The University of Arizona
1017 North Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85719
The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music presents “Faculty Jazz Night,” with special guest Troy Roberts, saxophone on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Performing in this concert are Angelo Versace, piano; Kelland Thomas, saxophone; Jason Carder, trumpet; Moisés Paiewonsky, trombone; Chris Wabich, drums and Jack Wood, bass. This concert is supported by Dr. Shu ching Cheng and Prof. Edward Reid.
This performance is part of the 37th Annual AzJazz Week, featuring six concerts. Daily performances will take place starting Sunday, March 8 through Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Please see full schedule of events listed below. The jazz studies area at the UA School of Music is under the direction of Angelo Versace, who recently joined the faculty in fall 2014.
Troy Roberts – saxophone/composer/educator
Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has received numerous awards including three consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards and two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards, a Grammy nomination medal for his performance on Sammy Figueroa’s “The Magician,” and was the only Australian semi-finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree at the young age of 19, he has performed around Europe and the United States extensively with artists such as James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans, Ari Hoenig, Ignacio Berroa and Robby Ameen to name a few, and also completed a master’s degree at the University of Miami. In 2012, he shared the stage in an international septet composed of jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta and Zakir Hussein for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever International Jazz Day at NYC’s UN General Assembly Hall. More recently he was also part of Hancock’s 2014 International Jazz Day held at Osaka Castle Park, Japan, sharing the stage with jazz luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spaulding, Sheila E, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Celebrating his latest record, “Nu-Jive 5,” Troy is based in New York City, continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe, and is preparing for the release of his sixth record as a leader, “Secret Rhymes” (featuring Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. www.troyroberts.com