Troy Roberts


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About Me


“My life is, and always has been music – essentially traveling the world, performing and recording with some of the greatest artists in the industry. The most rewarding element in the process of imparting my knowledge, is to bear witness to the discoveries that facilitate my students to grow and fall in love with music as much as I have.”


Troy Roberts is a Lecturer at the FROST School of Music, teaching Jazz Saxophone, Sophomore Jazz Theory with an emphasis on Composition, and is the director of the 1951 Ensemble. Jazz Times Magazine said of him, “Roberts, though young in age, certainly has an arsenal of abilities under his belt, and has the makings and foundation of a lasting great saxophonist. Versatile in style, with a strong grasp of yesterday and today, he is a force to be reckoned with no matter the setting. He is more than one to watch, he is one to follow closely.”

Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist Troy Roberts has received numerous accolades including three DownBeat SM Jazz Soloist Awards, two Grammy Nominations, and was a 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, Billy Hart, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans and Kurt Elling to name a few, and also completed a Masters Degree at The University of Miami. As an educator, Professor Roberts has presented numerous master classes and clinics at prestigious colleges, conservatoriums, and universities around the world.

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, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spaulding, and John Scofield. As a long-time New York City resident, Troy has maintained a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe with some of the greatest jazz artists of today and is currently celebrating his twelfth release as a leader, Stuff I Heard (Toy Robot Music).



Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience

Career Highlights

  • Recordings and extensive world tours with Joey DeFrancesco Trio, the Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts Quartet, the Kurt Elling Quintet, Van Morrison, and various others.
  • Performed at Herbie Hancock’s UNESCO International Jazz Day – UN General Assembly Hall, NYC (2012) and Osaka Castle Park, Japan (2014).
  • Performances at notable venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz, The Kennedy Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie Kohln, Blues Alley, Jazz Alley, The Blue Note, Ronnie Scotts, Porgy & Bess, The Village Vanguard, Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, The Jazz Standard, Carnegie Hall, Yoshi’s, Keystone Korner, Jazz At The Bistro, The MIM, SF Jazz, The Jazz Showcase, and nearly all major jazz clubs in the world.
  • Performances at prestigious national and international festivals including Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Pittsburgh Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival, Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival, The Jazz Cruise, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, John Coltrane Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, EBE Jazz Festival, Elo Jazz Festival, Pontevedra Jazz Festival, Ystad Jazz Festival, Kampen Jazz Festival, and nearly all major jazz festivals in the world.

Honors, Awards & Competitions

  • Grammy Nominations for performances on Sammy Figueroa’s The Magician, Joey DeFrancesco’s Project Freedom, and twelve critically acclaimed albums as a leader.
  • Winner of James Morrison Jazz Scholarship 2001, Semifinalist in 2008 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, 2nd place winner in 2016 Wangaratta International Saxophone Competition.
  • Exclusive artist endorsement by Vandoren.



  • Stuff I Heard (2020)
  • Days Like These (2019)
  • Nu-Jive Perspective (2018)
  • Tales & Tones (2017)
  • Secret Rhymes (2015)
  • Nu-Jive 5 (2013)
  • Nu-Jive (2011)
  • The XenDen Suite – Live DVD (2010)
  • The XenDen Suite (2008)
  • Soul Garbage (2006)
  • VOID (2005)
  • VOID, Live At The Llama Bar DVD (2004)

Featured artist and sideman on over fifty recordings, including:

  • three albums by Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts
  • two albums by Joey DeFrancesco (both Grammy Nominated)
  • two albums by Van Morrison
  • one album by Kurt Elling
  • two albums by James Morrison
  • two albums by Robby Ameen
  • two albums by Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band (one Grammy Nominated)
  • one album by the Terraza Big Band (Grammy Nominated)
  • two albums by Sammy Figueroa (one Grammy Nominated)