Born: January 3, 1978 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Roger Noyes is a cross-genre guitarist whose playing is rooted primarily in blues-oriented forms. He currently writes and performs with the Arch Stanton Quartet, whose music finds influence in post-bop jazz, but he also performs with groups specializing in other genres, from straight-ahead jazz to barroom/roots rock. His instrumental writing and playing, in particular, are inspired by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, John Scofield, Nels Cline, Grant Green, Neil Young and Danny Gatton: musicians who are genre-bending, take an unusual approach to harmony, and/or have a strong blues-soul sensibility. In addition to guitar, he also plays bass and pedal steel. He can be heard on recent recordings by Dan Johnson and the Expert Sidemen (Sleep on the Way), Grainbelt (A Distant Sound) and on the Arch Stanton Quartet's debut album (Along For The Ride).