Flautist, Clarinettist and Saxophonist Amy Roberts is a multi-award-winning musician based in Northamptonshire, UK.
Over the past 10 years, Amy has been regularly placed in the in the annual British Jazz Awards, winning the Rising Star Category in both 2009 and 2011, then topping the Miscellaneous category for her flute playing in 2015.
Amy has earned an enviable reputation throughout the UK and Europe as a charismatic performer, and has had the privilege to tour with some of the worlds best musicians.
After growing up in South-West Cornwall, Amy moved to Manchester to study classical saxophone with Rob Buckland at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music. In July 2011 she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. During her college life Amy was featured with the RNCM Big Band performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto, was awarded the Martyn Edwards Bursary (a scholarship for outstanding jazz performance) and was selected as the only woodwind student to perform in the finals of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition - the highest level competition at the college.
During Amy’s final year at the RNCM she was head hunted by internationally acclaimed trombonist Chris Barber to join his band, and in doing so became the first female musician in the history of the band. With the Big Chris Barber Band she toured throughout Europe for almost 4 years before moving on at the end of 2014 to focus on her own projects. Some highlights include a 3 day stint at Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland as the support act for Van Morrison and his band, playing on live TV in Germany and getting to perform in some of the most stunning concert halls in Europe.
As a freelance musician Amy’s performances have included concerts and tours with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band, London Swing Orchestra, Pete Long's Echoes of Ellington, Keith Nichols Blue Devils Orchestra and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra.
In 2016 Amy was handpicked to play flute as part of Grammy Award Winner Terence Blanchard’s band “The Inner City Ensemble” as part of their UK tour. In the same year 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.
Amy has played at top UK venues including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, the 100 Club, Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Halls, Bridgewater Hall and St David’s Hall. She has also lead her own bands and been a featured guest at jazz festivals including Swanage Jazz Festival, Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival, Pershore Jazz Festival, Twinwoods Festival, Bude Jazz Festival, Upton Upon Severn Jazz Festival, Bristol Jazz Festival, Ayr Jazz Festival, Abresoch Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival (Isle of White), Teignmouth Festival, as well as at classical music festivals such as Lake District Summer Music Festival, The Three Choirs Festival and Oundle Music Festival.
With the Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band Amy has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, in Antwerp, Flakey, and at the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland . She was also selected by American banjoist Cynthia Sayer to be part of her International All-Star Band “The Women of the World” during their Scandinavian tour in 2017.
In September 2017, the Amy Roberts/John Hallam Band were voted "Band of the Year" by Rochdale Jazz Society, a title previously won with the Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet in 2014. In November 2017 Amy performed with “Interchange” at the London Jazz Festival, a Dectet run by Issie Barrett which includes some of the UK’s finest female contemporary jazz musicians.
In education, Amy was involved in the Best Of Young Jazz Project from 2009 to 2015 as a mentor for young people in the Worcestershire area. During the scheme Amy worked alongside phenomenal bass player and educator Steve Berry, to inspire and teach the students taking part in the BoYJ Academy.
Amy was honoured to be featured and used as a 'cover girl' for a Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine after being interviewed by upcoming writer and musician William Upton. She has 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, Harrow Radio and RadioNeneValley. Amy has also given talks for various U3A groups on life as a touring musician.
New for 2018 is the Amy Roberts Quartet, which will be launched at this years Pershore Jazz Festival in August. The band consists of phenomenal pianist David Newton, virtuoso bassist Ashley John Long and world class drummer Nick Millward.
Amy is also currently working on a solo flute album for release early in 2019!