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Showcase Artist - Roberto Vally, Los Angeles,CA

Bassist Roberto Vally was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, but nowadays is based in Los Angeles where two of his great passions :-playing music professionally and surfing come together.  

Roberto first exploded on to the music scene at the ripe old age of 9. His parents were amazed by his enthusiasm towards music whilst he was still in diapers, it was his 4th grade music teacher who discovered his natural born gift of perfect pitch and an uncanny aptitude for the acoustic bass.

With his enthusiasm to learn the electric bass he joined several neighbourhood bands, often playing for church dances, block parties and affairs, Roberto officially turned 'pro' by age of 11, hence the beginning of his long and masterful career as a world renowned bassist and songwriter.
During his formative years spent in New York City Roberto's musical talents were highly enriched through an in-depth exposure to many musical styles e.g. Classical, Jazz, Latin, Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop, Pop and Soul music which all became an integral part of his musical palette.

Years of traveling and performing with notable artists around the world have made Roberto's already broad repertoire, now one of outstanding magnitude. The combination of his innate groove, musicality, dexterity and worldwide playing experience make Roberto a world-class bass virtuoso, and as many will attest to, with a heart as big as his 6 string bass guitar.
Often you would find the young Roberto skipping classes to hang out in the 'band room', but in spite of his less than perfect conduct, he was honored with his junior high school's Music Honor Award. It was clear that Roberto was destined to pursue an education that centered on music.

From 1975 - 1978 he attended New York City's legendary High School of Music and Art, which was depicted in the TV serial Fame in 1980. He continued his education in music theory and classical bass by attending the highly acclaimed Julliard School from 1976 - 1978. There, most notably, he was mentored by the prominent professor and classical bassist, Homer Mensch.

Roberto loved every minute of his bass education, but the itch to perform and take his skills on the road eventually took hold of him. In 1979 he was approached by an R&B / Funk band that gigged in the US and Canada. His ferocious playing and charismatic stage presence were extraordinary and from then on there was no stopping him.

His skills and thirst for fun and adventure brought him overseas to Europe whereby he not only gigged, but mastered surfing and skiing. Perhaps unbeknown to him at the time in the midst of his playing on stage, on slopes and on surf boards, Roberto was building a remarkable set of 'chops' that come only from ' live stage ' experiences.

Further years of honing live performance skills really paid off when he auditioned with Spyro Gyra.

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Showcase Artist - Roberto Vally, Los Angeles,CA

Throughout 1987 and 1988 Roberto toured and recorded with the band performing in over 150 concerts in the US and around the world. He recorded Stories Without Words, which to this day is one of the group's most popular albums.

Touring continued for Roberto in 1990 when he joined Michael Franks on his Blue Pacific Tour which once again took him around the world.
With multiple musical opportunities growing in Los Angeles as well as his longing for the waves he decided to 'up sticks' and move to the West Coast where playing and surfing were two worlds that could once again be reunited.

Soon after moving to Los Angeles in 1991 he joined Bobby Caldwell in both his R&B and Big Band ensembles. To date Roberto plays regularly with Bobby, in the USA and abroad.
In 1993 he took to the stage with Randy Crawford as her bassist, but his adept demeanor and impressive musicality led Randy to appoint him as her Musical Director where he headed tours encompassing the US, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
From 1993 to date Roberto performed, and / or recorded with the following artists :- George Benson, Christopher Cross, Jeffrey Osborne, Bob James, Al Jareau, Hillary Duff, David Benoit, Boz Scaggs, Kirk Whalum, Bobby Caldwell, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, Jeff Golub, Peter White, Norman Brown, Paul Brown, Boney James, Rick Braun, Michael Lington, Richard Elliot, Joan Sebastian, Johnny Rivers, Euge Groove, Eric Darius, Anna Barbara, Alvaro Torres, Los Trio, Ricardo Arjona, Nils, et al.
Songs by Roberto have been recorded and performed by the following artists :- Bob James, Patti Austin, Boney James, Randy Crawford, Kirk Whalum, Michael Lington, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Nils, Ken Navaro, Jeff Kashiwa and Euge Groove.

Roberto's musical career has spanned decades, across music genres and nations and it continues to be a consummate 'work in progress'.

Roberto Vally currently resides in the suburbs of Los Angeles and endorses Performance Bass Guitars. He's a proud father of four and still surfs as often as his demanding schedule permits. He has also been co-writing songs recently with Rob Zinn, Justin Young, Paul Brown, Larry Carlton, Marion Meadows, and Najee.

Listen to Sound Samples from Roberto Vally
* Sabata ( Boom Boom Boom CD 2013 )
* Andaluzia ( Pure Lines CD 2017 )
* And Then She Said ( Tranquila CD 2020 )

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