Orchestra), also conducted by well known Carla Bley, Bob Mintzer, Colin Towns, Giorgio Gaslini, Bruno Tommaso, Giancarlo Gazzani and others more.

Roberto has played in many famous Jazz Festivals and in a long list of concerts in Italy, Europe and in the far east. In 2005 is the conductor of the big orchestra for the National Competition “Canzonissima 2000” including 26 musicians, a big band with a strings section, which write and arrange all the music for.

In his over 30 years of career, Roberto has performed with some of the best musicians of the genre, as: the conductors Colin Towns, Carla Bley, Giorgio Gaslini, Giancarlo Gazzani, Bruno Tommaso, e Roberto Pregadio; the famous singers Jill Saward, Norma Winstone, David Linx and Gegè Telesforo. The trumpetists Tom Harrel, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava; great Bassist Steve Swallow, Saxes Bob Mintzer (member of Yellow Jackets), Andy Sheppard, Javier Girotto, Maurizio Gianmarco, Pietro Tonolo; clarinet Paolo Ravaglia; pianists Riccardo Zegna and Gerardo di Lella, accordionist and pianist Antonello Salis, the French accordionist Richard Galliano and others else. Roberto has been teaching music, modern and jazz guitar in many music schools for more than 25 years.

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