Born in Naples, south Italy, Letizia grew up in an artistic family, which consisted of opera singers, musicians, actors and writers. Early on, her family moved from Naples to Como in the north of Italy. They carried their traditions and all of their musical wealth with them, but she learned the meaning of NOSTALGIA. This was one of the reasons she held tightly to her Neapolitan roots and culture, going back to Naples whenever she could and why she needed to infuse her culture into everything that she did.
Letizia starting dancing at age eleven, went to art school at thirteen and began showcasing her art and winning awards for her paintings at just fourteen years old. When she was fifteen, Letizia began traveling to London for the summers to study musical theatre. Continuing to dance, she became a dance instructor and choreographer at a very young age, while continuing to sing and act. She studied acting for 2 years and worked as an actress. Finally, because of her great love and passion for music, she decided to audition for the International Jazz Academy in Milan,out of 60 people who auditioned, she was one of only seven that was accepted to into the program. She studied for four years and became an assistant to the vocal professor in her fifth, "Master Year.” Letizia graduated with a Masters Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance.
After graduation, Letizia began working as a singer/songwriter, she took musical theater roles, like playing Anita in West Side Story, she acted in TV shows and sang with many well known and appreciated Italian Jazz musicians and lead in a Jazz Big Band. With a passion for all types of music, she listened to Opera, soundtracks, Jazz, Neapolitan songs, Broadway shows, Rock, Classical, Folk, Fusion, R&B and whatever music that moved her.
In 2009, Letizia met the legendary drummer and producer Lenny White, after a performance in Milan and expressed to him, her desire to fuse her roots and musical influences in a contemporary way. Intrigued by her ideas, Lenny asked her to send him some material, she did and the result (after two years of intense work) is her debut recording, "Introducing Letizia Gambi”(produced by Jando Music) This collaboration brought Letizia to New York , where she studied, wrote and recorded the album with many great musicians and an incredible line-up of "all star guests” that support her including, Ron Carter, Chick Corea, Gato Barbieri, Wallace Roney, Patrice Rushen, Gil Goldstein, Antonio Faraò and her co-collaborator and producer, Lenny White on drums.
To the outside world, the making of Introducing Letizia Gambi might have seemed like a fat pockets–funded cakewalk for a well–connected princess. From the inside, the harsh reality was a series of plot thickening roadblocks, deceit-riddled back stabs, hard-earned mercies and dire realizations. The most stunning of the latter is that shortly before the long and winding process of recording her debut, through mysterious and tragic happenstance, Letizia inexplicably lost the hearing in her right ear – a heavy secret she managed to keep from everyone until halfway through the sessions.
“I see it as ‘having a singularity’ " the singer states, "It’s hard but It’s my challenge, I don’t want sympathy. I want to be an example of someone that didn’t give up on her dream. I want to send a positive message to whoever will find obstacles on the path of life: don’t give up!"
Letizia performed as a guest with Lenny White and his band during his European Tour in 2011 she also opened the "Premio Biagio Agnes" Media Awards, a televised event on Raiuno channel, with a great "a cappella” performance. She performed sold out concerts in several clubs and festivals including the Blue Note in Milan and Casa del Jazz in Rome. Her album was on air in many US Jazz and World radio stations! Sold out also for her American performance debut in New York at the “Jazz Standard” as a guest with Lenny White’s trio, featuring Ron Carter on bass and Patrice Rushen on piano.
She represented Italy with her music in Japan at the Italian Cultural Institute in Osaka and Tokyo in December 2014.
Blue Monday, her new record released on February 2016 shows Letizia’s growth as musician and vocalist and leaves more space to her creativity with 5 originals she wrote together with Lenny White who still is her producer and mentor. The fusion between her roots and jazz tradition it’s still recognizable but it’s rarefied yet deep. A Tribute to the Neapolitan songwriter Pino Daniele who died recently but also to the iconic Sophia Loren, to the great Lelio Luttazzi , to Joe Henderson, George Gershwin and Amy Winehouse. All the covers have a very personal shape and all the arrangements are guided by the mastery of White and embellished by the participation of incredible line up of American musicians. Ron Cater, Gil Goldstein, Donald Vega, Dave Stryker, Helen Sung, John Benitez, Jisoo Ok,Hector Del Curto, Pete Levin to mention a few.
One of the original songs “Under the Moon” was released in Italy in December 2015 with Musica Jazz magazine as special preview in a cd tribute to Frank Sinatra for the centennial where Letizia was guest with many Italian great artists. She’s ready to tour with the new music. Another song "Back To Black" is included in the cd sample of the american magazine JAZZIZ Spring 2016. Letizia is now on tour presenting the new album in Europe.
"Letizia Gambi is a stunning vocalist!”
"...It was soooo nice to play with/for a singer that can really sing."
"Lenny White and Letizia Gambi have created the hippest musical address in Naples; at the intersection of Neapolitan music and jazz."
“Letizia is a new artist with an old soul. I’m always looking for new artists who have knowledge and respect of tradition but free spirited enough not to look at me crazy when I ask them to change it.Letizia Found me. She's really a human dynamo and the best student I ever had. Ladies and Gentlemen : Introducing Letizia Gambi!"
“Introducing Letizia Gambi is one of those dramatic arrivals that challenges categories and assumptions. It's a longer way of saying simply that this album is indeed a rare thing – one that deserves to be heard and considered according to its own merits.”
"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"
"Killer stuff that sets a sure footed course to tomorrow, this is the future of jazz vocal right now, and it's bad to the bone. Killer stuff delivered from all present for the date, this is sure to blow your ears wide open."
"This is a vocalist blessed with a sultry contralto, and is born with a talent to adorn words with ethereal beautiful inflections. There is fine use of dynamics and Gambi's approach is also to elegantly execute vocals without frills; just deeply felt emotions complemented with lilting loveliness. What a way to seal the human heart."
RAUL DA GAMA - LATINJAZZNET
E’ sempre la personalità a fare la differenza. Come nel caso di Letizia Gambi. L’album Blue Monday è un gioiello raro.
PAOLO GIORDANO - IL GIORNALE