Quetzal Guerrero

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Quetzal Guerrero
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, Latin, soul, funk, samba, reggae
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, educator
Instruments Vocals, guitar, violin, percussion
Years active 2000-2011
Labels Yoruba
Website www.qviolin.com

Quetzal Guerrero is an American-born, Latin soul singer.


Early life and education[edit]

When he was only four, Arizona native Quetzal Guerrero picked up the violin and hasn’t put it down since.[1] As a child and adolescent, Quetzal studied violin at the famous International Academy of the Suzuki Method, in Matsumoto, Japan, and the Conservatorio Pernambucano de Musica in Recife, Brazil. Through the years, Quetzal's proficiency in violin, guitar, percussion, and vocals has allowed him to grow into one of the more prominent artists in the Latin Soul music scene. Quetzal is akin to such Grammy Award winning musicians as Jamiroquai, Maxwell and Van Hunt, who all have distinct sounds[2]


Quetzal's touring and performing has led to collaborations and performances with a long string of iconic musicians and performers, including Tito Puente,[3] Lalo Guerrero, Cristian Castro, Acoustic Alchemy and Jorge Santana.[4] Mr. Guerrero's talents have also garnered praise from world-renowned producers and DJs, including Osunlade, Rocky Dawuni, Grammy Award winner Vikter Duplaix and key influencer Garth Trinidad of 89.9 FM KCRW and KCRW.org.

Musical stylings[edit]

Quetzal's music, much like his American/Mexican/Brazilian heritage, bridges many Latin and American cultures and styles.[5] The result is music that offers a convergence of styles and influences spanning American folk, soul, jazz, funk, samba, bossa nova, reggae, and Afrobeat.[6] His sound is inspired by the likes of Sting, Sade, Santana and during his live performances Quetzal mixes in 90's R&B and Neo-Soul covers by groups like Groove Theory and Wreckx-N-Effect, a multi-platinum New Jack Swing Hip-Hop group produced by Teddy Riley.

Album releases[edit]

Following the release of the critically acclaimed Vamos Conversar EP (2007) and Now (2009) through Yoruba Records, Quetzal's second album, Coiza Boa (Good Thing), released the summer of 2011, is his most recent work to date. The album is sung in English and Portuguese.

Quetzal is an accomplished dancer and capoeirista currently residing in Los Angeles, California.


Solo albums[edit]

Original release date Album Label
March 2, 2005 Big Wet Mop Independent
March 2, 2006 Buscando Independent
March 2, 2007 Cascabel Independent
August 17, 2008 Vamos Conversar Yoruba Records
August 17, 2009 The Acoustic Album Independent
August 17, 2010 Now Yoruba Records
July 2, 2011 Coiza Boa Independent


  1. ^ Alex Stouffer posted on September 07, 2010 16:06 (2010-09-07). "Music Weekly – Quetzal Guerrero >". The Fullertonian. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  2. ^ Hines, Natalie (2010-01-18). "Last Night: Quetzal Guerrero, Commonwealth Lounge, Fullerton - Orange County Music - Heard Mentality". Blogs.ocweekly.com. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  3. ^ Andrew Crawford (2004-03-09). "Quetzal Guerrero". Qguerrero.com. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  4. ^ "10 Questions for Quetzal Guerrero': Coiza Boa". Fifty100. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  5. ^ "The Compound Grill Phoenix, Arizona Live Music Venue and Restaurant - Quetzal Guerrero and the Warriors". Thecompoundgrill.com. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  6. ^ "APCMA - Quetzal Guerrero". Aboriginalpeopleschoice.com. 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2011-07-29.