About

Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has received numerous awards including 3 consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards, a Grammy Nomination medal, and was the only Australian semi-finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music at the young age of 19, he has performed around Europe and the US extensively with artists such as James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Christian McBride, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans and Kurt Elling to name a few, and also completed a Masters Degree at The University of Miami. In 2012, he shared the stage in an international septet comprised of jazz giants Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta and Zakir Hussein for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever International Jazz Day at The UN, NYC. More recently he was also part of Hancock’s 2014 International Jazz Day held in Osaka, Japan performing with jazz luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spaulding, Sheila E, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Troy is based in New York City and maintains a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe with some of the greatest jazz artists of today. He’s a regular member of both The Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts Quartet and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts’ ‘Blue 5’, is also the newest member of Joey DeFrancesco’s new quartet, ‘The People’, and is currently celebrating his 7th record as a leader, Tales & Tones (Inner Circle Music).

“Roberts’ sixth release as a leader, “Secret Rhymes” is confirmation that redefinition of familiarity is entirely possible, and this will long be considered a new standard for years to come. This project embodies the spirit of contemporary improvised music in its purest and most urgent state, while maintaining the characteristics of nurturing and delicacy that give it balance and scope.”

– Greg Osby

“Roberts is a boisterous and effusive player, conversant but not busy. ‘Secret Rhymes’ has a bounce to it and Roberts excels here as a leader, with an awesomely arranged album with just a touch more arch than one can legally call straight-ahead.”

– DownBeat Magazine

“Whilst it’s not common to display virtuosity, it’s even rarer to be wonderfully creative while doing so. But the rarest of all gifts is to have a unique voice; a sound that is unmistakably your own, Troy Roberts has this gift. He amply demonstrates that it’s possible to pay homage to the great tenor players of jazz and still create a fresh approach that leaves the listener always in anticipation of what he’ll come up with next.” 

– James Morrison

“While jazz is so strongly identified as swing, it is nice to see the next gen carving out their sound and ideas. Roberts, along with his well-equipped ensemble, is certainly up to the task – creating a jazz record that employs great playing and abundant ideas. Roberts, though young in age, certainly has an arsenal of abilities under his belt, and has the makings and foundation of a lasting great saxophonist. Versatile in style, with a strong grasp of yesterday and today, he is a force to be reckoned with no matter the setting. He is more than one to watch, he is one to follow closely.” 

– JazzTimes Magazine

“…Substance and style will triumph over pretentiousness and ego every time. Roberts has a resume that will certainly make one sit up and take notice having shared the stage with such luminaries as Nicholas Payton, Orrin Evans and John Clayton. Nu-Jive 5 is Roberts fifth release as a leader and is brimming with vitality and that certain pop of originality that separates the “artist” from the “musician”…” 

– Critical Jazz

 

2010
Perth Jazz Society Member’s Choice Award
Perth Jazz Society Best Jazz Performance Award (Troy Roberts Double Quartet)
Downbeat Student Music Award – Jazz Soloist

2009
WAMI Award – Best Original Jazz Act (VOID)

2008
Grammy Nomination (for performance on ‘The Magician’)
Semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition
WAMI Award – Best Original Jazz Act (VOID)

2007
WAMI Award – Best Original Jazz Act (VOID)
Downbeat Student Music Award – Best Group Performance
Downbeat Student Music Award – Jazz Soloist

2006
Downbeat Student Music Award – Best Group Performance
Downbeat Student Music Award – Jazz Soloist

2005
Perth Jazz Society Award – Best Original Jazz Act (VOID)
WAMI Award – Best Original Jazz Act (Hip Mo Toast)

2003
Downbeat Student Music Award – Jazz Soloist

2001
James Morrison Jazz Scholarship
Melville Toyota Jazz Scholarship
Bob Wyllie Jazz Scholarship

2000
Perth Jazz Society Encouragement Award

1999
Perth Jazz Society Encouragement Award

  • 2016 – The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music – jazz saxophone
    • –  The James Morrison Academy Of Music – Artist In Residence
  • 2015 – The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music – jazz saxophone
    • –  The University Of Arizona – Artist In Residence
    • – Berry College – Artist In Residence
    • – The University Of North Florida, Jacksonville – Artist In Residence
  • 2014 – The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music – jazz saxophone
  • 2013 – The University Of Maine at Augusta – Artist In Residence
  • 2012 – University of Miami – jazz saxophone, ens. director
  • 2011 – University of Miami – jazz saxophone
    • –  Slippery Rock University – Artist In Residence
  • 2010 – University of Miami – jazz saxophone
    • –  New World School Of The Arts – Artist In Residence
  • 2009 – West Australian Academy of Performing Arts – jazz sax, ensemble director
  • 2008 – West Australian Academy of Performing Arts – jazz sax, ensemble director
  • 2007 – University of Miami – jazz sax, freshman ear-training & improv., ens. director
  • 2006 – University of Miami – jazz sax, freshman ear-training & improv., ens. director
  • 2005 – West Australian Conservatorium of Music – jazz saxophone
    • –  Wesley Collegesaxophone
    • –  University of Miami – jazz sax, freshman jazz ear-training, ens. director
  • 2004 – West Australian Conservatorium of Music – jazz saxophone

 

Troy Roberts plays;

Vandoren products exclusively – V16 T9 mouthpiece, V16 3.5 reeds & MO gold brushed ligature.
..also endorses Handcrafted mouthpieces by Thomas Woodwinds.
1932 Sliver Plated Conn Chu-Berry Tenor saxophone.
Custom Handmade Soprano saxophone by Thomas Inderbinen.
 
other horns:
FOR SALE: Custom Handmade Tenor saxophone by Thomas Inderbinen. (click HERE to hear)
Yamaha YTS-21 Tenor Saxophone (click HERE to hear)