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About This Event
Roberta Gambarini-vocals | Cyrus Chestnut-piano
$100 Front two rows (Center seats), $75 General Admission (Side seats)
Start your weekend with an unforgettable private performance by exquisite Italian-born jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini, accompanied by master-soulful pianist Cyrus Chestnut against the breathtaking backdrop of a Phoenix sunset. This exclusive event for around 64 guests takes place in an intimate high-rise living room overlooking the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden, with complimentary wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres for your enjoyment. Seats are $100 for the front 2 rows and $75 for all others. Proceeds support the unique youth jazz education programs at The Nash. (Event located near Central and Roosevelt; details provided upon purchase).
About the musicians:
ROBERTA GAMBARINI was born in Turin, Italy, where she was exposed to jazz at concerts, clubs, and festivals and at home by listening to records. Within three weeks of moving to America in 1998, Gambarini won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music and took third place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Gambarini was invited to sing in New York City, where she met James Moody, who became her teacher and mentor. In 2004, Gambarini started touring with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band. From 2006–2007 she toured with her own trio, as well as the Hank Jones trio. Gambarini has two Grammy Award-nominated albums.
CYRUS CHESTNUT was born into a musical family in Baltimore, Maryland. Chestnut has earned a reputation for his skillful versatility, ability for blending sounds and unabashedly bringing gospel into the club performances. After graduating from Berklee, Chestnut worked with Jon Hendricks, Terrence Blanchard and saxophonist Donald Harrison before joining jazz legend Wynton Marsalis in 1991. Despite his sense of playful showmanship, Chestnut takes jazz very seriously and believes that jazz has great staying power. “Just as Bruce Springsteen has that ability to appeal to a mass audience, I have a vision that jazz can do the same. You can’t underestimate the power of this music,” Chestnut told the St. Petersburg Times.