Portraying Amy Roberts and Adrian Cox – “Reeds in Duet”

Jazz Portrait of Amy Roberts and Adrian Cox: “Reeds in Duet”

Jazz portrait of Amy Roberts and Adrian Cox keeping the spirit of jazz alive and steeling the show with a stunning duet at the 2010 Autumn Jazz Parade in Hemsby, Norfolk.

Jazz may no longer be at the peak of it’s popularity, yet it will forever be for the young at heart. It’s way overdue for a revival and who better to lead the way than rising stars like Amy and Adrian. Tony O’Sullivan introduced them as “the exiting new generation of jazz reed musicians”.

Still in her twenties, Amy hails from Cornwall and has rapidly made her mark on the UK jazz circuit and abroad for her stunning performances on saxophone, clarinet and flute. She regularly guest stars with top bands at clubs and jazz festivals and until recently toured widely with the Big Chris Barber Band. Early in 2015 The Amy Roberts Richard Exall Quintet received the ‘Harry Cameron Trophy’ for ‘Band of The Year 2013/2014’.

A few years longer on the circuit yet barely in his 30s, Adrian wows the fans with his infectious dynamism on saxophone and clarinet. Already 18 years on road and starring with top bands like TJ Johnson, The Fallen Heroes, The Rich Bennet Band and Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces, his maestro performances are popular across the UK and on the Continent. Influenced by greats like Jonny Hodges, Lester Young and Earl Bostic, he is “sure to have you dancing from the first note”. Based in London and the Home Counties, Adrian is a familiar face at top venues with The Adrian Cox Quartet.

Amy and Adrian are the future of jazz. Read more about them under Rising Jazz Stars.

Fine Art Print of the Jazz Portrait of Amy and Adrian

Reeds in Duet
Saxophone and clarinet,
Reeds in duet,
Amy and Adrian,
Trad Jazz’s Jet Set.

I write a poem to accompany each fine art print of my jazz portraits and for Amy and Adrian it just had to be “Reeds in Duet”.

Fine Art Giclée Prints of this portrait are available, with or without my descriptive poem. Simply email: peter@jazzandjazz.com to place your order and help support jazz.

Eyes on the Master: Jazz Portrait of Sammy Rimington and Amy Roberts in Duet

Eyes on the Master: Jazz Portrait of Amy Roberts and Sammy Rimington

Amy Roberts, then “the new kid on the block”, accompanying maestro Sammy Rimington at the Ken Colyer Trust 2008 Autumn Jazz Parade. Recognising Amy’s huge talent, Sammy invited her to play duet with him on the final evening of the Parade. The next morning I overheard him stressing the need to to persuade Amy to stay with jazz: “Amy’s got a natural talent and feel for the music. She’s got rhythm. She’s the future of jazz.”

Since then Amy has gone from strength to strength playing clarinet, sax and flute, and is featured in several other posts on Jazz&Jazz.

Jazz&Jazz Fine Art Print of “Eyes on the Master”

Eyes on the Master

Saxes reach crescendo
And bridge a generation
With rhythmic syncopation.
Spotlight on the Starlet
With eyes on the Pro.

I write a poem to accompany each of my fine art prints of jazz musician paintings and Amy and Sammy in duet inspired Eyes on the Master.

Fine Art Giclée Prints of this portrait are available, with or without my descriptive poem. Simply email: peter@jazzandjazz.com to place your order and help support jazz.

See also: Portrait of Amy on Solo Sax and of Reeds in Duet, Amy playing with Adrian Cox.

