A full- time musician since age 17, Royce Campbell has now been playing over 35 years. His talent became apparent early, and by age 21, he was touring with R&B legend Marvin Gaye. In 1975 Campbell began touring with award-winning film composer Henry Mancini, and he would remain with Mancini for 19 years. Campbell has released over 20 CD’s as leader or co-leader. Eleven consecutive CDs have made it onto the US national jazz radio charts, including four reaching the top ten.
Campbell has recorded with many of the greats of the jazz guitar, including legendary Pat Martino, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, and Cal Collins, Pat Martino, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Mundell Lowe, John Pisano, Charlie Byrd, Gene Bertoncini, and Bucky Pizzarelli. Royce has toured in Europe eight times and in Japan ten times as a soloist. Royce has also performed with many other jazz giants such as Mel Torme, James Moody, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn, Jack McDuff, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Joe Williams, Cleo Laine, Eddie Daniels, Eddie Harris, Frank Morgan, Ken Poplowski, Gerry Mulligan, Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Vanessa Rubin, Jimmy Cobb, Fred Hersch, Rosemary Clooney, and Mose Allison.
Royce has been featured on the covers of String Jazz and Just Jazz Guitar. He also has been featured in profiles in Jazz Times, Down Beat, Guitar Player Magazine, 21st Century Guitar, Japan's Swing Journal and Germany's Akustik Gitarre.
Campbell’s primary influence has always been Wes Montgomery, and in his honor, Royce produced the historic recording “Project G-5, A Tribute to Wes Montgomery" as well as the CD “Remembering Wes” featuring Mel Rhyne, former organ player with the Wes Montgomery trio.
~Songs to listen to~
Girl_From_Ipanema ~ Autumn_Leaves ~ Satin_Doll ~ Summertime