June Jazz to Feature Roberta Gambarini, Byron Stripling and the Elmhurst U. Jazz Band

June 2, 2021 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini and acclaimed trumpeter Byron Stripling, performing with the renowned Elmhurst University Jazz Band, will headline Elmhurst University’s 25th Annual June Jazz concert on Saturday, June 19.

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, drinks and a picnic to this free outdoor concert, at 6:30 p.m. on the Mall of Elmhurst University’s lovely arboretum campus. Socially distanced seating will be encouraged. Guests are welcome to come early and enjoy this celebration of summer and the arts.

More about the performers:

Described as a dynamic entertainer with virtuosic vocal chops, Roberta Gambarini has performed with Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Hank Jones, Christian McBride, Russell Malone and many others. Born in Torino, Italy, Gambarini has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as at international jazz festivals. Her albums Easy to Love and So in Love were nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album.


Byron Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra. He has played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry and Louis Bellson, in addition to The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and The GRP All Star Big Band. Currently, Stripling is artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra.


  • Under the direction of Grammy Award winner Doug Beach, the Elmhurst University Jazz Band has performed around the world and has appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival and many others. DownBeat magazine, the nation’s leading jazz publication, recently named the Elmhurst University Jazz Band the Student Music Award winner in the Large Jazz Ensemble category for undergraduate institutions.

For questions, email barbv@elmhurst.edu or call (630) 617-3611. This event is presented by Elmhurst University and PNC Bank.

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