February 19-20, 2008

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The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents vocalist Roberta Gambarini and legendary pianist Hank Jones for two nights only, touring in support of their new CD You Are There. Band members joining Roberta and Hank Jones are Neil Swainson (bass) and Willie Jones III (drums). Set times Tuesday & Wednesday are at 7:30pm. Doors at 6pm on Tuesday & 5:30pm on Wednesday.

Touring in support of their brand new recording, You Are There, (Groovin’ High/Universal) Italian jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini in duo with Hank Jones take the stage for two nights at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley!

A fairly new singer on the jazz scene, Roberta Gambarini was born in Torino, Italy and in 1998 moved to the USA, where she won third place in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition and was more recently voted No. 1 talent deserving wider recognition in Down Beat’s 2007 Critics’ Poll. She is, “…a true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae.” – Boston Globe

She has performed with Michael Brecker, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Slide Hampton, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, and Toots Thielemans, amongst others, and has performed at Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Town Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and jazz festivals around the world such as Barbados, London, Monterey, North Sea, Toronto, and Umbria.

Henry “Hank” Jones is an American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer. Eloquent, lyrical and impeccable are words musicians and critics use to describe his jazz piano style. In 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts honored Mr. Jones with the highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award. He was also honored in 2003 with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend Award. Hank Jones has recorded over sixty albums under his own name, and countless others as a guest.

According to Mr Jones, “When you listen to a pianist, each note should have a soul of its own.” For more than six decades, Jones has taken his words to heart, always playing with a deeply personal style. “A great, ageless pianist who’s among the last links to the lost world of Manhattan’s 52nd Street” – The New York Times.

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