Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist Troy Roberts has received numerous accolades including 3 DownBeat SM Jazz Soloist Awards, 2 Grammy Nominations, and was 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 Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Joey DeFrancesco, James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Christian McBride, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Hart, 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 International Jazz Day at The UN, NYC. 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, Esperanza Spaulding and John Scofield.
Troy is based in New York City, maintains a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe with some of the greatest jazz artists of today, and is currently celebrating his 12th release as a leader, 'Stuff I Heard' (Toy Robot Music).
“Roberts’ music seems to have been crafted by a superior musical intellect with a grasp of history and context as well as a sense of time and place, and – above all a sense of poetry, the ability of a storyteller and a wonderful sense of timing.”
“Stuff I Heard is full of beefy horn sections, with an energy that suggests what you might hear from big band jazz. If you didn’t know the story behind this album, you’d probably guess that a quartet or quintet were playing at the very least. That’s impressive enough, but it’s the music that matters here. And in this case, it’s superb.”
-The Vinyl Anachronist
“Troy Roberts possesses a robust flexibility and dexterity that serves as a very convincing sonic calling card