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Monday, January 9
7:00 PM
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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Roberta Gambarini

6:00 PM
All Ages
Advance ticket sales for this show have ended. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:00 PM. Dinner Specials can be purchased at the counter (subject to availability). Masks are encouraged. Please click the 'Plan Your Visit' button above for more information. Thank you!

Dinner Special:
Roast Chicken with Pancetta & Olives
Creamy Polenta
House Salad
*meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter


Roberta Gambarini – twice awarded “Female Jazz Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association and twice nominated for a Grammy award – has earned high praise from many jazz luminaries. Pianist Hank Jones, who was featured on her 2008 album You Are There and has worked with many major jazz vocalists, declared Gambarini to be the best singer to emerge in six decades. Her most recent recording, Connecting Spirits: Roberta Gambarini Sings the Jimmy Heath Songbook, features music by saxophone great Jimmy Heath with lyrics by Gambarini.

Hailing from Turin, Italy, Gambarini grew up in a music-loving household. Her parents were avid jazz fans with an extensive record collection, the source of her early singing inspirations. Saxophone great James Moody became a mentor, helping her to make new contacts and tour with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars Big Band. Her debut album, Easy to Love, earned a coveted Grammy nomination. So In Love, her third album, also received a Grammy nomination and won the Grand Prix du Jazz Vocal award, in 2009, from the Jazz Academy of France. Gambarini will be joined on this concert date by pianist Eric Gunnison, bassist Mark Simon, and drummer Paul Romaine.

(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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