[JPL] Roberta Gambarini/ Ella and Sarah????

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 12 20:23:02 EDT 2006

Yep Jim, I have heard her and I concur she is a wonderful singer and I do listen objectively. I continue to play and enjoy her CD but to put her in the league of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan? Come on man...... Yes, I've heard Ella and Sarah as well but Roberta's not at that level. Maybe in a few years. I'm sure Hank and others think very highly of her but I would doubt none of them went that far. I mean what can someone say to that outside of the fact it's an opinion but I will say while I respect your opinions Jim this is a stretch far beyond my sense of understanding. 
  Jae Sinnett 

Jim Wilke <jwilke123 at comcast.net> wrote:

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Yeah, that was me, Jae.

I heard Ella, I heard Sarah, I heard Carmen and I've heard Roberta, and 
yes, I do think she's in the same league. Hank Jones, James Moody, 
Slide Hampton and quite a few others think very highly of her as well 
including those on this list who've seen her at Tanglewood, Monterey 
and elsewhere.

Haven't you heard her yet? Please check out her CD "Easy To Love". 
When she sings the solos played by Dizzy and the two Sonnys on "Sunny 
Side of the Street" or the heartbreaking Bill Evans tune "Two Lonely 
People" or duets with Moody on "Centerpiece" you'll know why we think 
she's so great! Her phrasing, intonation, swing, improvisation and 
interpretation are all models of what a great jazz singer can do.

She's also a great teacher, too. I've seen her workshops and they're 


On Tuesday, September 12, 2006, at 04:40 PM, Jae Sinnett wrote:
> I know the ole eyeballs aren't what they use to be but did I see 
> someone write that they think Roberta Gambarini is in the same league 
> as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan?
> Jae Sinnett


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