Jazz Art Gallery

Adrian Cox Jazz Painting


Adrian Cox
Double Take

J002. Amy Roberts and Adrian Cox – Reeds in Duet
J003. Amy Roberts on Saxophone – Amy’s Got Rhythm
J004. Annie Hawkins on Bass – Annie on Bass
J005. Barry Martyn – Barry Martyn at the 100 Club
J006. Betty Renz – Betty Renz Steals the Show
J007. Big Bill Bissonnette – Alias B3
J008. Bob Thomas – Bob Thomas of Thomcat Fame
J009. Brian Smith – Washboard Rhythm King
J010. Burt Butler – Burt on Banjo
J011. Chris Marchant – Sublime on Drums!
J012. Chris Tyle on Cornet – Head Honcho with Style
J013. Christine Woodcock – Mysterious Lady
J014. Cuff Billet – Cuff Billet on Trumpet
J015. Dave Arnold – The Clash of the Cymbals
J016. Dave Bartholomew – Let the Good Times Roll!
J017. Dave Rance’s Rockcin’ Chair Band – Let it Rip, Dave!
J018. Dom Pipkin – Dom Pipkin Pumps Piano
J019. Dr Michael White – Visitations
J020. Emile Martyn – Emile on Drums
J021. Emile Van Pelt and Eric Webster – Honky Tonk Time
J022. Esther O’Connor – Esther Enthralls Her Fans
J023. Frederic John on Trombone – Frog Islanders!
J024. Jim Hurd and John Whitehead
J025. Gerry Birch on Sousaphone – Jazz at The George
J026. Gordon Lawrence – Ensnared
J027. Grand Marshall Jimbo Heads the Parade – Good Time Jazz
J028. Greg Stafford – He Der Man!
J029. Hugh Masekela – The Coal Train
J030. Ivan Gandon on Saxophone – A Very Mean Sax
J031. John Pickett – Plays Trumpet for Recreation
J032. Johnny Rodgers – Passion Personified
J033. Joshua & Sandra Walker – Neighbours Well Met
J034. Katja Toivola on trombone at Donna’s Bar, New Orleans –
J035. Keith Minter – Measured Beat and Rolling Peal
J036. Laurie Fray on Clarinet – The Pinnacle of Passion
J037. Laurie Palmer – Drums on the Prom
J038. Leroy Jones at Donna’s Bar – Keeper of the Flame
J039. Lionel Ferbos – Long live Jazz, Long live Lionel Ferbos
J040. Mike Pointon – The Trombonist
J041. Pete Lay – Pete Lay on Drums
J042. Pete Smith – Come Join the Parade
J043. Ray Colyer – Take it away, Ray
J044. Roger Nicholls & Pat Elms – Strumming’ and a Drummin
J045. Sam Weller and Mark Alexander of Vocalion – Trombone and Drums
J046. Sammy Rimington on Clarinet – The Clarinetist
J047. Sammy Rimington – Take Two Sammys
J048. Sammy Rimington & Amy Roberts – Eyes on the Master
J049. The Fallen Heroes – Tony Rico, Paul Bonner & Ben Martyn – Sax. Trumpet and Bass
J050. Tim Curtis on Sousaphone – Tim on Tuba
J051. Tony Cunningham – Tony Cunningham Trombonist
J052. Tony O’Sullivan – Spotlight on the Trumpet
J053. Trefor Williams on Double Bass – Double Bass Ace

Rising Jazz Stars

It bears repeating what an ardent fan recently said tome at a Fallen Heroes session: “Who said jazz musicians are all oldies, this band is full of youngsters!”. Nevertheless, jazz oldies by far outnumber the youngsters and if trad jazz is to make that long awaited comeback onto the big stage we need to applaud it’s rising stars.

So for starters let’s feature Amy Roberts, Adrian CoxBaby Jools and Ian Wynne.

AmyRobertsAmy Roberts

I first met Amy at the 2008 Ken Colyer Autumn Jazz Parade in Hemsby, Norfolk, where Sammy Rimington invited her to join him in a saxophone duet.

Afterwards I overheard Sammy saying: “Amy’s got a natural talent and feel for the music. She’s got rhythm. She’s got swing. She’s the future of jazz.”

Voted winner of the British Jazz Awards Rising Star Category in 2009, Amy also placed second in the 2010 awards.

Just in her 20s, she joined the Big Chris Barber Band early in 2011. More recently along with Richard Exall she launched the ‘Amy Roberts Richard Exall Quintet’ which was voted ‘Band of the Year 2013/2014’ and presented ‘The Harry Cameron Trophy’.

Adrian Cox

I’ve got to know Adrian Cox through his scintillating performances with T J Johnson (www.tjjohnson.co.uk/) at The Crypt, St Martin in the Fields, London, guesting with The Fallen Heroes as well as Barry Martyn and the Young Bloods at the 100 Club and at the 2009 and 2010 Autumn Jazz Parades in Hemsby. No matter what the occasion he is always happy to stop and chat and he undoubtedly charms the ladies. Adrian featured in the 2010 British Jazz Awards on clarinet. He now stars regularly with “The Adrian Cox Quartet”.

