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Troy Roberts, an Aussie With Tropical Sensibilities Hits the Van Dyke This Thursday

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Troy Roberts is a jazz musician who followed his heart's lead from Perth, Australia to the sunny promise of South Florida. His weapon is the saxophone. He's currently on the part-time staff at the University of Miami. And his accolades stretch from the Great Down Under to the continental USA.

Those laurels include two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards (WAMI), two Downbeat Jazz Soloist Awards as well as appearances on Sammy Figueroa's Grammy-nominated album The Magician. He's also worked with current luminaries like Robby Ameen, Rodney Whitaker, Carl Allen, and Lauryn Hill.

He's a smooth player in the classical sense, invoking feelings of warmth and sheer gusto on the sax. While noted as a strong soloist, Roberts's quartet showcases his innate musical ability and ear -- not to mention his composing and arranging skills.

This Aussie's a young dude to keep an eye on. Catch him tomorrow night in the cozy upstairs confines of the Van Dyke.

The Troy Roberts Quartet. Thursday, March 10. Van Dyke Café, 846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. The show starts at 9 p.m. Call 305-534-3600 or visit thevandykecafe.com.

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