@ the Hideaway
18 November 2013
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Roberts was weaned on music from as far back as she can remember.
Both of her grandfathers were drummers while her father, a Grenadian
immigrant, was the guitarist in a calypso band called the Nightingales.
Their rehearsal space was at the family home so her childhood was
marked by easy access to guitar, piano and trumpet. Juliet found
that her true instrument was the most natural one – the voice-
and started to develop as a singer in her teens.
It was in the mid-80s that Roberts came to the attention of many
through her work with a new generation of young jazz warriors such
as Courtney Pine and her contribution to Working Week. She was also
to be heard on a variety of sessions for genre-defying artists such
as Yargo and then in the 90s she recorded a string of highly successful
As comfortable as she was in the dance music arena, she never
forsook her love of jazz and got a band together with the veteran
bassist/DUNE records head honcho Gary Crosby for a series of gigs
at the Jazz Cafe in London. This informal induction to the DUNE
family subsequently led to a collaboration with saxophonist Denys
Baptiste on his Be Where You Are and Alternating Currents albums.
Then came an appearance on Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ Massive.
A solo Juliet Roberts album was a logical progression.