Italian born, multi Grammy nominated vocalist-lyricist Roberta Gambarini was mentored by, toured the world and recorded with some of the greatest Giants of Jazz. She has been twice named Singer of the Year by the International Jazz Journalists Association.
Based in Denver since 1980, pianist and composer Eric Gunnison has led a distinguished career during which he has not only established himself as one of the mainstays of the Mile High City’s vibrant jazz scene as an instrumentalist, bandleader and educator, but has also attracted a global following performing, touring and recording with internationally renowned jazz artists, particularly jazz vocalists.
Paul Romaine has led, recorded, or performed with countless combinations of the Denver area’s best players and with internationally acclaimed artists such as Eddie Harris, Benny Golson, James Moody, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Heath, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Roberta Gambarini, Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Houston Person, Charlie Rouse, Eddie Gomez, Bobby Watson, Jack McDuff, Clark Terry, and the Woody Herman Orchestra. Paul plays with numerous groups including Convergence, The Ken Walker Sextet, Big Swing Trio, the Jazz Worms, and Peter Sommer Septet, where he also writes and has recorded critically acclaimed CD’s. Paul has served on the music faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 2005, and also taught at MSU Denver. As a clinician he experienced the power of mentoring, and together with his wife Chris, he developed a unique vision for jazz education, and co-founded the non-profit Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. As the Artistic Director, he has developed unique programs for students of all ages throughout Colorado who play together and study with professional musicians. Paul was honored to receive a Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education.
Mark Simon is one of the busiest bassists in Denver. Mark has taught jazz bass at CU Boulder and has been a director and mentor with CCJA since it’s inception. He is a member of Convergence and the Jazz WORMS and Dale Bruning’s groups. Mark toured the world with Carmen McRae and has shared the stage with Mark Murphy, Claudio Slon, Lew Tabakin, Art Farmer, Jimmy Heath, Rosemary Clooney, Regina Carter, Mose Allison, Ernestine Anderson, Eddie Harris, Bill Frisell, Dizzy Gillespie,James Moody, Joe Farrell, Houston Person, Benny Carter, among others.
Roberta Gambarini – Vocals
Eric Gunnison – Piano
Mark Simon – Bass
Paul Romaine – Drums