Bassist, composer, and arranger, Roland Guerin has already made a formidable contribution to the world of jazz. From providing unique and melodic bass lines, to dazzling audiences worldwide with his mastered slap bass technique, Guerin has begun to emerge to the forefront of the international jazz arena. In addition to being the leader on three recordings of his own (a fourth to be released in Spring 2003), Guerin has appeared on over 45 albums worldwide.
Guerin’s career commenced upon joining the Alvin Batiste Band, the Jazztronauts. Upon receipt of his degree in Marketing, Guerin began to tour the world as a member of jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield’s Band. During his six and a half year tenure as the full time bassist with Whitfield, Guerin explored the jazz genre; which ultimately proved to be an avenue toward success. He had the rare opportunity to perform with such greats as George Benson, Jimmy Scott, Frank Morgan, Vernel Fournier, and Gerry Mulligan. He also participated in the recording of several albums, including Ellis Marsalis’ latest release, Twelve’s It, Marcus Roberts’ In Honor of Duke, Portraits in Blue and Blues for the New Millennium, Allen Toussaint’s Connected, and Mark Whitfield’s Mark Whitfield and Forever Love.
In the early part of 1998, Guerin made his debut as a bandleader. Collaborating with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Peter Martin, and drummer Donald Edwards, Guerin’s first release, The Winds of the New Land, showcased his innovative style of composition and arrangement. Since then, Guerin has recorded a second album on the Half Note Record label, Roland Guerin Sextet Live at the Blue Note.