Roberto Gatto

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Roberto GattoBorn in Rome on 6 October 1958, Roberto Gatto began playing the drums as a child following his uncle, a musician of progressive. Listen to the recording works of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Cream but also Duke Ellington, Count Basie and John Coltrane. After a few appearances as a teenager within the scope of the scene rock-progressive of the Capital, he made his debut as a jazz drummer in 1975 in the "Trio di Roma", together with the pianist Danilo Rea and the double bass player Enzo Pietropaoli. The formation performs at Pepito Pignatelli's Music Inn accompanying at the same time foreign musicians passing through Rome. He plays in the formations of the saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco and in the trio of the pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, with whom he records the album "From Always to Now”. In the mid-eighties he joined the "Lingomania" project - of which Maurizio Giammarco is leader and founder - and then gave life to his solo career with the albums, published for the Gala Records label, "Notes" (1986) and “Ask” (1987) starring Michael Brecker and John Scofield, respectively. He has collaborated over the years with prestigious names in the jazz scene, including Enrico Rava (with whom he claims to have a very special bond), Luca Flores, George Coleman, Dado Moroni, Chet Baker, John Abercrombie, Billy Cobham, Richard Galliano, Joe Zawinul, Pat Metheny, Stefano Bollani, Curtis Fuller, Bob Berg, Javier Girotto, Gianluca Petrella and pop music with Mina, Lucio Dalla, Pino Daniele, Ornella Vanoni, Gino Paoli, Ivano Fossati, Riccardo Cocciante, Sergio Caputo, Teresa De Sio. He has dealt with cinema with the composition of soundtracks for the films: "Nudo di donna" (in collaboration with Maurizio Giammarco), "Mignon è game" with Battista Lena and for "Verso sera" and "Il grande cocomero" by director Francesca Arquebuses.

Equipped with an excellent technical and rhythmic mastery in which power, elegance and melodic sense merge, Roberto Gatto is considered one of the best European drummers with various awards to his credit, including "Best Italian drummer", in 1983 from the monthly " Making music”, in 1991 and 1992 by “Guitar club”, and in 1993 by the magazine “Percussioni”. During his intense concert activity he has performed in ten editions of the Umbria Jazz Festival and has given concerts in famous theaters such as the Olympia in Paris as part of the "Paris Jazz Festival", at the Berklee School Auditorium in Boston and at the Blue Note New York Jazz Club. Teaching has also always held a significant place in his long professional career: he taught for many years at the Siena Jazz Courses and later held the jazz drum chair at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.

Essential discography: Reverbs with “Lingomania” (Gala – 1986), Notes (Gala – 1986), Grr…Expanders with “Lingomania” (Gala – 1987), Ask (Gala – 1987), Kick Off with Franco D'Andrea and Bruno Tommaso (Red Record -1989), Deep (Cam Jazz – 2003), Traps (Cam Jazz – 2007), Pure Immagination (Albòre – 2011)

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Live performance of Maurizio Giammarco's trio in the May 30, 1979 episode of the radio broadcast "Un certain discourse musica" by Pasquale Santoli, hosted by Filippo Bianchi and Gino Castaldo Maurizio Giammarco: tenor and soprano sax/Furio Di Castri: double bass/Roberto Gatto : drums The tape containing the trio's performance was shared by Maurizio Giammarco...

Enrico Pieranunzi & Chet Baker

In the photo the pianist Enrico Pieranunzi with the American trumpeter Chet Baker in 1980. In 1980 Chet Baker and Enrico Pieranunzi recorded the album "Soft Journay" (Edi-Pan) together at the Emmequattro Studios in Rome. The recording work represents an important document of the first meeting between the American trumpeter and the group of musicians of the Roman jazz scene:...

Transmission Concertation - Quintet Maurizio Giammarco

Performance of Maurizio Giammarco's quintet in the RAI broadcast "Concertazione", by director Enzo Trapani. The saxophonist's quintet was made up of Danilo Rea (piano), Giancarlo Maurino (saxophone), Enzo Pietropaoli (double bass), Roberto Gatto (drums) Contribution shared by Enzo Pietropaoli External links: Maurizio Giammarco Official Site Maurizio Giammarco Quintet – Festival “Jazz and surroundings” – Assisi...

RAI – Maurizio Giammarco Quintet

Esibizione del quintetto di Maurizio Giammarco negli studi della Rai nel 1978. Del quintetto del sassofonista facevano parte: Danilo Rea (pianoforte), Giancarlo Maurino (sassofono), Enzo Pietropaoli (contrabbasso), Roberto Gatto (batteria). Contributo condiviso da Maurizio Giammarco Collegamenti esterni: Maurizio Giammarco quartet – Bastia Umbra, 20 luglio 1979 Maurizio Giammarco & Mia Martini – “Come together”

Enzo Pietropaoli & Curtis Fuller

In the photo the trombonist Curtis Fuller together with the double bass player Enzo Pietropaoli during the concert of the "Trio di Roma" in 1982 (the pianist Danilo Rea and the drummer Roberto Gatto are not visible in the photo). In the same year, the Roman group recorded together with the American musician (collaborator of prestigious names in the history of jazz, such as Miles...

Next - Steve Grossman Music Inn Concert

Article appeared in the newspaper "Avanti" (December 1977) concerning the concert of the American saxophonist Steve Grossman at the Music Inn in Rome accompanied by the rhythm section formed by the pianist Danilo Rea, the double bass player Enzo Pietropaoli and the drummer Roberto Gatto. In the initial part, the article clearly highlights the trend of those years of "accompanying the foreign guest with musicians...

Quercia del Tasso workshop

In the photos, the "Laboratorio Quercia del Tasso" ensemble in concert in July 1978. In the 1978 edition of the Jazz Quercia del Tasso Festival, set up on the Gianicolo Hill in Rome, an orchestral workshop was organized which brought together musicians from different backgrounds and jazz backgrounds: Enrico Rava, Eugenio Colombo, Danilo Terenzi, Massimo Urbani, Noel McGhee, Steve Lacy, Steve...

Corriere della Sera – Chet Baker at the Music Inn

Article appeared in the newspaper “Corriere della Sera” (October 1980) regarding the concert by the American trumpeter Chet Baker at the Music Inn in Rome, accompanied by the quartet made up of the flautist Nicola Stilo, the pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, the double bass player Enzo Pietropaoli and the drummer Roberto Gatto The Music Inn of Pepito Pignatelli (descendant of a noble family, drummer...

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