|Katy Roberts Quintet
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Katy Roberts- Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger
Katy Roberts is known for her solo piano performances, her accompanying skills, and for her skills as a composer, arranger and bandleader. She trained in Boston, Mass. at Berklee College of Music in the late ‘70’s and in ’85 obtained a Masters of Music at New England Conservatory. In the 80s, she performed regularly as the solo pianist in the Weston and Sheraton hotels in Boston, and led her own groups, often including Alan Dawson, Gene Jackson, Billy Hart, Antonio Hart, Kurtis Rivers and Salim Washington. From 1988-1990 she was a professor at Berklee College of Music.
She moved to Paris in 1990. Since then, she has performed in concerts and clubs in and around Paris, in other parts of France and Europe and in Africa and the USA with her own trio, quartet and more recently, her quintet and septet. She has also performed as pianist with Ricky Ford, Sonny Simmons, Rasul Siddik, Oliver Johnson, and Mra Oma, among others. From 1993-2000, she toured in Europe as the pianist in the Ku-Umba Frank Lacy Quartet. After that, she performed with him in NYC with his big band, Octet and Quintet. She performed with her own quintet at the Maine International film festival (July, 2004) and with her own sextet at the Madagascar Jazz Festival (Oct., 2004.) She performed with the group Apex in July, 2005 at the Zanzibar International Film festival. In the summer of 2006 she toured the east coast of the USA to release her newest CD, “Live at Twins and More”, recorded in Washington D.C. and in Paris. She subsequently returned every September to perform with her quartet. This August she will perform in Warsaw, Poland with her quartet for the jazz festival. She is currently in Paris performing regularly with her trio, quartet and quintet, and as a side person for saxophonist Ernest K. Dawkins of the AACM, and trumpeter Rasul Siddik.
In 2009 Katy Roberts and Rasul Siddik co-produced his first CD as a leader , the "Rasul Siddik Now! Artet" on the Philolgy label. She will be touring the east coast of the US this September to release this new CD and also perform some of her music.
Recently Katy has recently recorded and independently produced three CD’s that are: Katy Roberts Septet, The Vibe, released in Jan., 2003, and Katy Roberts Quintet, Live à l’Archipel, released in April, 2004. Her last recording, “Katy Roberts Quintet Live at Twins and more” was released at the end of 2006. She has recently finished a quartet recording, "Katy Roberts Quartet, Steppin' Up" featuring the trumpeter Rasul Siddik, not yet released.
Katy is also a professor of Jazz Piano at the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris.
Discography: Rasul Siddik Now! Artet (Philology) 2009
Katy Roberts Quartet Steppin' Up (to be released)
Katy Roberts Quintet Live at Twins and More, 2006
Katy Roberts Quintet, Live à l’Archipel, 2004
Katy Roberts Septet, The Vibe, 2003
Rasul Siddik Quintet, music for the film “Art Brut” 2000
Katy Roberts, Trios, 1998
Mra Oma and Brotherhood, 1996
Ku-Umba Frank Lacy Quartet, Live at Moods, 1995