For March, the Coastal Jazz Association is excited to present a concert by Taylor Roberts to be held on Sunday, March 19th at 5 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on Hutchinson Island. Roberts will present a solo set and a trio set, adding Billy Hoffman on drums and Mitch Hennes on bass.
Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Taylor found himself in an ideal location for nurturing his musical career. Since the age of four, music has been the most important thing in Roberts’ life, for it was then that he met and fell in love with the piano. The mysterious instrument produced the most amazing sounds with the simple press of a key. Though he had been on the planet for a mere four years, his young heart knew that he simply had to master this instrument, and so it was quickly arranged for him to study privately with a teacher at home.
After nine years of lessons and picking out songs from records to play on the piano, at the age of thirteen he got his first guitar. Though he would always admire the piano, it was clear to him that he had found the instrument of his dreams and would make the guitar his primary focus. The supportive local music scene allowed him to play in various bands throughout high school, with sounds ranging from punk and ska to rock and Blues. At the age of sixteen Roberts discovered Jazz.
After high school, he pursued a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Today, he performs and teaches full-time, and has become well-respected among his peers. Multiple performances at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and thousands of other gigs throughout the Southeast have helped to build his musical reputation. In 2008, he released a solo guitar album entitled “Short Story.” The praise and recognition he received for the recording has helped to make him a ‘first call’ guitarist in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas. Additionally, he was afforded the opportunity in 2009 to travel to Japan, Russia, and the Dutch Harbor performing with the Christian Tamburr Quintet. Other jazz stalwarts he’s performed with include Bucky Pizzarelli, Linda Cole, Gary Foster, Sal Lozano, Kevin Bales, Tim Hagans, Jon Weber, Toscha.
For Taylor, as for so many of us, music was an oasis throughout his tumultuous teenage years. Members of CJA and students with valid IDs admitted free / Non-Members – $20