Roy Guzman, a 21-year-old jazz guitarist and composer from Cupey, Puerto Rico, brings his talented quintet of fellow Berklee students to Salem for an afternoon of original improvisational music. As a member of Orbits, Guzman released two albums, 12-6-5 and SaDesahogo, and has performed at the Heineken, Carolina, San Juan, and Xalapa jazz festivals.
Guzman began playing popular Latin guitar at the age of eight, followed by studies of classical guitar in the conservatory. At age 13, influenced by sounds of Latin jazz present in Puerto Rico, began studying jazz. Since age 16, Roy has been a part of the growing jazz scene of the San Juan's metropolitan area.
When Guzman was a member of Orbits Quintet, the group attended jazz seminars at the Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada with full scholarship support provided by Dave Douglas, Miguel Zenon and the Banff Centre. His teachers include Hal Crook, Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, Dave Santoro, Dave Tronzo and Greg Osby.
In addition to Guzman, the Roy Guzman Quintet features:
- Billy Buss, trumpet, winner of two Down Beat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Performance/Soloist
- Greg Chaplin, bass, selected as bassist for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Combo, where he played with Phil Woods, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Patti Austin, and others
- Michael Sachs, saxophone, attending Berklee on a full tuition scholarship
- Mark Whitfield Jr., drums, performer at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center