Roy

Guitarist Roy Louis is a native born of the Caribbean Island Curacao, the Netherlands. In early 1972 he moved with his brother Elmer Louis to Amsterdam where they formed together with former drummer/singer and recording artist Guillermo Marchena, the band “SHIELD“.

 



Throughout the 1975, Roy was noticed by well established producers such as Sylvester Levay, Ralf Siegel, Keith Forsey and jazz musicians such as Hannes Beckmann, Dusko Goykovich, Peter Herbolzheimer as well as WEA Recording Artist and Grammy Nominee Klaus Doldinger as the new young guitarist in Germany. It was Grammy Winner Joe Gallardo who realised that besides his amazing guitar skills, Roy is an outstanding electric bassist when he was just about to Record his first European Latin Jazz album LATINO BLUE.

 



In 1976, Roy and Elmer Louis joined the ranks of Europe’s best known Jazz Fusion group of the 70s PASSPORT of KLAUS DOLDINGER, that included notable members as Curt Cress, Kristian Schultze and Wolfgang Schmid, followed by local and international tours organised by Fritz Rau's prestigious Agency LIPMANN & RAU. The worldwide release of PASSPORT's Best Selling Albums on WEA, IGUACU and SKY BLUE (ATARAXIA) were a big success on both side of the continent Europe and the U.S. These albums reached the U.S.BILLBOARD -Charts. The DOWNBEAT Jazz Magazine wrote: PASSPORT, "the Answer to WEATHER REPORT".

 



In early 1979, Roy Louis departed from the supergroup PASSPORT and formed together with former colleagues, Wolfgang Schmid, Guillermo Marchena, Elmer Louis, Bobby Stern and Geoff Stradling the group HEAD HEART and HANDS, to persue his own musical dreams and artistic directions. The band soon became another Jazz Fusion Explosion which featured many compositions written by Roy. This led to the Metronome Record release of HEAD HEART and HANDS, FLOR DI ANGLO on Mood Records and Blue Flame for THE BEST OF HEAD HEART and HANDS.

 


In 1997, Roy and Elmer received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the MUSIC ASSOCIATION of Curacao on the 35th Anniversary Concert, at Jan Thiel.

NEW CD "SPREAD THE NEWS" is in the making

 

The Music

Roy Louis is set to launch a selection of his best compositions written in the last two decades, straight from the vault, performed by some of the best Jazz Musicians on the globe today.

Musicians

Featured International guests will include: Hadrien Feraud, Linley Marthe, Raul Pineda, Yoran Vroom, Russell Ferrante, Bob Franceschini, Andy Narell, David Haynes, Renead Gensane and others to be announced.

Short Biography

Roy Louis is one of the new breed of contemporary Jazz Composer. A skillful, powerful and soulful Soloist, as well as an Arranger, he is constantly exploring combinations of old and new, resulting in a fresh and personal new approach to electronic Jazz.


As both Guitarist and Bassist, ROY LOUIS performed/recorded with notable artists such as: Klaus Doldinger’s Passport, Peter Herbolzheimer, Airto Moreira, Thad Jones, Roy Ayers, Isaac Hayes, Frank McComb, Toots Thielemans, Ed Calle and Andy Narell.


His newly formed International Band ROY LOUIS - Intelligent Force preparing for a Caribbean and Asian Tour for 2018 with an explosive lineup featuring: LINLEY MARTHE -Bass, formerly with Joe Zawinul Syndicate, YORAN VROOM -Drums, currently with Frank McComb, duet with Cory Henry, KUNO SCHMID -Keyboards, worked with Frank Gambale, Bob Mintzer, Birelli Lagrene. ELMER LOUIS –Percussion, performed with Tania Maria, Frank McComb, Roy Ayers, Paquito d’Rivera, Chick Corea and many more! 


The ROY LOUIS -New CD “Spread The News” official release is due in Spring, January 2018 .


Roy is endorsed by: YAMAHA Corporation. Guitar Models: Yamaha SA 2200. Yamaha Silent Acoustic Guitar. Line 6 HELIX Guitar Processor.


The Roy Louis Band

The Roy Louis Band (Eletric Jazz, Fusion, Worldmusic)

...the fire of “Latin Rhythms”, the drive of “Rock”, the heart and soul of “Rhythm & Blues” and the sophistication of “Jazz" ....

The manifestation of the “New ROY LOUIS Band” literally explodes with energy, spontaneity and sheer variety of timbres.
Roy Louis’s compositions, the use of harmonies and world rhythms are astounding. This Band is an arrangemental tour-de-force,
a smorgasbord for the ears.

They will take you through a mesmerizing experience!
Roy Louis

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