Letizia Gambi w/ Lenny White, Fahir Atakoglu, Dave Stryker, Jisoo Ok and Ollie Bomann @ Blues Alley – D.C. 1/29


Scott H. Thompson

Letizia Gambi
With Special Guests: Lenny White,
Fahir Atakoglu, Dave Stryker,
Jisoo Ok and Ollie Bomann!

Blues Alley - D.C.
January 29th
One Night Only!


Blues Alley
January 29, 2020
8:00 PM and 10:00 PM
1073 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.

Letizia Gambi's music is a combination of her Italian-Neapolitan roots with the heritage of Black American Jazz. It is a "cultural fusion", her January 29, 2020 performance at Blues Alley will feature a veritable "United Nations" of jazz musicians.

Born in Naples, Italy, Letizia Gambi is an international singer, songwriter considered one of the most versatile and talented singers of her generation. She had worked with such stellar players as Gato Barbieri, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Lenny White, Gil Goldstein, Wallace Roney, and Patrice Rushen.

Her two albums, Introducing Letizia Gambi (2012) and Blue Monday (2016), were considered for Grammy® Awards as Best Vocal Jazz Album and Best Arrangements for Vocals.

Lenny White is a four-time Grammy® Award-winning American jazz drummer and producer. Founder of the Return to Forever band with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, Lenny is known for the iconic recording "Bitches Brew" with Miles Davis, "Red Clay" with Freddie Hubbard. Lenny is Letizia Gambi's producer.

Fahir Atakoglu is an internationally acclaimed composer and pianist. He scored and composed the soundtrack of the TV Drama entitled "Magnificent Century" which has been broadcast in 65 countries. Also, an accomplished solo artist, Fahir has released 17 albums since his solo debut in 1994. Letizia Gambi has recorded one song, "Come Music", for Fahir's upcoming album, "Por Amour".

Dave Stryker is a jazz guitarist who has recorded more than 25 albums as a leader and has been a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff and Kevin Mahogany. Hot House jazz magazine awarded him Best Guitarist Fans Decision for 2017. He is also honored as a Top Jazz Guitarists in the 2019 Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls for the 10th time.

Jisoo Ok is a cellist, festival director, arranger and educator of classical and tango music. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Fred Sherry and chamber music with Itzhak Perlman and Robert Mann.

Ollie Bomann is a New Zealander bassist, who has studied at the Steinhardt School at New York University since 2016. He is Lenny White's student and help found the group "Stello".


"Letizia Gambi is a stunning vocalist!"
- Sting

"Letizia Gambi is that rare talent, a charismatic singer emboldened to take ambitious risks. She casts a vocal spell that, while not exclusively jazz, is nonetheless wistful and enchanting."
- Downbeat Magazine



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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.


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