Acrylic Jazz Portrait of Amy Roberts on Saxophone

Amy Roberts (Jazz&Jazz Portrait)

Amy Roberts (Jazz&Jazz Portrait)

Amy Roberts is an incredibly talented young lady and as a rising star she quickly  made her mark on the jazz world.

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.”

When she starred again at Hemsby in 2010, I simply had to paint this jazz portrait of her in acrylics as well as a portrait of her in duet with Adrian Cox, also displayed in Jazz Art & Film.

Voted winner of the British Jazz Awards Rising Star Category in 2009, Amy also placed second in the 2010 awards. Just into her 20s, she joined the Big Chris Barber Band early in 2011 and has since gone on to co-form the Amy Roberts Richard Exall Quintet which was presented with the  “Harry Cameron Trophy” for Best Band of the Year in 2013/2104.

As an ardent jazz fan said to me not so long ago at the 100 Club, “Who said jazz musicians are all oldies!” But jazz oldies by far outnumber the youngsters and if New Orleans style jazz is to make that long awaited comeback we need to applaud it’s rising stars.

Fine Art Print of Jazz Portrait of Amy Roberts

Amy’s Got Rhythm

 Hail a new generation,
With rhythmic syncopation,
Sax in crescendo,
As cadences flow
From the star of the show.

Amy Roberts steals the show at the 2010 Autumn Jazz Parade in Hemsby, Norfolk. When she was just 19, Sammy Rimington said of Amy,
“She’s got rhythm, she’s got swing. She’s the future of jazz!”

Art & Verse’ Copyright © 2011 Peter M Butler. All rights reserved

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


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