Troy Roberts

Troy Roberts was born and raised in Perth, West Australia and began playing the saxophone at age 13. He was granted an early entrance into the Conservatorium of Music at the age of 15, where he studied with Graeme Lyall, Roger Garood and Jim Cook and won the PJS Encouragement Award for two consecutive years. Troy also performed in Sydney for the 2000 Olympics and Manly Jazz Festival as a soloist with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra.

In 2001 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) degree winning the acclaimed Bob Wyllie Jazz Scholarship, the Melville Toyota Jazz Scholarship and traveled to Mount Gambier, South Australia winning the 2001 James Morrison Jazz Scholarship.

The following year he traveled to the United States to survey the New York music scene and to complete an Honors Degree at the University of Miami, studying with Ron Miller, Garry Keller, Whit Sidner, James Moody, Dave Leibman, Frank Foster and performed with names such as Ernesto Simpson, Silvano Monasterios and Kevin Mahogany. Troy also won 2 Downbeat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Soloist and Best Group Performance.

Upon Returning to Australia in 2003, Troy recorded live at the Sydney Opera House with James Morrison and over the next two years he toured Europe several times with Morrison, Sunil D'Silva (Sri Lanka), Simon Stockhausen (Germany) along with fellow WA musicians, Matthew Jodrell, Dane Alderson and Andrew Fisenden.

In 2004 Troy performed at the Fremantle Jazz Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival with trumpeter Ingrid Jenson (Canada) and drummer Jon Wikan (New York) before heading back to Europe with James Morrison to headline the Burghausen Jazz Festival in Germany. Other performances during 2004 include Troy as a soloist in front of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, performances with Gary Bartz (NY), Christoph Spendel (Germany), and his home residency at the Llama Bar with his new original band, "VOID" who performed Troy's original compositions to a full house every week for 4 years.

More recent awards include the 2005 WAMI (West Australian Music Industry) Award for "best jazz act" with Libby Hammer's "Hip Mo Toast", and the "2005 Perth Jazz Society's Best Original Jazz Act" with his original project, "VOID".

In between touring, session work, and maintaining a busy freelance schedule in Australia, Troy completed hist first album under Morrison Records and also recorded VOID's debut album in July before relocating to the USA in August 2005 where he is currently a Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami and is keeping busy working around Miami with original soul/R&B/hip-hop project, "Hot Pockit", R&B legend, Lauryn Hill, and jazz trumpet legend, Melton Mustafa.

Troy was back in europe three more times in 2006 with Australian jazz guru James Morrison, and again with VOID, and has just won yet another "Best Soloist Award" in Downbeat Magazine.

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Styles
  • Jazz
Instruments
  • Saxophone
Speciality
  • Functions & Events
  • Concerts