He starred in a stunning saxophone duet with Amy Roberts at the 2010 Hemsby Autumn Jazz Festival and below is my acrylic painting and my poem capturing them putting on the style.

Amy and Adrian putting on the style. Acrylic portrait by Peter M Butler.

Reeds in Duet

Saxophone and clarinet
Reeds in duet
Amy and Adrian
Trad Jazz’s Jet Set

Keeping the spirit of jazz alive, Amy Roberts and Adrian Cox steel the show
with a stunning duet at the 2010 Autumn Jazz Parade
in Hemsby, Norfolk.

Dynamic Baby Jools

Dynamic Baby Jools

Baby Jools

Baby Jools (Julyan Aldridge) gave a phenomenal performance on drums with Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces during the Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle festival in July, 2011.

When just 19, Baby Jools was described on Max’s website as having “lots of drive and swing.” (www.maxcollie.co.uk)

He was a driving force with Matt Palmer’s Millennium Jazz Band, starred with the Chris Barber Band and also plays drums for the Bennett Brothers. Nowadays you will see him with “Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics”

Baby Jools is high on my list of future portraits but should you be interested in placing an advance order for an Art& Verse fine art print, please email me at: peter@jazzandjazz.com and I will prioritise the portrait.

Brilliant young pianist, Ian Wynne

Brilliant young pianist, Ian Wynne

Ian Wynne

I was blown out of the water by Ian Wynne’s stunning piano performance with the Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band at Hemsby’s 2011 Autumn Jazz Parade. Ian joined the Rae Brother’s “under the auspices of his mother” and now, still in his early 20s, his keyboard skills already emulate great jazz pianists like Emile Van Pelt and Ray Smith.
The Rae Brothers took him under their wing and encourage his studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. He told me he had to head back straight after the festival for a special assignment.

If you are interested in any of my Fine Art Gicée Prints, simply email: peter@jazzandjazz.com to place your order and help support jazz.

More Gripping Yarns from Bygone Years: Rafts, Canoes, Row Boats & Show Business!

Early Days in Jazz

It was in the late 1950s/early 1960s, that I first took an interest in Jazz. Well I would, wouldn’t I – it was the popular music of the era. I remember especially one late night party thrown by in one of the grand old Georgian Terrace house on Herne Bay sea front. Two jazz hits played over and over again that night still haunt me – Miles Davis’s “Lift To The Scaffold” and Lonnie Donegan’s “Seven Golden Daffodils”.

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Amy Roberts on Saxophone

Amy Roberts and Adrian Cox

Annie Hawkins on Bass

Barry Martyn at the 100 Club

Brian Smith, Washboard Rhythm King

Betty Renz Steels the Show

Bob Thomas on Trumpet

Burt Butler on Banjo

Chris Marchant on Drums

Chris Tyle on Cornet

Christine Woodcock on Trombone

Cuff Billet on Trumpet

Dave Arnold on Drums 

Dave Bartholomew at The Palm Court, New Orleans

Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band

Dom Pipkin Pumps Piano

Dr Michael White and Gregg Stafford

Emile Martyn on Drums

Emile Van Pelt and Eric Webster

Esther O’Connor, Songstress Supreme

Gerry Birch on Sousaphone

Grand Marshall Jimbo Heads the Parade

Hugh Masekela

Ivan Gandon on Saxophone

Jim Hurd and John Whitehead, Frog Islanders

John Pickett on Trumpet 

Johnny Rodgers on Saxophone

Laurie Fray on Clarinet

Laurie Palmer on Drums

Lionel Ferbos, Louisiana Jazz Legend

Mike Pointon on Trombone

Pete Lay on Drums

Pete Smith on Sousaphone

Ray Colyer on Trumpet

Sammy Rimington & Amy Roberts Saxophone Duet

Sam Weller and Mark Alexander of Vocalion

Trefor Williams on Double Bass

Tim Curtis on Sousaphone

Tony Cunningham on Trombone

Big Bill Bissonnette

Leroy Jones at Donnas Bar 2010

Tony O’Sullivan on Trumpet


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