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

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Tue Sep 12 20:44:11 EDT 2006

Welllll,  at least we don't have to debate whether she is or is not a 
jazz singer!
.... and that's a good thing, right?

Incidentally, I do believe a living artist can join the ranks of the 
greats during their lifetime.
Otherwise everyone singing and playing might as well give up hope and 
look for other work.

I got a kick out of Marilyn Harris and Mark Winkler's tongue-in-cheek 
song "They're Gonna Love me When I'm Gone"  which addresses this very 



On Tuesday, September 12, 2006, at 05:23  PM, Jae Sinnett wrote:

> 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:
> 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
> inspiring.
> Jim
> 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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