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Gareth is a jazz trombonist (currently based in Cardiff) who plays in a wide variety of different bands (see bands) including his own award winning quintet for which he writes all the material himself.

Originally from Aberystwyth in Mid-Wales, most of Gareth´s early musical experiences came from playing Euphonium in Brass Bands. He later switched to the trombone after discovering jazz.

In 1997 Gareth graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in Civil Engineering before returning to Aberystwyth to take a PGCE (teacher training) course in Maths. A year later he moved to Cardiff and worked full time for 5 years as a maths teacher. A lack of sleep caused by too many late night gigs persuaded him to leave and take a Post-Graduate diploma in Jazz at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

During this time Gareth studied with (amongst others) Paula Gardiner, Steve Waterman and Keith Tippett, and had regular trombone lessons with Mark Bassey at Trinity College, London.

The Gareth Roberts Quintet were formed in 2003 and since then they have released two critically acclaimed albums (see albums). In 2007 they were one of three bands in the UK to be selected to receive a Jazz Services Promoter's Choice Award and as a result of this they have gone on to perform at many of the UK's most prestigious Jazz Festivals and have also completed a full UK tour. (for more details see bands).

Gareth is much in demand as a trombone player and as well as playing with several different bands he also receives regular bookings for session work. In the last few years his playing has featured on several albums encompassing a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz, latin, pop, rock and hip-hop (a full list appears below).

I recent years Gareth has been involved more and more with the local big band scene. He plays in many local bands and in 2013 he was awarded the Jazz4Jed bursary to compose several pieces for Welsh big bands. Two of these are available to hear on his Soundcloud page

At present, as well as working professionally as a trombone player Gareth is heavily involved with music education. He teaches music part-time in a Welsh language comprehensive school in Cardiff, conducts two school jazz bands and runs music workshops for pupils of all ages. (see teaching)

Select Discography

The Attack of the Killer Penguins - Gareth Roberts Quintet
Go Stop Go - Gareth Roberts Quintet
Hardware - The Heavy Quartet
New World Order - D.E.R Collective
Journeys - Dave Jones Trio
Resonance - Dave Jones Quartet
The Earth - Off/On 1
Li Harding - Li Harding
The Boo Hooray Theory - The Boo Hooray Theory
The Buena Risca Social Clwb - "Live"
Neil Rosser - Casgliad o Ganeuon
Neil Rosser - Yr Ail Ddinas

 
 
   
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