Roland Guerin

Roland Guerin, Ph.D.

Applied Jazz Bass


Phone: 504-280-6381


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.

In 1991, Guerin 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.

Roland made his debut as a recording artist and bandleader in 1998 with The Winds of the New Land, a record acclaimed for its innovative style of composition and arrangement. He has released five successful albums since then, including the most recent, A Different World in September 2011, with Terrence Higgins, Mike Esneault, Khris Royal, Shane Theriot, Denis Williams 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, The Roland Guerin Trio, 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 around the world with John Scofield and the Piety Street band, with fellow New Orleanians Shannon Powell and Jon Cleary. He also plays regularly around New Orleans in all genres and with such artists as Herlin Riley, Dr. Michael White, Germaine Bazzle, Shannon Powell, Leah Chase, and Ellis Marsalis.