Wednesday, November 25, 2020


Liverpool born Dave Roberts plays all the saxophones, but now specialises in tenor and baritone plus clarinet. His primary interest is in mainstream/modern jazz but he also plays the blues and in swing bands.

Daves experience takes in soprano sax with original funk band Headquarters, soul with Toxteth based Kabasa, a ska band in Moss Side and occasional pit band work in musicals  such as Guys and Dolls (baritone), Grease (tenor) and Chicago (alto and clarinet).  In 2011 he played tenor in Our House, which featured wild sax solos from the hits of pop band Madness.

In the late 70s Dave arranged the music and played baritone sax in his 6-piece band Take Six. In the 80s he performed at jazz clubs and festivals with his West Coast jazz group Walkin Shoes, playing many of his own arrangements of the music of baritone sax inspiration Gerry Mulligan.

Highlights in Daves playing career have included performing in his own big band arrangement at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, playing in the band of Steven Dale Petit at Liverpools famous Cavern Club and leading his quartet at jazz festivals.

With experience of various blues bands, particularly Porter with whom he played on the British Stage at the Colne Blues Festival in 2015, Dave has recently left blues band Dr T-Bone and is open to new offers.

Dave leads his own jazz quartet and duo and belongs to the Freddie Smith Big Band. He also plays as guest artiste in various venues and is in demand as a dep for a number of bands. Away from music Dave has had 3 plays performed on Radio 4 and his stage play used actors from Liverpools Everyman Theatre.