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"From Italy,
a Great American Jazz Singer!"

Christopher Loudon - Jazz Times


Roberta. A 1935 RKO musical starring Irene Dunne, but long since more famous as the third screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Rediscovered after
languishing for decades in a studio vault, it becomes a favorite of a young couple in Torino, northern Italy. They love its classic Jerome Kern songs: "I Won't Dance," "Yes-terdays" and especially "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." When their daughter is born in 1972, there's no question as to what her name will be. Roberta. Roberta Gambarini.

"Roberta Gambarini: suddenly I was there, hanging out with James Moody"
Sophie Hacsek - Art Here Art Now

June 28.2023

Once upon a time there was an Italian girl who loved jazz, had a wonderful voice, and dreamed of learning from the best jazz musicians – so she moved to the United States. Since her immigration in 1998, Roberta Gambarini built a successful career and is seen as one of the best jazz singers of today, but she also did not forget her homeland. As part of the Bridging Europe festival, she is going to represent Italy in Budapest. Related to that, she told me about how life was with her parents who adored jazz, what the differences are between American and Italian jazz life, who helped her career as mentors, and how she imagines the future of jazz.

"Roberta Gambarini at Catalina"
Scott Yanow  - LA Jazz Scene


There are many talented female jazz singers currently on the scene today, but if I could only pick a single vocalist to sing a long note, Roberta Gambarini would be the one. Her tone is beautiful in every register in her large range, her delivery is powerful yet often tender, and her phrasing and articulation are impeccable. Plus she is a master of the bebop vocabulary and can outswing nearly anyone. Despite her shortage of current recordings (a situation that might change soon), very few singers in any field are on her level.

"Roberta Gambarini on Piano Jazz"
Jon Weber  - NPR

Apr.1, 2011

Vocalist Roberta Gambarini was born in the Italian city of Torino, the daughter of diehard jazz fans. Her father moonlighted on saxophone, and Roberta was named for an eponymous 1935 RKO musical that featured the standards "Yesterdays" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," by Jerome Kern. At 12, Gambarini began studying clarinet and later piano and composition. Her jazz education came by way of recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. By her late teens, Gambarini was singing in local clubs; she soon moved to Milan, where she worked in radio and television.

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