Born in Rome on October 6, 1958, he has played all over Europe and the world with the group as international artists, Trio di Roma (Danilo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli) since his professional debut in 1975. In addition to a refined musical research and a perfect technical execution, groups on its behalf are characterized by the typical warmth of the Mediterranean culture; This undoubtedly makes Roberto Gatto one of the most interesting drummers and composers in Europe and worldwide.
He is certainly the most renowned Italian drummer abroad and boasts great partnerships with artists from the jazz industry and beyond. There are various collaborations as a sideman:
Chet Baker, Freddy Hubbard, Lester Bowie, Gato Barbieri, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Enrico Rava, Ivan Lins, Vince Mendoza, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joey Calderazzo, Bob Berg, Steve Lacy, Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, James Moody, Steve Grossman, Lee Konitz, Barney Wilen, Ronnie Cuber, Sal Nastico, Michael Brecker, Jed Levy, George Garzone, Tony Scott, Paul Jeffrey, Bill Smith, Joe Lovano, Curtis Fuller, Kay Winding, Albert Mangeldorff, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Kirkland, Stefano Bollani, Mal Waldron, Ben Sidran, Enrico Pieranunzi, Dave Kikosky, Franco D’Andrea, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Billy Cobham, Bobby Hutcherson, Didier Lockwood, Richard Galliano, Christian Escoude, Joe Zawinul, Bireli Lagrene, Palle Danielsonn, Scott Colley, Eddie Gomez, Giovanni Tommaso, Paolo Damiani, Emmanuel Bex, Pat Metheny, Adam Rogers, Rita Marcotulli, Niels Henning Pedersen, Mark Turner, Lew Tabackin, Chris Potter, Mike Moreno, Dado Moroni. Come leader ha registrato molti album: Notes, Fare, Luna, Jungle Three, Improvvisi, Sing Sing Sing, Roberto Gatto plays Rugantino, Deep, Traps, Gatto-Stefano Bollani Gershwin and more, A Tribute to Miles Davis Quintet, Omaggio al Progressive, The Music Next Door, Roberto Gatto Lysergic Band, and Remebering Shelly.
Over the years, he has composed music for the cinema, in particular with Maurizio Giammarco the soundtrack of “Nudo di donna” directed by Nino Manfredi, and, in collaboration with Battista Lena, the soundtracks of “Mignon è partita” , which has obtained five David di Donatello, “Verso Sera” and “Il grande cocomero”, all directed by Francesca Archibugi. In 1983, he was elected the first Italian drummer by the poll of the monthly magazine Fare Musica. In 1983 and 1987, with the Lingomania group, he won the Top Jazz referendum of the Musica Jazz magazine in the best group category.
In 1988, 1989, and 1990 he was in first place in the drummers’ category of “Your Favorite” by Guitar Club. In 2007, 2009 and 2010 he was voted the best drummer by the Top Jazz referendum of the Musica Jazz magazine. In 1993 he made two educational videos “Percussion vol. 1 and 2 “. He was the artistic director of Jazz in progress at the Teatro dell’Angelo in Rome. For over twelve years he has taught drums and ensemble music at Siena Jazz seminars.