Roberto Zonca , better known as Robi Zonca ( November 28, 1955 ), is an Italian blues musician; he is an author, arranger, guitarist, bassist and singer.
Zonca began his career as a sideman playing with the band of Andy J Forest , whom he met in Paris in the 80s, then collaborating with Fabio Treves , Ginger Baker , Mia Martini , Ronnie Jones , Tolo Marton and many others. In 2003 he formed his band and published the album " Do you know? ", Which enjoyed great critical acclaim and above all radio broadcasting in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world.
Robi is convinced then to follow the solo career publishing in 2005 his second album " You already know " that follows in the footsteps of the first reaching the same results of criticism and airplay. During the promotional tour of the CD, which sees him as guest at many US radio stations in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans, Robi meets, in the city of Louisiana, the singer Big Luther Kent with whom he establishes a friendship and their following collaboration leads to the first Italian tour of Luther (accompanied by the band of Robi) and to the publication in 2006 of " Magic box ", live album recorded during the tour. In 2007 Zonca published " Rebel! " Recorded between New York and Milan with the collaboration of American and Italian instrumentalists among which the names of Bernard Pretty Purdie , Jerry and Jimmy Vivino , Big Luther Kent , Claudio Bazzari , Antonello Aguzzi (who co-produced together with Zonca all the albums published so far). On 27 March 2010 the album So Good was released, with guests including Luther Kent , Fabrizio Bosso and Sabrina Kabua . Coproduced with Paolo Filippi, and with the collaboration of Jantoman for the keyboards and arrangements of woodwinds and strings, the album, perhaps more than any other, is being imposed on specialized radio stations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and European in general. Excellent criticism also in his country of origin, Italy, where all the specialized press agreed to agree on the great quality of the music of Robi Zonca .
In 2014 he participated in the album "Ila and her fellows", an album of reinterpretations of traditional pieces of spiritual matrix, folk blues and old country created and produced by singer / songwriter Ila (singer) who stars with Ila, 16 musicians.
Also in 2014 comes to fill my soul the latest work by Zonca, co-produced artistically by Robi in a team with Jantoman and the faithful bassist Paolo Legramandi. 10 tracks, one cover only, Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You by Bob Dylan
Robi's band is currently formed by:
Robi Zonca voice and guitar
Paolo Legramandi bass and choirs
Nik Carraro guitar and choirs
Teo Marchese drums and choirs.
Antonello "Jantoman" Aguzzi keyboards and choirs Federico Duende percussion
(The biography above was translated from Italian to English using the Google translator application. The original text can be read here: Robi Zonca
Luther Kent was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. At age 14 Luther began singing professionally and signed with Louisiana based Montel Records. His first record was released under the name of Duke Royal, and the song was "I Wanna Know". Luther toured the country for a three year period while being managed by Walt Daisy who also handled Wayne Cochran & the C.C.Riders.
New Orleans blues singer, Luther KentIn 1970 Luther became lead singer for a group who previously was the rhythm section for Atlantic records at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida. This group became known as "Cold Grits" who was signed to Lou Adlers Ode Records in Los Angeles. Personal problems erupted within the group and Luther became bound to a lengthy contract. Shortly after the breakup of "Cold Grits" Luther was asked to come aboard as new lead singer for "Blood, Sweet & Tears". He did their world tour dates in 1974-75 and part of 76. During this time he learned he would not be granted a release from Ode records, therefore he was never allowed to record with the world famous group.
Luther now went solo to record his first album at Abby Road studios in London, England. The album is call "Luther Kent World Class" The album featured the Brecker Brothers with members from the London symphony and the London Philharmonic and was arranged by Dell Newman.
In 1978 Luther teamed up with former musical director for Wayne Cochran, Charlie Brent. They formed a large New Orleans horn band which became known as "Luther Kent & Trick Bag". This became the after hours band for many named artists to sit in with, whenever they were visiting New Orleans. Some of these artists included big names such as; Boz Scaggs, B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Page, Bonnie Bramlett, Greg Allman, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Stevie Winwood, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, Rita Coolidge, Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, ZZ Top, Rickie Lee Jones, Mick Fleetwood, Billy Preston, Ernie K-doe, Mike Post, Average White Band, AL Hirt, Billy Ekstein and Pete Fountain. Many good times were had while listening to Big Luther and told in such books later written by Jimmy Buffet and football great, Kenny "The Snake" Stabler. Luther was also written up in another book titled, " Up From The Cradles of Jazz".
During the ten year period of "Trick Bag" Luther released 3 CD's while winning a Cleo award with another Louisiana artist known to many as John Fred of "Judy In Disguise" fame. From doing many radio & TV commercials Luther is also a multi "Addy" award winner. In 1987 Dallas based Independent record promoter Ernie Phillips signed Luther to FM records. Ernie immediately introduced Luther to Grammy Award winning producer Mike Post who produced the album "Past Due". Mike being one of the hottest producers of TV themes later cast Luther in a singing role of the show "COP ROCK". Other product recently released on Luther has included an album called "Classic Songs". Two releases with the multitalented Texas/Louisiana based band know as "The Chicken Hawks" under the leadership of Jack Calmes featuring such greats as Al "TNT" Braggs and the "White Trash" horn section. The latest CD just released on Red Hot Records is titled, "Luther Kent "Down In New Orleans".
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