Fishman Artists

Roland Guerin

Fishman Artist // Roland Guerin

Roland grew up in a musical family. He first learned music from his mother, a bass player who taught him that you can’t make it in music without a strong groove and feeling.

Guerin studied at Southern University in Baton Rouge, where he joined legendary jazz educator Alvin Batiste’s Band, the Jazztronauts. He later began to tour the world as a member of jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield's Band. During this time Guerin explored the jazz genre; which ultimately proved to be an avenue toward success. He had the opportunity to perform with such greats as George Benson, Jimmy Scott, Frank Morgan, Vernel Fournier, and Gerry Mulligan. In the meantime, he also participated to the recording of several albums with other artists including Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, and Allen Toussaint.

Guerin also explored his spiritual side, as he was given a vision to build a new instrument in 1991. The result: a one-of-a-kind acoustic hollow bodied, arched top and back, six string bass guitar, made by luthier Salvador Giardina. This instrument enables Roland to write music for an entire spectrum of genres including pop, rock, R&B, classical, folk, and country.

Roland made his debut as a bandleader in 1998 with The Winds of the New Land, a record that showcased his innovative style of composition and arrangement.

Shortly after that release, he was chosen as a 1998 Contemporary Jazz All Star by New Orleans Magazine and by Jazz Review as a member of their Fantasy Jazz Band. Guerin recorded his second album on the Half Note Record label, Roland Guerin Sextet Live at the Blue Note. This album combines original compositions along with two classic jazz standards. A third album, You Don't Have to See It to Believe It was released in 2000 to rave reviews worldwide, notably in Japan, where Guerin embarked his band for a month of performances at the Fukuoka Blue Note. His forth album, Groove Swing and Harmony, was a real success that led to a second volume, Groove Swing and Harmony II, showcasing a lot of the artist's personality and composing skills. Guerin announces a new release -- A Different World -- for late 2010. This new project will feature Terrence Higgins (d), Mike Esneault (p), Quamon Fowler (s), John Jones (d), Khris Royal (s), Shane Theriot (g), Calvin Veal (perc), and Denis Williams (s).

As a former member of the Marcus Roberts Trio, Roland had the opportunity to perform at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and in Louis XIV's castle in Versailles, France. They also regularly performed as a jazz trio enhanced by symphony orchestras. The trio’s most recent CD, New Orleans meets Harlem, was released in May of 2009.

In the late summer of 2009, Guerin had the pleasure to tour with John Scofield and the Piety Street band, with fellow New Orleanians Shannon Powell and Jon Cleary. They made audiences groove to revisited Gospel tunes in Israel, Japan, Switzerland, etc...

When he is not performing with his band, Roland Guerin tours and performs with Allen Toussaint and also enjoys occasional performances with the Brian Blade Fellowship Band. In addition, he is very active on the New Orleans music scene, where he performs in all genres with such artists as Herlin Riley, Dr. Michael White, Germaine Bazzle, and Shannon Powell.