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Royce Campbell

Royce has played guitar since age nine. By the time Royce finished high school, he was certain that he wanted to pursue a career in music, but he did not have the means to go to music school. Fortunately, his uncle Carroll DeCamp, a renowned arranger/pianist/guitarist, invited Royce to live with him and study. Soon Royce's reputation as a quality musician spread, and in 1973 he was asked to tour with vocalist Marvin Gaye. Two years later, Royce was hired by a local music contractor to do three concerts with Henry Mancini in Indianapolis. Mancini was so impressed by Royce's abilities that he asked him to become his regular touring guitarist, and Royce worked with Mancini for 19 years until Mancini's death in 1994. Royce has been on the cover of the two main jazz guitar magazines String Jazz and Just Jazz Guitar

NEWS: RECORDING

Royce Campbell: Organ Trio

Royce Campbell: Organ Trio

One of my favorite albums celebrating the music of Henry Mancini is guitarist Royce Campbell's Tribute to Henry Mancini, recorded in 1996. Royce marvelously captures Mancini's hip and gentle melody lines and his passion for space. Royce should know. He was Mancini's guitarist for 19 years. A year before this album, Royce recorded a solid organ-trio ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Antonio Marrone

Read "Take Five With Antonio Marrone" reviewed by Antonio Marrone

Meet Antonio Marrone: Jazz bass guitarist, composer, educator, Antonio Marrone studied with many artists, including Paul Bollenback, Jeff Richman, John Stowell, Roy Patterson, Jamie Findlay, Royce Campbell, Scott Henderson, David Friesen, Vic Juris, Jimmy Bruno, Bob Ferrazza. In 2012, he released his first album, Solemn, and has written a bass method book, Symmetric Pentatonic ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Royce Campbell: Playing Pretty

Royce Campbell: Playing Pretty

As a jazz guitarist, it's not easy to play pretty. You have to worship harmony, you have to love the sound of the instrument, and you have to want to seduce audiences. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, guitarists like Barry Galbraith, Jimmy Raney, Chuck Wayne, Mundell Lowe, Wes Montgomery and others understood the conversational quality ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Royce Campbell: Solo Trane

Read "Solo Trane" reviewed by Jack Huntley

There are some albums which, on the very first listening, create an immediate auditory union with the musician. Credit ability, musicality, interpretation, song choice, or a blending of each, Royce Campbell's solo guitar tribute to the music of John Coltrane, Solo Trane, is one of those albums. It crackles with energy and creative force as Campbell ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Summary Judgment: Royce Campbell

Summary Judgment: Royce Campbell

I just received a new CD from guitarist Royce Campbell, the third he's kindly sent me to review. While I owe him a longer writeup on his “Movie Songs Project" with Phil Woods, I wanted to share his name and my thoughts on his music sooner than I'll be able to do otherwise. Campbell's latest release ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

31st Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "31st Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by Matt Marshall

31st Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio April 15-25, 2010 In its 31st offing, the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland followed a familiar yet engaging formula. One that, over the years, has made it the largest music festival in Ohio and the largest educational jazz festival in the country. The clinics and workshops for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Royce Campbell: The Art of Chord Solo Guitar

Read "The Art of Chord Solo Guitar" reviewed by John Patten

Royce Campbell's The Art of Chord Solo Guitar extends his considerable collection of solo guitar releases, this time working on a series of standard tunes. Campbell's extensive résumé includes stints with everyone from Marvin Gaye and Eddie Harris to Henry Mancini, and it's clear he's used his professional time to gain the skills necessary ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 28, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 2 6 Carla Bley Carla’s Christmas Carols (ECM) 163 192 -29 12 62 1 3 2 20 46 The Airmen Of Note Cool Yule (Self Released) 143 103 +40 6 29 2 3 3 8 3 Eric Alexander Revival Of The Fittest (HighNote) 140 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Royce Campbell: Get Happy

Read "Get Happy" reviewed by Jim Santella

Guitarist Royce Campbell collected songs with happy themes for this trio recording. Featuring violinist Joe Kennedy (1923-2004), the session swings in the mood intended, with an acoustic timbre and an open resonance to match. String jazz gets too little attention; yet, the violin has been with jazz since its inception. Guitar and double-bass remain integral elements ...


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