from Paul de Barros’ Friday column:

At the Umbria Jazz Festival two summers ago, in Italy, the great pianist Hank Jones strolled into the lobby of the illustrious Brufani Hotel one afternoon.

“You know,” said the piano master, now 89. “I’ve worked with a lot of singers over the years. But Roberta Gambarini is the best since Ella Fitzgerald.”

Excuse me?

“Yes,” he said. “Absolutely.”

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Jazz Alley, Seattle Times