WATCH OUT FOR ROBERTO TOLA’s ALBUM “BEIN’ GREEN”
Starting from the intimate and soulful track Tear for Niro, featuring the American trumpet, flugelhorn and trombone Bill McGee, up to the latin-pop moods of the last tune Cabriolet, the listener navigates across an emotional musical journey.
Roberto Tola has indeed been able to weave harmonies and melodies, blending and weaving different musical styles, from the delicate bossa nova of Sardinia Dream, to the jazz funk of Sunny Morning sung by the English singer Jill Saward, also appearing in the classic jazz mood of Everything About Us; from the brilliant and groovy Funky Party which boasts the participation of the English pianist Bill Sharpe and the USA saxophonist Bob Mintzer, also appearing in the delicate and light jazzy Flying Away, up to the warm and smooth atmospheres of Yellow Room, featuring the vibraphonist Tim Collins, and the soulful and brilliant With You all the Clouds Go Away, which boasts the participation of the American saxophonist Najee.
A Life in Music
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 musics 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 Bley, Bob Mintzer, Colin Towns, Giorgio Gaslini, Bruno Tommaso, Giancarlo 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 big orchestra for the National Competition “Canzonissima 2000” including 26 musicians, a big band with strings section, which write 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 Towns, Carla Bley, Giorgio Gaslini, Giancarlo Gazzani, Bruno Tommaso, Mario Raja, Marco Tiso e Roberto Pregadio; the singers Jill Saward, Norma Winstone, Maria Pia De Vito, David Linx and Gegè Telesforo. The trumpetists Tom Harrel, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Flavio Boltro, Giovanni Amato; great Bassist Steve Swallow, Saxes Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets), Najee, Paul Taylor, Paula Atherton, Andy Sheppard, Javier Girotto, Maurizio 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 (featuring some international well known guest stars as Bob Mintzer, Najee, Bill McGee, Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward and Tim Collins), which won the SILVER MEDAL at the GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS for the outstanding achievements in Jazz Music and Best Album in 2017. In September 2017, the single SUNNY MORNING, from the same album, got the nomination to the HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS in Jazz Genre. In March the 31st 2018 is winner of the Vox Populi Award for the Best Jazz Instrumental Song to the XVI INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS held at the Lincoln Center in New York City, and on 22nd of April 2018 is again is the winner of 7 awards in 7 different Jazz categories at the MUSIC CHANNEL AWARDS in Hollywood: best Jazz Song, Best Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumentalist, Best Jazz Producer, Best Jazz Video for the tune Sunny Morning and also Best New Male Artist of the Year and Best Recording of the Year. Other recognitions, Honorable Mention at the ATLAS ELITE MUSIC AWARDS in 2018, again nominee at the HOLLYWOOD MUSIC AWARDS 2018 with the tune Funky Party (feat. Bob Mintzer) in the Jazz Instrumetal category, finalist at the UK SONGWRITING MUSIC AWARDS in 2018 and again nominee with the tune Lullaby Of Christmas (feat. Bill McGee) at the XVII INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2019.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
AEE MUSIC AWARDS: Honorable Mention of the Year – July 2018 (USA)
INDIE MUSIC AWARDS: 7 awards won on 7 different Jazz Categories NOMINATIONS – April 2018 (USA)
THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS: VOX POP AWARD won in the Instrumental Jazz Song Category – March 2018 (USA)
HOLLYWOOD MUSIC AWARDS: Nominee in Jazz Category – November 2017 (USA)
GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS: Silver Medal for Best Jazz Album & Best Album Category – September 2017 (USA)
RADIO MUSIC AWARDS: Best Jazz Artist – October 2017 (USA)
RADIO MUSIC AWARDS: Best Jazz Song – October 2017 (USA)
BEST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CHARTS
#1 on the OFFICIAL BRITISH SMOOTH JAZZ CHARTS 2017 (England)
#2 of the SOUTHERN ONTARIO’S SMOOTHEST GROOVE CHART 2017 (Canada)
#4 of the TOP 50 SMOOTH JAZZ.COM RADAR CHART 2017 (USA)
#4 of the TOP 50 SMOOTH JAZZ.COM INDIE CHART 2017 (USA)
#10 of the TOP 50 SMOOTH JAZZ.COM CHART 2017 (USA)
#1 of the iTUNES JAZZ CHARTS 2017 (Sri Lanka)
#1 of the TOP JAZZ ALBUM “JAZZ IN FAMILY” RADIO NETWORK 2017 (Italy)
#1 of the TOP 30 GLOBAL ALBUMS CHART 2017 (Australia)
#1 of the THUNDER MUSIC RADIO CHARTS 2017 (Italy)