I started with the phenomenal Roland Guerin in the Jazz Tent. I've only ever seen this great bass player in NOLA. I would think he would tour with someone at some point. He plays with the likes of Jason Marsalis and Shannon Powell. Hisown ensemble is really good.
Roland Guerin, bass
Kyle Roussel, piano
Quamon Fowler, sax
Ashlin Parker, trumpet
Joe Dyson, drums
Roland Guerin 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.
Roland studied Marketing 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
that 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.
In 1991, Guerin explored his
spiritual side, as he was given a vision to build a new instrument. The
result: a one-of-a-kind acoustic hollow bodied, arched top and back,
six string bass guitar, crafted 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.
made his debut as a bandleader in 1998 with The Winds of the New Land,
a record acclaimed for its innovative style of composition and
arrangement. He released four successful albums in the next decade (see
discography), recently followed by A Different World in September
2011. This new album features Terrence Higgins (d), Mike Esneault (p),
Khris Royal (s), Shane Theriot (g), Denis Williams (s) and Bill Summers
From 1994 to 2010 Roland was a member of the Marcus
Roberts Trio, with which he had the opportunity to perform at the 2002
Winter Olympic Games. They also regularly performed as a jazz trio
enhanced by symphony orchestras.
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 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
touring, Roland 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, Shannon Powell, Leah Chase, and Ellis Marsalis.
I enjoyed a little country from Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds.
Sam Doores & The Tumbleweeds (from New Orleans, Louisiana) reach a
bit further back into Americana history to earlier blues, gospel, folk,
and country. Here you’ll find the call and response style field song (“I
Got Found”) to foot stompin’ country (“Passing Through”), to 60’s folk
style with a doowappin’ guitar (“Depression Blues” – based on “I’m So
Depressed” by Abner Jay). This is modern day honky tonk stylings at its
I also loved the Voices of Peter Claver in the Gospel Tent. I loved the rhythm.
Davina & the Vagabonds in the Blues Tent were good.