ROBERTO TOLA

Roberto was born and raised in Sardinia Island, Sassari (Italy);  began studying music when he was just six years old. In 1976 studies Cello in the Conservatory of Music in Sassari. Four years later continues his studies of Modern and Jazz Guitar and established the sextet named JAZZMANIA. For this band composed and arranged all music collected in the Album “Preludio” in 1985. From 1989 is member of the Italian Jazz Big Band named “Blue Note Orchestra”, and from 1991 up to 2012 is the official guitar of the  “Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna” (Sardinia Jazz Orchestra), also conducted by well known Carla BleyBob MintzerColin TownsGiorgio GasliniBruno TommasoGiancarlo Gazzani and others more.

Roberto has played in many famous Jazz Festivals and in a long list of concerts in Italy, Europe and in the far east. In 2005 is the conductor of the big orchestra for the National Competition “Canzonissima 2000” including 26 musicians, a big band with strings section, which writes and arrange all the music for.

In his over 30 years of career, Roberto has performed with some of the best musicians of the genre, as: the conductors Colin TownsCarla BleyGiorgio GasliniGiancarlo GazzaniBruno TommasoMario RajaMarco Tiso e Roberto Pregadio; the famous singers Jill SawardNorma WinstoneMaria Pia De VitoDavid Linx and Gegè Telesforo. The trumpetists Tom HarrelPaolo FresuEnrico RavaFlavio Boltro, Giovanni Amato; great Bassist Steve Swallow, Saxes Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets), Andy SheppardJavier GirottoMaurizio Gianmarco, Pietro Tonolo; clarinet Paolo Ravaglia; pianists Riccardo Zegna and Gerardo di Lella, accordionist and pianist Antonello Salis, the French accordionist Richard Galliano and others else. Roberto has been teaching music, modern and jazz guitar in many music schools for more than 25 years.

Recently, Roberto collaborated for the recording of CD album “On The Corner” by the famous and legendary English jazz-funk band Shakatak, and also with the English singer Jill Saward in her last CD album “Endless Summer” and the single “M is for Manhattan”, both released in June 2016.

On May 2017 Roberto released his debut album, titled BEIN’ GREEN, dedicate to his island Sardinia. This project features some international well-known guest stars as Bob Mintzer, Najee, Bill McGee, Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward and Tim Collins.

 

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