PROFESSIONALS AND MARKET REVIEWS
The Roberto’s International Tour (Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Sardinia and more…) is actually interrupted due to the pandemic time.
Please, come back and stay tuned for updates and tour dates, hopefully coming soon..!
LISTEN ROBERTO TOLA ON SPOTIFY
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, which became one of most important Jazz Fusion band in Sardinia.
From 1989 is member and co-founder of the Italian “Blue Note Orchestra”, and from 1991 up to 2010 is the official guitar of the “Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna”, also conducted by well known Carla Bley, Bob Mintzer, Colin Towns, Giorgio Gaslini, Bruno Tommaso, Giancarlo Gazzani and more.
In 2000 is the conductor of the big orchestra for the National Music Contest “Canzonissima 2000” including 26 musicians, a big band with strings section.
In his almost 40 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 e Roberto Pregadio; the legendary and iconic drummer Billy Cobham, the trumpetists Tom Harrel, Bill McGee, Andrea Tofanelli; great Bassist Steve Swallow; Saxes Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets), Eric Marienthal, Najee, Paul Taylor, Paula Atherton, Andy Sheppard, Javier Girotto and Rocco Ventrella; the legendary English Jazz-Funk band Shakatak; the pianists Scott Wilkie, Bill Sharpe; 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.
in 2014 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 CD album “Endless Summer” and the single “M is for Manhattan“, both released in June 2016.
On May 2017 Roberto, after more than 30 years in music, 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 Categories 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 Pop Award for the Best Jazz Instrumental Song to the 16th INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS held at the Lincoln Center in New York City, and on 22nd of April 2018 is the winner of 7 awards in 7 different Jazz categories at the MUSIC CHANNEL AWARDS in Hollywood: for the 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 Instrumental category, finalist at the UK MUSIC AWARDS in 2018.
In almost four decades of musical career, he has participated in hundreds of concerts and dozens of festivals in Italy, Europe up to the Far East to China, among which are: Smooth Hot Jazz (Madrid – Spain), Festival “Jazz del Mediterranei” (Valencia – Spain) and Spain Tour 2004, several participations at the “Time in Jazz” International Festival (Berchidda – Italy), multiple participations in the “Writing in Jazz” (Scrivere in Jazz – Sardinia, Italy), Jazz Op (Udine – Italy), Bergamo Jazz Festival (Italy), Vivere Jazz Festival (Fiesole – Italy), participation in various editions of the Nuoro Jazz Seminars (Nuoro – Italy), China Tour 2001 (China), Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival 1996 (Italy), Fiera della Musica (Ferrara – Italy), Estiamo in Piazza Festival (Ozieri – Italy), and more…
Roberto releases his second album entitled COLORS, again featuring some of the best international musicians of the genre, as Michael Lington, Paula Atherton, Bill McGee, Rocco Ventrella, Darryl Walker and Mando Cordova. Some of the song included in the album have been awarded in important music contest around the world, as Slow Motion and Lullaby of Christmas, both winners at the Independent Music Awards in New York, and Slow Motion winner at the Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards.
In October 31st, 2021, sees the light the 3rd album of Roberto, titled KON TIKI, featuring the legendary American drummer Billy Cobham, the Sax playe Eric Marienthal, the pianist Scott Wilkie, the Italian Trumpet player Andrea Tofanelli and many more talented musicians..
Roberto continues composing, performing and recording new music. His 4th CD Album is aspected in Autumn/Winter 2022, and again will boasts a roster of excellent and international famous artists…
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
AEE MUSIC AWARDS: Honorable Mention of the Year – July 2018 (USA)
AEE MUSIC AWARDS: Winner in Jazz Category – July 2019 (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)
THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS: VOX POP AWARD won in the Instrumental Song Category – March 2019 (USA)
HOLLYWOOD MUSIC AWARDS: Nominee in Jazz Category ? November 2017 (USA)
HOLLYWOOD MUSIC AWARDS: Nominee in Jazz Category ? November 2018 (USA)
HOLLYWOOD MUSIC AWARDS: Nominee in Jazz Category ? November 2019 (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)
UK SONGWRITING CONTEST: Finalist – January 2019 (United Kingdom)
ONE WORD MUSIC AWARDS: 2nd Best Jazz Album – January 2019 (United Kingdom)
BEST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CHARTS
#1 in Netherland: album Kon Tiki (iTunes Jazz Chart 2021)
#1 in Senegal: song Time and Place (Apple Music Jazz Chart 2020)
#1 in Sri Lanka: album Bein’ Green (iTunes Jazz Charts 2017)
#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)
#1 in Italy: song Libeccio (Black Planet Smooth Jazz Chart 2020)
#1 in United Kingdom: 24 weeks in a row for song SLOW MOTION (British Smoother Jazz Chart 2019)
#1 on the BRITISH SMOOTHER JAZZ CHARTS 2017 (England)
#2 in Canada: of the SOUTHERN ONTARIO’S? SMOOTHEST GROOVE CHART 2017
#3 in Spain: song Sunny Morning (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#4 in USA: TOP 50 SMOOTH JAZZ.COM RADAR CHART 2017 (USA)
#4 in USA: TOP 50 SMOOTH JAZZ.COM INDIE CHART 2017 (USA)
#5 in Spain: song Lullaby Of Christmas (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#7 in Indonesia x the album “Colors” (Apple Music Latin Chart)
#8 in Germany: album Bein’ Green (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#10 in USA: TOP 50 SMOOTH JAZZ.COM CHART 2017 (USA)
#11 in Russia: song Slow Motion (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#12 in Senegal: song Time and Place (Apple Music Latin Chart)
#12 in Barbados x song Sunny Morning (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#12 of the iTUNES JAZZ CHARTS 2019 (Netherland)
#15 in Canada: song With You All The Clouds Go Away (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#17 in Netherland: album Kon Tiki (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#25 in Indonesia: album Colors (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#33 in Malaysia: song Libeccio (iTunes Latino Chart)
#35 in Argentina: song Sunny Morning (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#37 in United Kingdom: song Slow Motion (iTunes Latin Chart)
#41 in Indonesia: album Kon Tiki (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#44 in Italy: song Arthur’s Theme (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#51 in Costa Rica: song Sunny Morning (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#52 in Costa Rica: song Flying Away (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#53 in Costa Rica: song Yellow Room (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#53 in Panama: song Libeccio (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#64 in Japan: song Tears for Niro (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#68 in United Kingdom: song Slow Motion (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#72 in Panama: song Lullaby Of Christmas (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#75 in Costa Rica: song With You All The Clouds Go Away (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#78 in Netherland: song Libeccio (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#79 in Netherland: song Slow Motion (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#80 in Netherland: song Sandro’s Song (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#81 in Netherland: song Preludio (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#82 in Netherland: song Time and Place (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#90 in Malaysia: song Libeccio ((iTunes Jazz Chart)
#94 in Indonesia: album Bein’ Green (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#108 in Panama: song Lullaby Of Christmas (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#148 in Singapore: song Slow Motion (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#154 in United States: song Preludio (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#157 in Peru: song Sunny Morning (Apple Music Jazz Chart)
#160 in Sri Lanka: song Sunny Morning (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#173 in Portugal: song With You All The Clouds Go Away (iTunes Jazz Chart)
#195 in Indonesia: song “Preludio” (Apple Music Latin Chart)
#200 in Ukraine: song Laura (Apple Music Jazz Chart)