Grammy-nominee Troy Roberts joins NWSA Jazz Combos in Concert
MIAMI--- Grammy-nominee saxophonist, composer and arranger, Troy Roberts, joins the NWSA High School Jazz Combos, in a dynamic evening concert. With a total of 13 students, both combos will perform a mix of jazz standards and some of Troy’s original compositions. Concert will take place at First United Methodist Church of South Miami on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 PM (6565 SW 57 Avenue, Coral Gables). Admission to the concert is free.
"The program and level of musicianship here at New World School of the Arts really is a living affirmation to the fruitful future of this art form. I can’t wait to share the stage with these cats!!" eagerly affirmed Roberts who has been teaching master classes at NWSA this month. Two more classes are scheduled for October 23 and October 28.
Jim Gasior, Dean Music and Director of the Jazz Bands at NWSA, will be directing the Combo One performance on October 29. “Troy is a master musician and a spirited mentor,” said Gasior, “our students will be deeply changed by his presence with us.” Combo Two will be directed by Fernando Ulibarri.
Troy Roberts began playing the saxophone at age 13, and was granted an early entrance into The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at the age of 15. During this time, he won the PJS Encouragement Award for two consecutive years, performed at the 2000 Olympics, The Manly Jazz Festival, and other shows around Australia 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 the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship. The following year he completed an Honors Degree on a student exchange program at the University of Miami, studying with Ron Miller, Gary Keller, Whit Sidner, James Moody, Dave Leibman and Frank Foster. During this time, he also won 2 Downbeat Awards (“Outstanding Soloist” and “Best Group Performance”). Having composed an 8-part suite for jazz quartet and string quartet, Troy launched his latest album, “The XenDen Suite” in the USA whilst in L.A. as the only Australian semi-finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. An officially Grammy Nominated musician, Troy recently launched “The XenDen Suite” in his hometown of Perth, West Australia before relocating to the USA to further his career.
Under the direction of Jim Gasior, numerous jazz students have been recognized on a national scale. Among their most recent honors, the Jazz Ensemble participated in the Thelonious Monk Institute national Peer-To-Peer Jazz Education Program earlier this year, joining other students from across the nation. In addition, these fine jazz musicians had the honor of representing South Florida as they participated in Jazz Studio, a music series initiative held at The White House during last spring.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For more information about New World School of the Arts, visit nwsa.mdc.edu, or contact the Music Hotline at 305-237-7855.
Photo: Grammy-nominee saxophonist Troy Roberts
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