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 and 2 consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards, a Grammy Nomination medal for his performance on Sammy Figueroa’s “The Magician”, 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 in Europe and the US extensively with artists such as Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Orrin Evans, Dave Douglas, Sammy Figueroa, Ari Hoenig, Ignacio Berroa and Robby Ameen 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 greats Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta and Zakir Hussein for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever International Jazz Day at NYC’s UN General Assembly Hall. More recently he was also part of Hancock’s 2014 International Jazz Day held at Osaka Castle Park, Japan, sharing the stage with jazz luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spaulding, Sheila E, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Celebrating his 5th record as a leader, Nu-Jive 5, Troy is based in New York City and continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe.
“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