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Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Mike Arroyo is a native of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He was 8 years old when his parents bought him his first guitar. At 15, he started music lessons at the Lino Padro Rivera high school, continuing with formal studies at the Conservatory of Music, and at the Inter-American University of P.R. In addition, he has studied guitar with guitarist-teachers Georgina Olmo, Dr.Jorge Pastrana, Tony Marrero, Fernando Mattina, Jody Fisher, and Charlie Banacos. Mike Arroyo is considered a pioneer in the sacred music scene in Puerto Rico. In 2001, he recorded his first musical production "Straight To Heaven." He also produced and organized a "Christian Jazz Night Concert" with the participation of Puerto Rican pianist Luis Marin and trumpet player Jochi Rodriguez. In 2003, Mike finished his second musical production "My Jazzy Mood" with the collaboration of musicians such as John Benitez, Alon Yavnai, Richie Flores, Jason Lidner, Gene Jackson and others. He graduated Cum Laude from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, in 2004, and went on to study with guitarist-educator Jody Fisher at the National Guitar Workshop in Chicago, Illinois

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Full Circle

Featuring the music of Mike Arroyo
Duration: 4:44

Pat Bianchi-organ, Vince Ector-drums, Mike Arroyo-guitar recording at Tedesco Studio New Jersey 6/20/13 CD "Full Circle". Full Circle-Mike Arroyo composer.

Transition

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Street Jam; The Whisper of God; Stay With Us (Quedate Con Nosotros); God Bless The Child; Hay Una Uncion; His Eye Is On The Sparrow; Sambinha da Esperanza: Verde Luz; Recuerdo de Humacao; El Cuidara de mi; Trust and Obey.

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Mike Arroyo: Transition

Read "Transition" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Mike Arroyo, from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico is no ordinary jazz artist. He believes in a higher calling where his devotion to music is secondary to his commitment to his faith. Arroyo is a jazz guitarist who is first and foremost a full-time pastor with an almost religious fervor to spreading the music as well as ...

My Jazzy Mood

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007
Track listing: Florecitas; Bridge Over Troubled Water; Initial Flight; Vine A Adorar (Worship Tune); Miro al Cielo (Jammin At Heaven); On Que Amigo es Cristo (What A Friend We Have In Jesus); Perfect World; Florecitas (vocal).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Arroyo: My Jazzy Mood

Read "My Jazzy Mood" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Guitarist/composer/arranger Mike Arroyo's press release affirms that he is a pioneer on the sacred music scene in Puerto Rico. Having received the inspiration for Christian music from his parents, Arroyo studied at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, as well as taking instruction from jazz guitarists Vic Juris, Jody Fisher and several others. His 2001 debut ...

My Jazzy Mood

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2006
Track listing: Florecitas; Bridge Over Troubled Water; Initial Flight; Vine a Adorar; Mira al Cielo; Oh Que Amigo es Cristo; Perfect Mood; Florecitas.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Arroyo: My Jazzy Mood

Read "My Jazzy Mood" reviewed by Jim Santella

Smooth jazz guitarist Mike Arroyo recorded these sessions several years ago in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Brooklyn, New York. His guitar takes us on a tour of traditional tunes, a few spiritual excursions, and plenty of Latin jazz textures to complement the scene. Arroyo prefers a gentle touch and a fluid technique that ...


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