Troy Robey is a double bassist who offers a reliable foundation for beautiful music to flourish. He is a consummate sideman who serves the music dependably while allowing for his subtle elegance to shine through. His background is steeped in the jazz tradition, but he has had a varied career spanning jazz, rock, folk, classical, and musical theater.

Since 2008, Robey has been a member of the new-acoustic string band Taarka, performing with husband and wife duo David and Enion Pelta-Tiller. The group has toured extensively in the progressive folk music circuit performing at festivals, theaters, listening rooms, and clubs nationwide. Many guest musicians have performed or recorded with Taarka over this period including guitarists Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet), Ross Martin (Matt Flinner Trio), and Greg Ruby (Pearl Django), multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven (David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Garcia), drummer Dave Watts (The Motet), cellist Daniel Plane, and violinists Darol Anger (David Grisman Quintet, Turtle Island String Quartet), Ryan Drickey, Zebulon Bowles, Ben Blechman, and Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prairie).

Robey studied with internationally-acclaimed bassist Larry Gray in Chicago in the early 90’s while a student of Jazz Studies at DePaul University. During this time, he was active in the Chicago jam band scene, touring the Midwest, South, and East with The Junction (with the late Scott Larned , a founding member of the Dark Star Orchestra) and opening for such acts as Widespread Panic, The Samples, NRBQ, The Freddy Jones Band, and Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. When not playing with The Junction, he freelanced with a number of jazz, rock, and blues groups around the Chicago area and Midwest.

In the 2000’s, he began a collaborative relationship with the music department at Washington State University, playing for the University Big Band, Symphony Orchestra, and small jazz and chamber music groups. There, he studied with bassist David Snider (USAF ret.) and cellist Ruth Boden and had the opportunity to perform with singer Kevin Mahogany, saxophonist Brent Jensen, and trombonist David Glenn, as well as WSU music faculty Greg Yasinitsky (saxophones), Horace Alexander-Young (saxophones), Jennifer Scovell-Parker (vocals), Dave Jarvis (percussion), and Charles Argersinger (piano). While based in the Pacific Northwest, he also studied with world-renowned bassists David Friesen and Glen Moore in Portland, OR.

In 2007 and 2008, he competed in the International Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, ID and received the outstanding bass soloist award both years. Robey has since been invited back each year to serve as a sideman for festival artists and educators. In this capacity, he has backed trumpeter Terell Stafford, trumpeter/trombonist James Morrison, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, guitarist Corey Christiansen, saxophonists Jimmy Heath and Ricky Woodard, pianist/vocalist Eli Yamin, trombonist Ira Nepus, coronetist Jon Pugh, vocalist Traincha, and pianist/trumpeter Bob Athayde. He has performed for thousands of aspiring young jazz musicians and fans and has made a lasting contribution to the educational mission of the festival.

As a sideman in the folk/rock world, Robey has performed with Nathan Moore (ThaMuseMeant, Surprise Me Mr. Davis), KC Groves (Uncle Earl), Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Bonnie Payne and Daniel Rodriguez (Elephant Revival), Bridget Law and Sage Cook (Elephant Revival), The Shook Twins (Portland, OR), Myshkin (Eugene, OR), Chubbs Toga (Moscow, ID), Tara Howe (ID), Tom Drake (ID), John Cronin (ID), Joe Jencks (Rockford, IL), and Emmy-Award Winner David Williams (Boulder, CO).

Jazz collaborations have included a weeklong engagement with pianist Ted Rosenthal at the McCall (ID) SummerFest, the Bade/McMurphy Quartet (Spokane,WA), the Erik Bowen Trio (Moscow, ID), Cadenza Collective with Navin Chettri (Moscow, ID), The Dave Hagelganz, Troy Robey, Joe Covill Trio (Moscow, ID), the Adam Buer/Troy Robey Duo (Boulder, CO), the Adam Donohue Quartet (Pullman, WA), the Bridgetown Sextet (Portand, OR), Deco Django (Boulder, CO), Three-in-One (Chicago, IL), the Dan Voll Group (Rockford, IL), The Prime Time Big Band (Rockford, IL), and the Moonlight Jazz Orchestra (Rockford, IL).

He has performed in innumerable musical theater productions, musical revues, and has accompanied a wide variety of American Songbook/Broadway show tune singers.

Robey is based in Denver, CO and is available for performances, recording, and teaching throughout the American West and nationwide as scheduling allows.