Kelvin Roy

Kelvin grew up in Flint, Michigan. His father was from New Zealand and relocated to the United States after travelling there as a Fulbright scholar. Kelvin had copious lessons on piano and trombone, plus some voice training from an early age. He attended Flint Central High School, playing in many school bands and he was active in drama as well. He also taught himself how to play other brass instruments like baritone and bass trumpet. The latter—also called a marching valve trombone—became his main instrument. Since his father was an arts critic, he was able to see many first class acts as a child. Later, he went on the road with a couple popular funk and jazz bands playing clubs after attending Michigan State University.

Then he moved to South Lousiana and had some amazing musical experiences, sometimes literally out in the swamps. He became engrossed in the pot pourri of country/rock/southern r&b/jazz performing around the state at festivals and in clubs. After a few years he went west to California, following Horace Greeley's advice. There, he played mostly Motown, jazz and Latin in a variety of settings with artists like Matt Catingub and Brenton Woods.

He decided to move to New Zealand, to discover more about his roots. The jazz scene was popular and he got involved. He also founded a Latin group. Then there was some time in San Fransisco playing jazz. He also worked with Janice Pendarvis (of Sting fame) in New York. Back in New Zealand he started a band called Gyrotayshin and they put out an album of his compositions. He also did studio work for other labels and producers. Then he started the popular BlueStars band. And he founded a group called the Jews Brothers Band, which did klezmer music. This band also became popular and put out an album - one of the first CDs in the world to have CD-rom video and music on the same disc.

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Kelvin Roy Around the World of Music CD

“KELVIN ROY & BLUESTARS also find “Tramp” the epitome of hip, using it to open AROUND THE WORLD OF MUSIC Live at the Loaded Hog (Martian Music 004). Recorded live in an Auckland night spot, this sounds like a credible tourist lounge act”—Dave Dupont, Cadence Magazine

“Roy delivers cool, muted, crooning vocals.”—Javier Antonio Quinones Ortiz, All About Jazz

“Kelvin Roy & Bluestars mix of original pieces and old standards is a jazz release firmly rooted in its Auckland locale”—Mark Sariban, Air New Zealand Panorama

“We received and added this fine jazz CD.”—Sybil Augustine, WORT, Madison, Wisconsin

The whole thing is a pleasant album best enjoyed on a summer afternoon Graham Reid—NZ Herald, e.g

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Primary Instrument

Various

Location

Wellington

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Taught high school/college instrumental music and a few private lessons.

Discography

Overlap

Overlap

Martian Music
2015

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Teamwork

Teamwork

Martian Music
2014

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Amazing Animals

Amazing Animals

Martian Music
2013

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Thinks We Love to Do

Thinks We Love to Do

Martian Music
2013

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Holidays

Holidays

Martian Music
2012

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Jollytime

Jollytime

Martian Music
2011

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