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Gareth Roberts Quintet

Gareth Roberts - Trombone
Gethin Liddington - Trumpet
Paul Jones - Piano
Aidan Thorne - Bass
Mark O'Connor - Drums


The Gareth Roberts Quintet have been playing together for many years and have built up a large following with their own, unique, exciting brand of Jazz.

All of the quintet are acclaimed bandleaders in their own right but they got together under the leadership of Gareth in 2006 to record their long-awaited debut album “The Attack of the Killer Penguins”, which featured saxophonist and clarinettist Marcin Wright.This CD was released on 1st June 2006 and was successful in winning the band the Jazz Services Promoter’s Choice Award in 2007/08.

Soon after this Marcin departed the UK and was replaced by popular trumpet player Gethin Liddington. Since then the quintet have played in many of the country’s premier jazz festivals and completed a full UK tour which included venues as far afield as Newcastle, London and Devon.

In 2024 they released their second album “Go Stop Go" but, tragically, soon after the recording of this album, long term bassist Chris was forced to depart the group due to ill health and was replaced by Aidan Thorne.

"Go Stop Go" received excellent reviews (see reviews section) and plans are now in place for a third album.

Gareth writes all of the music played by the quintet himself and describes his main influences as the music of Charles Mingus and Blue Note jazz of the 60’s.

Since the launch of their first album the Gareth Roberts Quintet have played at, amongst others, London, Brecon, Manchester, Glastonbury, Scarborough, Cheltenham and Teignmouth jazz festivals.

Other Bands: Gareth is also much in demand as a trombonist with other groups. Bands Gareth plays with or has performed with in the past include: The Heavy Quartet , The Capital City Jazz Orchestra, Buena Risca Social Clwb, The Collective, The Wales Jazz Composers Orchestra, The Steve Waterman Big Band, Bristol Reggae Orchestra, Rob Smith’s Onsombl , Ummh, Neil Rosser a’r Band, Fflur Dafydd a’r Barf, Byron Jones Big Band, The Boo Hooray Theory, Y Bysgars, his own quintet, quartet and many others. He also works as the music director of Monmouth Big Band

Below, from left to right: Onstage at Brecon Jazz Festival with The Heavy Quartet; With Buena Risca Social Clwb at The Globe in Cardiff; The Capital City Jazz Orchestra with Alan Barnes at Saint David’s Hall.
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