Roberto Tola is an international awarded jazz and smooth jazz guitarist, composer and studio recording artist.
Roberto was born and raised in Sassari, in the nice and breathtaking Sardinia Island (Italy); began studying music when he was just six years old and in the 1976, at the age of 10, Roberto studies Cello in the Conservatory of Music in Sassari. Four years later continues his studies of Modern and Jazz Guitar and establishes the sextet named JAZZMANIA. For this band composed and arranged all musics collected in the Album “Preludio” in 1985. From 1989 is member of the Italian “Blue Note Orchestra”, and from 1991 up to 2012 is the official guitar of the “OJS” (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 a big orchestra for the National Competition “Canzonissima 2000” including 26 musicians, a big band with strings section, which writes and arranges 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; the famous singers Jill Saward, Norma Winstone, David Linx and Gegè Telesforo. The trumpetists Tom Harrel, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava; great Bassist Steve Swallow, Saxes Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets), Andy Sheppard, Javier Girotto; 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 “On The Corner” by the famous and legendary English jazz-funk band Shakatak, and also with the English singer Jill Saward in her last CD album “Endless Summer” and the single “M is for Manhattan”, both released in June 2016.
On May 2017 Roberto released his debut album, titled BEIN’ GREEN, dedicate to his island Sardinia. This project features some international well known guest stars as Bob Mintzer, Najee, Bill McGee, Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward and Tim Collins. After only three months from the album release, the album got the top of many Jazz, Smooth Jazz Charts all around the world:
#1 of the Official British Smooth Jazz Charts
#2 in the Ontario Smoothest Grooves Chart;
#2 of the Australian TOP 30 Best Album Charts,
#4 in USA on the SmoothJazz.com Radar Chart and Indie Chart
#5 of the TOP 50 Aìbum Chart.
#1 of the Sri Lanka iTunes Chart.
#1 of the Italian Jazz in Family Network Charts (TOP Jazz Albums)
#1 of the Thunder Music Radio Jazz Charts (Italy)