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Jazz at Scullers – Welcome Back Roberta Gambarini

Roberta Gambarini

Roberta Gambarini, via The International Review of Music

In the midst of the winter storm, I’m really looking forward to the return of  Roberta Gambarini and her quartet this coming Friday and Saturday at Scullers Jazz Club. She will have Eric Reed on piano, Ameen Saleem on bass, and the legendary Jimmy Cobb on drums. You can hear a wonderful interview from WGBH host Eric Jackson during a Rockport Music JazzChat at the Sholin Liu Music Center in 2013. Roberta talked about how music career came about and her experiences working among many legendary others.

Roberta’s 1st CD, EASY TO LOVE, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The late Benny Carter, one of the most important music figures of the 20th century, has cited Roberta as his Favorite Singer. Her second CD was duet album titled YOU ARE THERE with the Legendary pianist Hank Jones. Mr. Jones had declared Roberta Gambarini as “The Best Singer to emerge in the last 60 years.”

We were able to catch up a quick chat with the pianist Eric Reed before he was heading out to Jazz Cruise.

Eric Reed

Eric Reed

 I heard once talk about your father’s gospel influence from your upbringing; what kind of music was played in your home? Can you tell us a little about your album “Stand!”?

“There was a great variety of music in my home. The radio was always on and there was so much great music in the 70s. My album “Stand!” represents proclamation, testimony and message; an unwavering commitment to serving God and attempting to live righteously.”

Eric, you have an ongoing wonderful exploration of the music of Thelonious Monk and the result of three albums; can you please share some insight on your own inspirations and your collaborations with other musicians?

“As an artist, my desire is to share my life with people through music. It’s human nature to want to connect with people intimately – even if they are strangers. We crave and need it. Music allows me to create intimacy, inspiring a need to work with other musicians who can best allow me to bring my feelings and emotions to fore.”

Have you worked with Reberta Gambarini before? How many times have you been to Boston? What kind of memories can you share?

“This will be my first time working with Roberta and in excited because she’s a phenomenal musician and delightful human being. I’ve been to Boston many times and love connecting with my friends there that I rarely get to see. Some of my fondest moments include meeting Reuben Rogers and Doron Johnson there.”

You can hear a piece from Eric’s new album here.

Friday, Feb 06, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 07, 2015 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA

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