The wide-ranging composer, drummer, pianist and trombonist has been defying easy category since childhood. Now only 37 years old, he’s just getting started.
The drummer was a first call for many of the finest singers of the 1960s and ’70s, including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Peggy Lee.
On River Run Thee, Roberts immerses herself and the listener in a history of anguish, and channels it all into a magnetic unity, a postmodern opus.
Hear the jazz singer demonstrate her soulful technique in this 2008 episode hosted by Marian McPartland.