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Born and raised in Pittsburgh.
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Jimmy Ponder, Stanley Turrinetine, Nelson Harrison, Roger Humphries, Howie Alexander, Poogie Bell, Tony Campbell, Lou Stellute, Paul Thompson, The Johnson Family, Eric Johnson, Dwayne Dolphin, Jeff Grubs, Kenny Fisher, George Jones, Kevin Howard, Tom Wendt, Gene Ludwig, Chris Hemingway, Ian Gordon, Sean Jones, Tubby Daniels, John Hall, Brian Edwards, Paco Mahone, Greg Humphries, The Heid Family.........
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A review of Roby from France. (www.bluestation.fr)

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Roby "SUPERSAX" EDWARDS (USA)
Originaire de Pittsburgh, il est incontestablement un des dignes heritiers
des honkers et autres hurleurs des annees 50.
Avec ses influences ancrees dans le jazz tendance R&B, jump et rock'n'roll,
Roby Edwards talentueux saxophoniste, honker dechaine aux riffs entetants,
a la finesse ourlee, est capable d'interpreter quasiment tous les styles.

English Translation:
Originating in Pittsburgh, Pa, he is incontestably one of the worthy
heirs to the honkers and other screamers of the Fifties. Roby Edwards talented saxophonist, hard blowing honker with the attention grabbing riffs, with polished smoothness, is able to interpret almost all the styles.

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ROBY IS SEEKING SERIOUS, MUSICALLY AND FINANCIALLY REWARDING PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES WITH TOP-SHELF, MUSIC PROFESSIONALS.



ROBY IS AN EXPERIENCED, MULTI-FACETED, INCREDIBLY TALENTED PERFORMER WHO IS CAPABLE OF FRONTING A HIGH-ENERGY LIVE… Continue

GOD BLESS YOU HANK CRAWFORD, REST IN PEACE

Posted on January 31, 2009 at 6:38am 0 Comments

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
I JUST FOUND OUT THAT THE ONE AND ONLY HANK CRAWFORD, ALTOIST EXTRAORDINAIRE, HAS PASSED ON. HE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL, I'LL MISS HIM AS LONG AS I LIVE.
PEACE,
ROBY

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At 7:26pm on October 21, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Roby ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne/ Germany .
At 9:43pm on September 13, 2009, Richard Williams said…
Hey Roby, I hope that we can get together and work on some music sometime in the near future my brother! Its always a pleasure when we get together musically! Richard Williams, Guitarist
At 4:50am on August 29, 2009, Calvin Stemley said…
Hey Roby heard you with Kevin Howard a few weeks ago and you sounded great.You have come a long way since PPJazz Ensemble.
Keep upthe good work.

Calvin Stemley
At 1:30am on February 13, 2009, Ayaba said…
Oh, yeah...and Roots. My cousin James Roots sang with Clara Ward Singers and his daughter Desiree is a wonderful Jazz singer in Richmond. There is "Plunky and Oneness" and an Afro Caribbean group called Ban Caribe`. Richmond does not have anywhere near the venues that Pittsburgh has though.
At 1:27am on February 13, 2009, Ayaba said…
Well Richmond has so many musical people there. My family is one of them, although we really came to Richmond from Charles City County. Lonnie Liston Smith, Joe Kennedy, Jr.,Bill Robinson,The Harmonizing Four (Roberta Flack and Ella Fitzgerald came from Newport News, Va.) We are Browns, Carter, Greens, Jones, Wallace, Banks, Coles.
At 7:25am on February 12, 2009, Ayaba said…
Thank goodness. I was afraid it was all over and that real jazz had drowned in the smooth jazz sea, a category that is really a misnomer. You got it all! That is the real reality! The ancestors are dancing and chillin' and finger snapin' and groovin' to all that you do. You are representin'. Give thanks and praises for your soul, your mind, your heart...and your looks? they ain't too bad either.
At 9:54pm on January 27, 2009, Kennard Williams said…
Thanks Roby,

You're great to listen to.
At 6:01am on December 16, 2008, Fumie Toki said…
Merci!!! Bisous!!! ;-)
At 4:37am on December 3, 2008, Miles Jackson said…
Dear Mr. Roby "Supersax" Edwards,

Thank you for accecpting my friend request.
i hope to see you at cj's this thursday and hopefully
get to sit in with you.
it's always a joy to play with people who have serious soul.
At 4:41pm on October 30, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Roby,
Thanks for joining!
Be blessed!
Luiz

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