John Roberts' many years of national and international touring, recording and performing experiences with Afro-Latin, Orchestral, Funk, Soul, Salsa, Pop, Jazz and R&B ensembles have led to this project. With vocals in Spanish, English and Portuguese, this group is melding energetic and contagious Funk, African and Latin dance grooves with instrumental solos, sharing musical diversity and positivity with the audience. The family-friendly band is continuously recording and booking for festivals, concerts, club dates and educational clinics. John's full bio is below.
Trombone, Piano, Rhodes/B3, Electric Bass, Vocals
John began playing the piano at the age of 5 while living on an isolated ranch in Southeastern Montana. At age 11, he picked up trombone to play in the grade school band. After graduating in 1996 from Montana State University Billings with a BA in Music Performance, John moved to Los Angeles to earn his Master of Fine Arts in Western Orchestral Trombone Performance from California Institute of the Arts.
Feeling equally comfortable in orchestral and commercial music realms, John has been touring, recording, and performing in Los Angeles, around the U.S. and around the world, including Mexico, India, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa. Tours include Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Congolese/Cuban), Bobby Womack (Soul), Los Pinguos (Argentine),The Temptations, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and others. Other performances and recordings include multiple Grammy events, Fallout Boy, Chris Botti, Feist, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Sting, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra Jr., Chaka Khan, Burt Bacharach, The Ojays, Cher, Christina Aguilera, NPR, PBS, Disney, and others.
After 17 years based in Los Angeles, John is currently on staff at MSU Billings teaching jazz, music theory, low brass and world music. He regularly works and performs as a clinician and guest artist in schools, continuing to hone his skills as an educator by sharing the “real world" of music with his students.
John is active in the Montana and Los Angeles performing and studio scenes as an arranger, bandleader, session player and composer. Recent projects include: "Straight Outta Compton", Ricardo Lemvo's new Cuban-West African album, and John's own world-fusion record "Soul y Pimienta", which blends Cuban, African and American soul and jazz elements.
When not dabbling in the world of music, John is likely found (or not found!) gallivanting about the mountains or prairie via foot, 4WD, skis or mountain bike.