Amy Roberts



Amy, from near Penzance, West Cornwall, was voted winner of the Miscellaneous Category in the 2015 British Jazz Awards, and the Rising Star Category in the British Jazz Awards in both 2009 and 2011. She has played all over the UK and throughout Europe at prestigious clubs and festivals, and is well known on the jazz circuit as a charismatic performer on flute, clarinet and saxophones. Amy currently leads her own bands featuring some of the most exciting musicians on the jazz scene, as well as making guest appearances with other highly acclaimed ensembles.

In 2007 she was offered a place to study classical saxophone at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In July 2011 she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree, and was awarded an astonishing mark of 89% in her final recital held in the RNCM Concert Hall. She studied saxophone with Rob Buckland, flute with Richard Davis and Rowland Sutherland, and performed with the RNCM Big Band under the direction of Mike Hall. Amy was featured with the RNCM Big Band performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto in December 2010. During her final year of study, she was awarded the Martyn Edwards Bursary which was a scholarship for outstanding jazz performance. She was also selected as the only woodwind student to perform in the finals of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, the highest level competition at the college.

She has been part of the Best Of Young Jazz Project in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, as a mentor for young people in the Worcestershire area. During the scheme Amy has worked alongside phenomenal bass player and educator Steve Berry, to inspire and teach the students taking part in the BoYJ Academy. In 2015 she was once again involved with the Best of Young Jazz, performing in their very own marquee at the Upton Jazz Festival in June, as well as helping educate and encourage the young people who may well be the next generation of jazz musicians . She has also been involved in educating young saxophonists in Anglesey during their Summer Residential Course in 2011 and 2012 run by the Local Education Authority.

Amy was honoured to be featured and used as a 'cover girl' in the Autumn 2011 Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine, after being interviewed by upcoming writer and musician William Upton. She has since been a featured artist in JazzWise, PhoneBox, Lady, Just Jazz Magazines and various newspapers, as well as taking part in interviews on several regional BBC radio stations, PlayjazzUK and Radio Nene Valley. 

In January 2011 she became the first female musician to join the Big Chris Barber Band and has spent the past four years touring with them throughout some of the most highly regarded concert venues in Europe. Some highlights of being in the band include a 3 day stint at Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland as the support act for Van Morrison and his band, and playing live for TV in Stuttgart, Germany.  At the end of 2014 she left the Barber band to focus on her own career.

As a freelance musician Amy’s performances have included concerts with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The London Swing Orchestra, Pete Long's Echos of Ellington, Keith Nichols Blue Devils Orchestra and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra. She has been lucky enough to play alongside musicians such as Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Roy Willliams, Greg Abate, Mike Hall, Enrico Tomasso, Jeff Barnhart, Jim Fryer, Chris Farlow, John Crocker, Andy Fairweather Low, and many more. Recently she was part of a special band put together to support the incredible talent Alex Vargas, an R&B Soul singer from Los Angeles, USA during his trip to the UK. She’s also part of powerhouse trombonist Ian Bateman’s soul and funk group “Kick Ass Brass” on baritone sax. Amy regularly performs with the UK's most authentic Committments Tribute Band - The Committed!

During 2015 she has also become involved with a new movement to encourage women jazz musicians to choose being a professional musician as a career path. It is led by Issie Barrett from the National Youth Jazz Collective and the group of women at the meetings include the most well respected female musicians and vocalists in the country. 

Amy's current projects include the Magnificent 7 Jazz Band, and the Richard Exall/Amy Roberts Quintet. In 2014 The Magnificent 7 released their debut album "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!" and 2015 brought the release of their second album “A Jazz Odyssey”, an eclectic CD to suit every musical taste. The Richard Exall/ Amy Roberts Quintet released  their album "Why Not?", and will shortly be recording a new CD dedicated to the music of Earl Bostic and Johnny Hodges.

The Richard Exall/ Amy Roberts Quintet were voted "Band of the Year" at the Rochdale Jazz Society for 2014!