Tim Roberts Sax

Emerging from a solid background in the Rock’n Roll, Rhythm & Blues and the 1960’s  Jazz Renaissance Movement in London, Canada, which led to lengthy engagement at Expo ’67 in Montreal, Tim’s musical career has included shows with Roy Orbison, Ronnie Hawkins, Sherisse Lawrence and a musical directorship with two former members of “The Platters”.

He toured North America as music director of the showband “Explosion” who were part of the entertainment for Ronald Readan’s Republican Party Convention in Detroit/Windsor in 1980.

For fifteen years, Tim augmented his performing career with a career in Music Education for two school boards, a Community College in Hull, Quebec and conducted a Community Concert Band for Kitigan Zibi Algonquin Nation in Quebec.  His “Heritage College Big Band” won gold in the Canadian Stage Band Competition, performed in the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and was commissioned by Duke Ellington’s family to perform some of Ellington’s religious works with his children, Edward and April Ellington.

Tim was the featured reed-player with the “Savoy Ellingtons”, working in two Montreal International Jazz festivals and opening the Baie Comeau Jazz Festival with them. With them, he performed a special Commemorative, featuring Ellington’s Sacred Music, hosted by the US Consul-General, on the anniversary of 9/11 in Montreal.

Recently, he has performed with Dan Ackroyd in his Elroy Blues persona and the legendary Funk Brothers who were the studio musicians for most of the Motown hits in the 60’s and 70’s.  He is also a performer/producer with Perth, Ontario original band, “Tell Mama ~ Kick Ass Jass”.

Currently, Tim performs in his own venues, and as a member of Dr. Chris Alfano’s La Salle Concert Band.  He tours with award-winning British blues guitarist Otis Grand and is active as an “Artist in Residence” with the Ottawa International Bluesfest “Blues in the Schools” program as well as teaching Saxophone Performance at St. Lawrence Copllege, Kingston, ON.

His unique sound can be heard on many Ottawa/Kingston produced CDs including the Galaxy Radio “1 hit “Fire and Soul”, Ila Vann’s “Can’t Help Loving…”, Ross Mclaughlan’s “Not Just Ragtime” and others, and he is a regular performer with James MacKenzie (kbd) in the Brockville, ON area.

March 7, 2016—Paul Blissett’s version of Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk” featuring Tim, was made #1 on N1M’s International Hit Parade!

He is a permanent member of danshaerproductions.com that has three main components: “Power Connection” that features music from Tower Of Power, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Earthy, Wind And Fire and others, “Canada Rocks”, a musical history of prominent Canadian bands from the ’60s and ’70s, and “Variety” that backs up guest vocalists and shows.

He is also a teacher (sax, clarinet, flute) at Long & McQuade’s in Kingston.