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Roberta Gambarini

Born and raised in Turin, Italy, to music-loving parents (who had actually first met at a jazz concert), Roberta Gambarini grew up listening to her father's record collection constantly. Her first vocal inspiration was Louis Armstrong, but she soon discovered Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, and Billie Holiday, as well as blues artists like Mahalia Jackson and Bessie Smith. At age 12 she began playing the 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. The next year she decided to move to Milan to pursue her career more seriously, and a third-place finish at a national jazz radio competition brought her enough exposure to jump-start her career, sending her around Europe performing at festivals and with other artists, including Hammond organist Emmanuel Bex in 1997.

In 1998 Gambarini received a scholarship to study for two years at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and soon after arriving she competed, and eventually finished third, in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition behind Teri Thornton and Jane Monheit. Though Gambarini did not receive a recording contract from this accomplishment (unlike Monheit), it did give her enough performing opportunities that she decided to leave Boston and move to New York, where she could focus better on her music and the scene. In 2006, after years of working and becoming a kind of cult favorite in the New York jazz world, though she was still rejected by every label she pitched her album to, Gambarini started Groovin' High in order to release her American debut, Easy to Love. A collection of standards, the record impressed critics enough to garner the singer a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, alongside Diana Krall and Nancy Wilson, among others. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi
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CENTERPIECE! Yes,your poetic words & heart became the centerpiece of my days & nights my friend! :-)
I am totally speachless,w h a t a wonderful,be a u t i f u l voice & the lyrics are heartmelting ! "All the things we've done together..." Can't help but to surrender to the song! :)
Che bellisima signorina! Molto bella musica
very easy to listen too. i like her......
Probably the best Italian Alto, to ever sing jazz. Her style is clearly inspired by the great female vocalists listed in her bio. Yet she has clearly found her niche with her unique vocals. Simply Grand!
I concur with all of you, this Lady has a Great voice and a Beautiful red dress. I too, thought I was listening to someone else.
I drop in from time to time to check out that red dress....an inspiration in itself. Great singer !!!
rali20004
Nice Voice, Great rack! Love it.
forget the singing , did you see that album cover. She will be by my nitestand from now on
artfurtado6
Post Script: I have not heard her sing in Italian, perhaps that could be her shtick, some English, some Italian! Art F.
artfurtado6
Roberta sounds great though typical to other females; needs a gimmick to stand out, for voice recognition rather than who is that??? Art Furtado
i can add her to my list of favorite female vocalists. thanks, roberta.
yetbo012
I woke up to this voice on the radio one morning and I thought...is that Ella?...but then...she was singing in fluent Italian...th e n my girlfriend said,"forget it and make love to me..." I am a fan!
What a gifted singer! She's new on my list...
talbright4
A voice with nuances beyond imagination.
I love her. Clear, deep notes, beautiful locution, and the lady's got some swing in her soul! When you consider Italian is her first language, her phrasing and clarity are even more impressive.
meseltzer1
Nice, nice, and Wow easy on the senses
derykbanks
The Music industry has its prejudices. This is one. She's good!! Their expectations pale to the actual thrill of the Grammy nomination of Jazz fans.

Hats off to her!!
Wow, I thought I was listening to Carmen McRae until I realized it wasn't Ms. McRae, and read Ms. Gambarini's bio. She has a wonderful mellow voice--I can't believe her journey to get a disc released has been so difficult! I wish her ever-increas i n g success!
She has a GREAT voice! I can hear hints of Carmen McCrae...I'd like to hear more of her.
kennethj_hur l e y
A wonderful voice, I love this song

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