“The Thad and Mel Big Band Christmas Migratory Patterned Secular Show" featuring Troy Roberts and Brandon Allen
Tuesday 19 December 7.00pm
This all-star Perth big band returns with ex-pat jazz super stars Troy Roberts (NY) and Brandon Allen (UK) in town for the season and a rollicking night of big band fun.
17 people all on stage at once all blowing solos, shouting at each other (mostly in encouragement) and playing the roof off just days before everyone shuts down for a couple of weeks and the only work they do is wiping off the residue from their Auntie’s excited kisses.
Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, Troy Roberts has won four consecutive Downbeat Jazz Soloist Awards, two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards was the only Australian finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, and has received a first Grammy Nomination Medal. He has performed around Europe and the US extensively with artists such as James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Christian McBride, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans and Kurt Elling, Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spaulding, Sheila E, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater to name a few, and also completed a Masters Degree at The University of Miami.
Brandon Allen, originally from Perth has established himself as one of the top call saxophonists in the bustling London music scene. He has performed with Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Paloma Faith, Neil Diamond, US3, Antonio Forcione, Jason Rebello, Omar, Hamish Stuart, Kyle Eastwood, Mike Nock, Liane Caroll, Dennis Rollins, Gwyneth Herbert, Rumer, Keith Tippett, Tony Hadley, Candi Staton, Adrian Utley(Porteshead), The BLOCKHEADS, Tony Christie, John Etheridge, Soweto Kinch, Sharlene Hector, Joe Cang, Z Star, Gareth Williams, Will Vinson, Guy Barker, Natalie Williams, Mike Janisch, Laurence Cottle Big Band, Claire Martin, BBC Big Band, Jesse Van Ruller, Stan Tracey, Pete King, Darius Brubeck, Gerard Presencer, Mike Outram, Jim Mullen, Phil Robson, Ronnie Cuber, Lew Soloff, Mark Nightingale, Richie Cole, Reel People, Benjamin Herman, Nigel Hitchcock and others.
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