Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Easy to Love: Roberta Gambarini

This week on Afterglow it’s “Easy to Love: Roberta Gambarini.” Jazz vocalist Gambarini was born in Italy and came to the United States in the late 1990s.

Play Episode (Real Audio)
Roberta Gambarini Easy To Love Album Cover

Photo: Album Cover

Grammy-nominated Roberta Gambarini's album Easy to Love. After winning third in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal competition, she moved to New York City and came under the tutelage of musicians such as jazz great Benny Carter.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Easy to Love: Roberta Gambarini.” Italian-born, Gambarini came to the United States in the late 1990s on a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music.

After finishing third in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal competition, she moved to New York City and came under the tutelage of musicians such as jazz great Benny Carter.

In recent years she’s worked frequently with Hank Jones, and we’ll hear the two of them on their new CD of duets, Lush Life , as well as music from her Grammy-nominated album Easy to Love . You can read more about Roberta Gambarini here .

Other artists this week include Freddie Hubbard, Julie London, Joe Lovano, Jeremy Pelt, and Bing Crosby.

Music Heard On This Episode

Easy to Love
Roberta Gambarini — Easy to Love (Kindred Rhythm, 2006)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Easy to Love
Roberta Gambarini — Easy to Love (Kindred Rhythm, 2006)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
At Last
Glenn Miller — A Legendary Performer (RCA/Bluebird, 1942)

Notes: Live broadcast with Ray Eberle on vocals.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Just the Way I Am
June Christy — Duet (Capitol, 1955)

Notes: Bobby Troup song. With Stan Kenton on piano.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Body and Soul
Freddie Hubbard — Here to Stay (Blue Note, 1962)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Manhattan
Lee Wiley — Music of Manhattan, 1951 (Uptown, 1951)

Notes: Rodgers and Hart song. With Joe Bushkin on piano and Billy Butterfield on trumpet.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Just Friends
Martial Solal — Just Friends (Dreyfus, 1997)

Notes: With Gary Peacock on bass and Paul Motian on drums.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Detour Ahead
Woody Herman — California Concerts 1949

Notes: With Mary McCall on vocals.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Roberta Gambarini — Easy to Love (Kindred Rhythm, 2006)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
You Are There
Roberta Gambarini — Lush Life (55 Records, 2007)

Notes: New release. With Hank Jones on piano.

album cover
Loverman
Roberta Gambarini — Easy to Love (Kindred Rhythm, 2006)

Notes: With James Moody on tenor sax.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Suppertime
Roberta Gambarini — Lush Life (55 Records, 2007)

Notes: New release. Irving Berlin song, with Hank Jones on piano.

album cover
Get Happy
Tierney Sutton — On the Other Side (TelArc, 2007)

Notes: New release.

album cover
Raincheck
Joe Lovano — Lush Life: the Untold Story of Billy Strayhorn (Blue Note, 2007)

Notes: New release. With Hank Jones on piano.

album cover
The Thrill Is Gone
Julie London — Julie...At Home/Around Midnight (EMI UK, 1960)
album cover
This Is the Moment
Jeremy Pelt — Close to My Heart (MaxJazz, 2003)
album cover
Reminiscin'
Roberta Gambarini — Lush Life (55 Records, 2007)

Notes: New release. Gigi Gryce composition, with words by Jon Hendricks. With Hank Jones on piano.

album cover
Multi-Colored Blue
Roberta Gambarini — Easy to Love (Kindred Rhythm, 2006)

Notes: Billy Strayhorn tune.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Stardust
Roberta Gambarini — Lush Life (55 Records, 2007)

Notes: New release. With Hank Jones on piano.

album cover
Moonlight Becomes You
Bing Crosby — Legendary Years 1931-57 (MCA/Decca, 1942)

Notes: Burke-van Heusen song, from THE ROAD TO MOROCCO.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Young at Heart
Brad Mehldau — Songs: Art of the Trio V. 3 (Warner Bros., 1998)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Polygram, 1963)

Notes: With Art Farmer on trumpet and Bob Brookmeyer on trombone.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

View all posts by this author »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Afterglow:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Afterglow

About The Host

Search Afterglow

This Week On Night Lights

Charles McPherson’s Post-Bird Bop

charles mcpherson bebop revisited

Charles McPherson spent his early career under the spell of Charlie Parker, but he fired the Parker sound with his own intense energy and artistic skills.

Read more »

Night Lights is WFIU's weekly program of classic jazz hosted by David Brent Johnson.

More from Night Lights »