Born: June 3, 1989 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
John Troy has had a rich affinity towards the performance and development of his music since beginning the saxophone at age 12. After showing exceptional ability in the classical realm throughout middle school, with the tutelage of William Eicher, his attention gradually turned toward the study of Jazz Saxophone. Honing his skills with lead Alto saxophone for Concert and Jazz All-County Ensembles, and New York All-State Bands as well. Other honors include being selected for the AMA concert Europe tour, and selection to perform at major events such as the Midwest clinic, NYSBDA and NYSSMA clinics, and also consecutive Louis Armstrong Jazz Awards at the high school level for his jazz ability. While attending SUNY Fredonia, John played both lead alto and tenor in the Fredonia Jazz Ensemble, an award winning student run big band. He can be heard on a recent 2009 release of the FJE's, “Still Kickin”. Here he led his own small groups, “Jazz Quintessential”, and a organ trio, the JT Trio both with significant success. His summer 2009 session of his debut album “All Ahead Flank”, can be heard here, which displays his unique style and commitment to his craft. He continues to be active in the Buffalo and New York City regions, with appearances at the Ellicottville Jazz Festival, Fredonia Jazz workshops, as well as a recent stint in January, at the weekly Buffalo club Bobby McGee’s jazz night as the featured front man. Now based closer to New York City, at SUNY Purchase, John continues to develop his hard bop influenced style. He has performed/studied with the likes of Eric Alexander, Bruce Johnstone, Dave Schiavone, Grant Stewart, Ralph Lalama, Todd Coolman, Tim Armacost, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Stacy Dillard, Mike Dubaniewicz, Danny Hull, Mike Kaupa, Clay Jenkins, Hal Galper, Arturo O’ Farrell, John Bacon, Pete Malinverni, and Charles Blenzig. As he continues to find his musical way, certainly keep an ear out for this hungry alto-tenor warrior....
John Troy impresses everyone both on the stand and in the audience-Danny Hull
John plays his ass off, and posesses a wealth of musical information in his playing- Eric Alexander
Johns All Ahead Flank album truly sounds terrific- Dave Schiavone
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