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Roy McGrath


Roy McGrath is a tenor saxophonist, composer, bandleader and sideman living in Chicago, IL. He recently graduated with a master’s degree in Music from Northwestern University, where he studied under Victor Goines (saxophonist for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Director of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University). He transcribes, arranges, and composes music for a variety of situations, and currently works as the Woodwind/Brasswind instructor at Flatt’s and Shape Musical Academy in Chicago. Born and raised in San Juan, PR, Roy sang in school choirs before picking up the saxophone at age 16. After attending the Berklee College of Music Summer Workshop, he earned a full scholarship to attend Berklee School of Music’s Five Week Summer Performance Program


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Label: Woolgathering Records
Released: 2021



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Cancion De La Verdad Sencilla; Por Ti Estoy; Plena Julia; Remembranza; 5/4 Tune (Poema Para Las Lagrimas); Mire Asi; KyKy; Burgos en Vida.


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Roy McGrath: Remembranzas

Read "Remembranzas" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Honoring special memories of the past, Chicago-based Puerto Rico-born tenor saxophonist Roy Mcgrath presents a light Latin-styled session on Remembranzas, featuring eight new compositions, including a special tribute to Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. A fixture in Chicago's music scene, Mcgrath has led various groups performing jazz, funk, Latin and Salsa. While the ...


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Kitt Lyles: Real Talk

Read "Real Talk" reviewed by Edward Blanco

An active performer and educator in the Chicago jazz community, young bassist Kitt Lyles is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Jazz Studies and has performed in venues throughout North America, Latin America and Asia. A sideman on various other recordings, Lyles introduces his debut recording as leader on Real Talk presenting eight ...


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Kitt Lyles: Real Talk

Read "Real Talk" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

For his debut recording bassist/composer Kitt Lyles draws on his love for the jazz tradition, as well as southern folk and blues. A South Carolina native now residing in Chicago, he leads a working sextet (with one additional player on two tracks) through a varied program of originals. The title tune is built on a vamp, ...


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Kitt Lyles: Real Talk

Read "Real Talk" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Real Talk is the debut album for young South Carolina-bred bassist Kitt Lyles who earned a degree in Jazz Studies from Northwestern University in 2013. As all the compositions are Lyles,' its success rests as much on his skills as a writer as his serving as a beacon for the sextet's able rhythm section. How does ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Night and Day; Maybe Please Don’t Lie; Spirit of the Living God; Martha; Patty Cakes; Sileray; Rue Nov. 7; Kintsugi.


Article: Album Review

Roy McGrath Quartet: Martha

Read "Martha" reviewed by James Nadal

In music as well as life, to succeed one must often take chances, jazz is undoubtedly filled with risk takers which were essential in determining this music. The saxophone for Roy McGrath has taken him on a remarkable journey since leaving his home in Puerto Rico to seek his musical passion. It wound through many years ...


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