03.01.19Troy Sawyer & Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. Team Up To ‘Rock Your Soul’ (Premiere)
“Rock Your Soul," Sawyer tells OffBeat.com, represents new life, beginnings, freedom and the city of New Orleans. Inspired deeply by the death of his father and the birth of his only child, the song acknowledges the proverbial circle of life. “It’s also the perfect song to release during Mardi Gras time because it has a celebratory energy that Mardi Gras exudes," Sawyer says.
Collaborating with Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. was an idea conceived at the Banlieues Bleues Festival in Paris, the setting for the two musicians’ first meeting. Years later, after the two both returned to New Orleans, Sawyer happened to sit in with Dopsie’s band at a West Bank gig. “One day, I was writing some music and I heard Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. on it because he brings so much excitement and soul to the stage. He came to the studio and I played the track and he loved it. He got in the vocal booth and went off. I call him my big brother and he calls me his lil brother. We have a genuine connection that’s beyond just making music also."
06.27.17Troy Sawyer scored a short movie that was picked up by HBO
Troy Sawyer did the musical score for the short movie "Plaquemines", which was picked up by HBO and won awards.
02.23.17The Harry Connick Show comes to Troy Sawyer's house for an Interview
The Harry Connick show came to Troy Sawyer's house, which is located in the Musician's Village in New Orleans, La., to tell his story as a musician, an educator, a new father, and a resident of the Musician’s Village.
01.16.16Troy Sawyer is featured in Soundtrack63
Soundtrack ‘63 is a multi-media, live music performance that takes the audience back in time with a cultural and artistic retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement from 1963 to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Originally produced by 651 ARTS and developed by Creative Director Chen Lo, Soundtrack ’63 premiered in 2013 as part of the Movement ’63 series. This performance of Soundtrack ‘63 will feature the untold and under-told stories of New Orleans’ civil rights history. It includes performances by local artists alongside commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Sonia Sanchez, and performances by Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets. This 3-screen multi-media installation, live music, and edutainment retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement is an incredible cultural and artistic experience that takes you on a journey from the continent through milestone events in African-American history through compelling images, video, jazz, hip-hop, soul, and poetry.
From the Black empowerment songs of James Brown to the outcries for justice for Mike Brown, Soundtrack '63 illuminates attention around one of the single most important movements in history, with liberation messages that remain relevant today. Soul Science Lab duo, Chen Lo, and Asante Amin recreate the year 1963 in a live documentary with a host of dynamic performance artists whose work breathes new life into the sights and sounds that shaped the music of an era—allowing a modern audience to re-think, re-new, and re-mix their conceptions of the past.
Guest performances by Troy Sawyer, Shaka Zulu, McDonogh 35 Senior High School Gospel Choir, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, and Sunni Patterson.
Soundtrack ’63 at the CAC is presented in collaboration with Junebug Productions and Soul Science Lab. Originally commissioned and produced by 651 ARTS.
11.21.15Troy Sawyer opens "The Comedy Get Down Tour" in New Orleans!!!
Numerous motion picture appearances, countless television shows, sitcoms and standup specials, a talk show, three radio shows, and two books. Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see five members of comedy royalty come together for the comedy event of the year ‘The Comedy Get Down’
05.06.15Troy Sawyer makes an appearance on The Food Network 2015!!!
Troy Sawyer makes an appearance on the Food Network at the Victory 2015!!!
07.13.13Troy Sawyer wins the Outstanding Millennial Award for Music presented by Offbeat in 2013!
08.26.10Troy Sawyer makes an appearance on the New Show "This New House"
Troy Sawyer makes an appearance on the new show "This New House" which is an offspring of the show "This Old House"... the episode is entitled: "A Floating House" at Make It Right in New Orleans is going to premiere tonight (8/26) on the DIY Network at 8pm ET.) For more information about the episode as well as dates and times it's scheduled to re-run, please see the web page:http://www.diynetwork.com/this-new-house/show/index.htmlThe episode is titled "A Floating House" and can be found under Episode Guide
08.14.10Troy Sawyer is chosen out of many to be a part of Artist Corps New Orleans!
Artist Corps New Orleans matches the skills of accomplished musicians with the needs of public elementary schools. Artist Corps Fellows are embedded in schools, where they teach music and participate in music-based community service. They receive a modest stipend and ongoing pedagogical training. In partnership with Sweet Home New Orleans, an advocacy and social services organization, Artist Corps will launch “Culture Corps." This project will engage local tradition bearers (e.g., brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians) to present and develop curricula focused on New Orleans culture at four partnering charter schools: Pride College Prep, Crocker Arts & Technology, Langston Hughes, and New Orleans College Prep. This grant will support the creation of the Culture Corps Project.
10.12.09Troy Sawyer makes the cover of New Orleans City Business
Trumpeter Troy Sawyer warms up outside his home in Musician’s Village in the Upper 9th Ward. (Photo by Frank Aymami)It’s a timeworn truism among observers of the New Orleans music scene that musicians here often have to leave the city to earn a living wage. That dictum rang true for New Orleans trumpeter Troy Sawyer long ...