Dr. Steven Roberts is assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Previously, he was professor of trumpet and jazz at Mars Hill College after holding a similar position at Iowa State University. He is an active teacher and freelance musician and has performed with such greats as Jon Faddis, Cecil and Deedee Bridgewater, Chip McNeill, Jim Pugh, and Charo. He has been a member of the Steve Roberts Jazz Quartet, various jazz ensembles aboard Holland America and Royal Caribbean cruise ships, the Mountain Empire Brass Quintet, the Johnson City Symphony, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and Sinfonia da Camera.
Dr. Roberts received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in trumpet performance and jazz at the University of Illinois (U.C.) in 2005, where he also received his Masters degree in 2001. He was a soloist with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, served as principal of the University Orchestra, and filled the jazz chair in the top jazz band. At Illinois he studied trumpet from Ray Sasaki, Michael Ewald, and Ronald Romm, and jazz from Chip McNeill, Vern Sielert, and Thomas Wirtel.
Dr. Roberts received his Bachelors in Music in 1999 from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied classical music from members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Al Couch and Bill Lucas respectively, and studied jazz from Kenny Davis, Robin Eubanks, Wendall Logan and Neal Creque, freelance musicians from Cleveland and New York.
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