Roy Carlson

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Bassist Roy Carlson has been an active member of the jazz community for more than three decades.  He is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a Master’s Degree in Music Education.


In the mid ’70’s Roy worked out of Las Vegas backing pop singers and groups like The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and other Motown stars. He played in Hawaii for the better part of a year, then went to New York where he played some well known venues; The Waldorf with Sammy Davis and Arthur Prysock, Madison Square Garden with Curtis Mayfield. He even did a two week run at "Small’s Paradise," the famous jazz club in Harlem.


Over the years Roy has had the good fortune of playing with several major names in jazz, among them Joe Henderson, Gary Burton, Ernie Watts, Blue Mitchell, Lou Marini, Bob Mintzer, plus numerous pop acts when they came to town. Roy was a founding member of the jazz fusion band, NO PRISONERS, that also included Mike Dana, Craig Von Berg, and Brian Hamada. He has been a long time staff musician for Good Company Players and Northwest Church.

 

Roy currently teaches instrumental music with Fresno Unified School District and continues to enjoy going on musical adventures with the local jazz luminaries.


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