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Roberta Gambarini: Keeping Jazz Legacy Alive At Detroit Jazz Festival

Earlier this Month vocalist Roberta Gambarini visited Detroit to be the judge for Detroit Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and appear at The Dirty Dog Jazz Café.  She also visited WEMU to share her Italian and international jazz life story as well as her admiration for jazz masters such as Hank Jones and Jimmy Heath.  She also brought her most recent CD “Connecting Spirits”.

A masterpiece of jazz including original lyrics to Jimmy Heath’s sensitive, swinging and challenging compositions.  As you’ll hear, Roberta handles the songs with ease and appropriate passion.  You’ll hear Roberta Gambarini celebrate NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath’s 90th birthday Monday, September 5th at 1:45 on the JP Morgan Chase Main Stage.  In the meantime, enjoy Roberta’s inspirational story and her supple voice negotiating jazz classics and new lyrics.
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— Linda Yohn is the WEMU Music Director, and host of 89.1 Jazz. Contact Linda at 734.487.3363 or email her at

Linda Yohn simply cannot remember a day in her life that was not filled with music. Her early life was full of changes as the daughter of a well-respected cancer research scientist who moved his family about, but one thing was constant: the love of music instilled by her mother. So, when it seemed life was too hard to bear, young Linda would listen to her radio, play her guitar, dance her heart out and sing at the top of her lungs. So, it isn’t so strange that “older” Linda still does all those things!
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