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.
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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
allows him to enunciate melodies simply and plainly. Electric
bass, drums, a distant piano and catch-all congas
complement the sound. Solo work comes from piano, tenor
saxophone, vibraphone, and Arroyo’s guitar, which he uses
to emphasize straightforward melodies.
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