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Letizia Gambi

 

The mediterranean passion speaks through the Jazz language.
Letizia’s music is the synthesis of two apparently distant worlds and yet able to blend them in perfect harmony, creating an authentic sound that combines the Black-American heritage with Mediterranean melodies. It is a "Cultural fusion".  An international and personal way to present some of the most popular songs of the Italian and Neapolitan repertoire, international covers, and her original tunes of great musical impact . The complete band includes cello and bandoneon creating a special and unique sound.

Sting, after listening to the music defined Letizia as "a stunning vocalist".

Born in Naples, south Italy, Letizia grew up in an artistic family, which consisted of opera singers, musicians, actors and writers. Early on, her family moved from Naples to Como in the north of Italy. They carried their traditions and all of their musical wealth with them, but she learned the meaning of NOSTALGIA. She was forced to exchange the large brightness of the sea for the dark shadows of the lake. This was one of the reasons she held tightly to her Neapolitan roots and culture, going back to Naples whenever she could and why she needed to infuse her culture into everything that she did.
Letizia starting dancing at age eleven, went to art school at thirteen and began showcasing her art and winning awards for her paintings at just fourteen years old. When she was fifteen, Letizia began traveling to London for the summers to study musical theatre.  Continuing to dance, she became a dance instructor and choreographer at a very young age, while continuing to sing and act. She studied acting for 2 years and worked as an actress.  Finally, because of her great love and passion for music, she decided to audition for the International Jazz Academy in Milan. She studied for four years and became an assistant to the vocal professor in her fifth, "Master Year.”  Letizia graduated with a Masters Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance.
After graduation, Letizia began working as a singer/songwriter, she took musical theater roles, like playing Anita in West Side Story, she acted in TV shows and sang with many great Italian Jazz musicians and lead in a Jazz Big Band.  With a passion for all types of music, she listened to Opera, soundtracks, Jazz, Neapolitan songs, Broadway shows, Rock, Classical, Folk, Fusion, R&B and whatever music she found, that moved her.
In 2009, Letizia met the legendary drummer and producer Lenny White, after a performance in Milan and expressed to him, her desire to fuse her roots and musical influences in a contemporary way.  Intrigued by her ideas, Lenny asked her to send him some material, she did and the result is her debut recording, "Introducing Letizia Gambi.”  This collaboration brought Letizia to New York , where she studied, wrote and recorded the album with many great musicians and an incredible line-up of "all star guests” that support her including, Ron Carter, Chick Corea, Gato Barbieri, Wallace Roney, Patrice Rushen, Gil Goldstein and her co-collaborator and producer, Lenny White on drums.
Letizia performed as a guest with Lenny White and his band during his European Tour in 2011 she also opened the "Premio Biagio Agnes" Media Awards, a televised event on Raiuno channel, singing an old Neapolitan song "a cappella.” She performed sold out concerts in several clubs and festivals including the Blue Note in Milan in May 2013.
December 20th, 2013 Letizia made her American performance debut in New York as a guest with Lenny White’s trio, featuring, Ron Carter on bass and Patrice Rushen on piano.
The Official Miles Davis website: www.milesdavis.com (Miles discovered Lenny White when he was a teenager) showed support for Letizia’s debut release, by mentioning it in their “news” section when the album released.  

 
 
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