April 11th. One Night Only! The Cutting Room
April 11th, 9:30pm
44 East 32nd St.
New York, NY 10016
Band Members Lenny White
: Drums Helen Sung
: Piano Ollie Bowmann
: Double Bass Jisoo Ok
: Cello Tom Guarna
Letizia Gambi's music is a combination of her Neapolitan-Italian roots with the heritage of Black American Jazz. Her Mediterranean passion sings through Jazz's language in a contemporary, personal style. She lives in New York, Los Angeles
Letizia Gambi is an international award-winning singer songwriter considered one of the most versatile and talented vocalist of her generation. She has recorded and worked with many renowned artists, including Gato Barbieri
, Chick Corea
, Ron Carter
, Gil Goldstein
, Wallace Roney
, Patrice Rushen
, Lenny White, Donald Vega
, Helen Sung
, Dave Stryker
and Antonio Farao
Letizia graduated with a Masters Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance at the Jazz School Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado" in Milan. Letizia has represented Italy in Japan at the Italian Cultural Institute in Osaka and Tokyo. At the invitation of the Italian General Consul, Letizia performed with a 100-piece orchestra and choir for the celebration of the Italian Republic's Anniversary in Rosario, Argentina. She has also performed in Capodistria, Slovenia under the auspices of the Italian Consul General for the Italian Republic's Anniversary.
Her two albums, Introducing Letizia Gambi
(2012) and Blue Monday
(2016), were candidates for Grammy Awards as Best Vocal Jazz Album and Best Arrangements for Vocals. Both were produced by legendary Lenny White.
Lenny White is a four-time Grammy Award-winning American jazz drummer and producer. Founder of the Return to Forever band with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke
, Lenny is known for the iconic recording Bitches Brew
with Miles Davis
, Red Clay
with Freddie Hubbard
, among many other recordings. Lenny is Letizia Gambi's producer.
Helen Sung has spent most of her life in two distinct worlds. A classical student from a young age who transitioned to jazz in her early twenties, she understands the limitless range and potential of the piano in a way that few specialists in either genre can. In addition, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Sung embodies two diverse cultures and has discovered a musical voice and identity that are true to both—and more importantly, true to herself.
Jisoo Ok is a cellist, festival director, arranger and educator of classical and tango music. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Fred Sherry and chamber music with Itzhak Perlman and Robert Mann.
Ollie Bomann is a New Zealander bassist, who has studied at the Steinhardt School at New York University since 2016. He is Lenny White's student and help found the group Stello".
Tom Guarna is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and arranger. He has forged his own voice as a modern jazz guitarist, performing with a wide range of artists including Wallace Roney, Stanley Clarke, Mark Turner
, Branford Marsalis
, Randy Brecker
, Dr. Lonnie Smith
, Mulgrew Miller
, Gary Bartz
, Lenny White and many more. Tom also played on Letizia's album Blue Monday
Praise for Letizia Gambi
Letizia Gambi is a stunning vocalist!" —Sting
...It was soooo nice to play with/for a singer that can really sing." —Ron Carter
Lenny White and Letizia Gambi have created the hippest musical address in Naples; at the intersection of Neapolitan music and jazz." —Gil Goldstein
Letizia Gambi is that rare talent, a charismatic singer emboldened to take ambitious risks. She casts a vocal spell that, while not exclusively jazz, is nonetheless wistful and enchanting." —Downbeat Magazine
Introducing Letizia Gambi is one of those dramatic arrivals that challenges categories and assumptions. It's a longer way of saying simply that this album is indeed a rare thing- one that deserves to be heard and considered according to its own merits." —Ashley Khan