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

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at
Wed Sep 13 11:31:40 EDT 2006

Hi Jim,

As much as I love what Roberta is doing I would hesitate to put her in
that lofty status along with Ella, Billie, Carmen and Sarah.  Those
ladies of song achieved that kind of respect over a lifetime of work on
the bandstand.  Roberta is just beginning to be known.  I can't help but
remember some years ago when Dianne Schuur hit the scene.  There was all
this hoopla and media hype about her being the next Sarah Vaughan.
Dianne can sing and I'm not denigrating who she is as a talent but do
you put Schuur in the same category as the aforementioned ladies of
jazz?  We hardly hear about her today and certainly not in the same
light as those four giant ladies of song.  Nancy, Dee Dee,
Betty....Roberta!?  Let's give her some time to continue to develop and
see where her path takes her.  



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Subject: Re: [JPL] Roberta Gambarini/ Ella and Sarah????


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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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