Bassist, singer, songwriter, Roland Guerin, has already made a formidable contribution to the world of music. From providing unique and melodic bass lines to dazzling audiences worldwide with his slap bass technique, Roland emerged in the forefront of the international jazz arena. With a new band and a new project entitled Grass Roots, Guerin integrates American folk melodies, blues, zydeco, African rhythms, and rock with jazz soloing and orchestral arrangements to create an entirely new and singular musical experience.
 

 

BIO (long)


With a new band and a new project entitled Grass Roots, New Orleans based singer-songwriter-bassist Roland Guerin is starting a new musical chapter. Drawing from a wide spectrum of genres, including American folk, blues, zydeco, rock and jazz, Guerin creates a singular style at the heart of which are stories told through multi-layered melodies, rhythms and expressive lyrics in the range of Steely Dan, John Mayer, Sting and Peter Gabriel.

Raised in a musical family – his father was a great lover of jazz and classical music, his mother, a blues and zydeco bass player – Guerin began playing bass at the age of 11. Throughout his formative years, Guerin was strongly influenced by pop, rock and R&B music of the 70’s and 80’s. Bands and artists such as Lakeside, Dazz Band, Rush, the Brothers Johnson, Gerry Rafferty, America, and Booker T & The MG’s seeded his love for great songs and inspired him to write music of his own.
 
While studying Marketing at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Guerin joined legendary jazz educator Alvin Batiste’s Band, The Jazztronauts. Having inherited much of Batiste’s musical innovations and concepts, Guerin developed ways to bring his own musical voice to life. The jazz genre became his avenue toward success. Over the course of his career, Guerin toured and performed with numerous legendary musicians, such as George Benson, Jimmy Scott, Frank Morgan, Vernel Fournier, Gerry Mulligan, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, John Scofield, Mark Whitfield, Ellis Marsalis, and Marcus Roberts. He also participated in the recording of numerous albums, including the Blind Boys of Alabama’s Grammy Award winning album Down in New Orleans, Marcus Roberts’s Grammy Award nominated recording of George Gershwin’s classic Rhapsody in Blue, and Allen Toussaint’s album Connected.
 
As a member of the Marcus Roberts Trio from 1994 to 2009, Guerin performed at the head of symphony orchestras across the world, among which the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and Seiji Osawa’s New Japan Philharmonic. From his collaboration with Osawa and Roberts, Guerin developed a deeper understanding and appreciation of orchestration and arrangement, both of which carry great importance in his own musical composition.
 
In 1998, Guerin released his first album, The Winds of the New Land, featuring Peter Martin on piano, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Donald Edwards on drums, and Mark Whitfield on guitar. The record was acclaimed for its innovative style of composition and arrangement. JazzReview called it "a literal piece of art", while the New Orleans Magazine named Guerin a Contemporary Jazz All-Star. He followed up with an album from the Roland Guerin Sextet, Live at the Blue Note, released by Half Note Records. Over the following decade, Guerin released 4 more successful albums, and performed with his own band at major venues and festivals worldwide, such as the Blue Note in Tokyo and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
 
Guerin joined the Allen Toussaint Band in 2009, touring and performing with Toussaint until his passing in 2015. During the time with Toussaint, Guerin found his way back to his musical roots. Integrating American folk melodies, blues, zydeco, African rhythms, and rock with jazz soloing and orchestral arrangements, Guerin creates an entirely new and singular musical experience.
 
In August 2016, Guerin released a single entitled Black Coffee, featuring one of ten songs off of his new album, Grass Roots, which is scheduled to be released in 2017. 
 

BIO (short)
 
With a new band and a new project entitled Grass Roots, New Orleans based singer-songwriter-bassist Roland Guerin is starting a new musical chapter. Drawing from a wide spectrum of genres, including American folk, blues, zydeco, rock and jazz, Guerin creates a singular style at the heart of which are stories told through multi-layered melodies, rhythms and expressive lyrics in the range of Steely Dan, John Mayer, Sting and Peter Gabriel.

Raised in a musical family – his father was a great lover of jazz and classical music, his mother, a blues and zydeco bass player – Guerin began playing bass at the age of 11. Throughout his formative years, Guerin was strongly influenced by pop, rock and R&B music of the 70’s and 80’s. Bands and artists such as Lakeside, Dazz Band, Rush, the Brothers Johnson, Gerry Rafferty, America, and Booker T & The MG’s seeded his love for great songs and inspired him to write music of his own.
 
In addition to performing with his own band at major venues and festivals worldwide, such as the Blue Note in Tokyo and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Guerin has performed and toured alongside numerous legendary musicians, including Alvin Batiste, John Scofield, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John.
 
In August 2016, Guerin released a single entitled Black Coffee, featuring one of ten songs off of his new album, Grass Roots, which is scheduled to be released in 2017. 

 
ACHIEVEMENTS

Bassist on Marcus Roberts’s Grammy Award nominated recording of George Gershwin’s classic Rhapsody in Blue (1996)

Bassist on Allen Toussaint’s record Connected (1996)

Guerin's album Groove, Swing and Harmony is nominated by Critics' Choice as one of the Top 50 Lousiana CDs of 2003 – Offbeat Magazine

Bassist on the Blind Boys of Alabama’s Grammy Award winning record Down in New Orleans (2008)

Featured bassist on the live DVD The Marsalis Family – A Jazz Celebration (2003)

Featured on HBO TV series Treme (Season 1, Episonde 10)

Featured on Darren Hoffman’s documentary movie Tradition is a Temple: The Modern Masters of New Orleans (2013)

Featured on the CBS TV series NCIS New Orleans (Season 2, Episode 9)

Produced, mixed and mastered Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson’s album Warm It Up, Warmdaddy! (Released: May 19, 2009, ℗ 2009 Nu Jazz Records)

Produced, mixed and mastered Ingrid Lucia’s album Living the Life (Released: Feb 14, 2014, ℗ 2014 Ingrid Lucia)
 
Music Director of Dr. John's band, the Nite Trippers (since January 2017)




MUSIC & PICTURES
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VIDEOS
“Performing in an array of settings, the New Orleans bassist has always displayed his versatility. Noted for his slap-bass technique on the upright, an old-school style that he modernized and made his own, Guerin is equally adept at adding punch and funk on the electric. […] For Guerin, A Different World doesn’t exist too far away from his jazz home. He isn’t swingin’ but he’s sure not smoothin’.
 
“Back To The Fest” – Offbeat Magazine
“When most bassists solo, they merely elaborate the supporting parts they usually play, not realizing how pointless those parts can be without something to support. Roland Guerin, by contrast, knows how to shift gears from comping to soloing. When Guerin joined pianist Marcus Roberts for an unaccompanied duet on Vernon Duke’s “I Can’t Get Started” at the Jazz Tent, for example, he stopped playing harmony and began playing melody. And what a strong melody it was, beginning in the crisply articulated original theme and then developing into smartly shaped variations.”
 
“Roland Guerin” – JazzTimes
“Dynamic Louisiana musician Roland Guerin is among a handful of musicians who've demonstrated remarkable prowess and prodigious technique on both acoustic and electric basses.”
 
“The Winds of the New Land by Roland Guerin” – Jazz Review
“On this new release composed completely by Roland we are thoroughly and completely taken over by a composer's efforts to create a literal piece of art. […] I believe that Roland Guerin is making a name for himself right next to the great Charles Mingus. I'm sure we will hear more from this talented musician / composer. I can't wait for Roland's next release!”


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