Roberto Tola (Sassari, Sardinia Island - Italy, August 5th, 2018) is an Italian multi awarded Jazz and Smooth Jazz guitarist.
Roberto began playing guitar 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 â€śPreludioâ€ť in 1985. From 1989 is member of the Italian â€śBlue Note Orchestraâ€ť, and from 1991 up to 2012 is the official guitar of the "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 the big orchestra for the National Competition â€śCanzonissima 2000â€ť 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 famous singers Jill Saward, Norma WinstoneÂ and GegĂ¨ Telesforo. The trumpetists Tom Harrel, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Flavio Boltro, Giovanni Amato; great Bassist Steve Swallow, Saxes Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets), 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 â€śOn The Cornerâ€ť by the famous and legendary English jazz-funk band Shakatak, and also with the English singer Jill Saward in her last CD album â€śEndless Summerâ€ť and the single â€śM is for Manhattanâ€ť, both released in June 2016.
On May 2017 RobertoÂ released his debut album, titled BEINâ€™ GREEN, which won the SILVER MEDAL at teh 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 teh HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS in Jazz Genere. The album Beinâ€™ Green features some international well known guest stars as Bob Mintzer, Najee, Bill McGee, Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward and Tim Collins.