Two-time Grammy nominated Australian saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts is based in New York City, maintaining a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe with some of the greatest jazz artists of today including Joey DeFrancesco’s new quartet, ‘The People’, Joey DeFrancesco Trio, The Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts Quartet, and is currently celebrating his 8th record as a leader, Nu-Jive Perspective (Inner Circle Music).
Graduating with a Bachelor of Music at the young age of 19, he has extensively performed with artists such as: James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Christian McBride, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, 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, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Troy Roberts’ latest release Nu-Jive Perspective is the convening of five soulful beings who take the listener on a creative journey through the architecture of Troy’s original compositions. The music is an eclectic, yet head-bopping concoction of Soul, Funk, R&B and Gospel music, all musically glued together by each member’s deep sense of Jazz etiquette. This particular lineup tours as Roberts’ ‘NU-JIVE’ band – an outfit that has captured the attention of many of the jazz luminaries he now works with, and although this is his 8th record as a leader, it is his 3rd album with this configuration of five best friends from around the globe.