Royce Campbell

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Royce Campbell
Birth name Royce Greer
Born (1952-06-07) June 7, 1952 (age 66)
North Vernon, Indiana, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1971–present
Labels Philology, Moon Cycle
Associated acts Henry Mancini

Royce Campbell (born June 7, 1952) is a jazz guitarist from Indiana who was a member of the Henry Mancini orchestra for twenty years.

Musical career[edit]

He was born in North Vernon, Indiana. When he was five, his mother married a career Navy man, and Campbell grew up in cities throughout the U.S. and the world.[1] Exposure to a variety of genres contributed to his musical style. A love for rock and roll marked his first connection with the guitar, at the age of nine, when he discovered Chuck Berry. Like many guitarists of his generation, he was influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.[2]

By the time he finished high school in Spain in the early 1970s, he had decided to pursue a career in music. His uncle, pianist Carroll DeCamp, who had done arrangements for Stan Kenton and Les Elgart, invited him to Indianapolis to live and study. His uncle provided his education in music theory and composition.[1] At 21, he toured with rhythm and blues (R&B) singer Marvin Gaye before spending twenty years as a member of the Henry Mancini orchestra. He held the job until Mancini's death in 1994.[3]

During the 1990s, Campbell recorded more as a leader. In 1993, he produced Project G-5: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery which also featured guitarists Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, Herb Ellis, and fellow Hoosier Cal Collins. His 1994 album 6x6 featured guitarists Pat Martino, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Dave Stryker, and Bucky Pizzarelli. On Project G-5: A Tribute to Joe Pass (1999) he combined the talents of Charlie Byrd, Gene Bertoncini, Mundell Lowe, and John Pisano.

In November 2010, Royce Campbell was inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame.


Year Title Label
1983 Solo Guitar Redbud
1987 Around the Town Raised Eyebrow
1990 Nighttime Daydreams Timeless
1993 Elegy to a Friend Raised Eyebrow
1993 Vista Sin-Drome
1994 A Tribute to Wes Montgomery Evidence
1994 Vista – WTPI 10th Anniversary Jazz Sampler WTPI
1994 6x6 Paddle Wheel
1994 Gentle Breeze Timeless
1995 Make Me Rainbows Positive Music
1995 A Tribute to Henry Mancini Tuxedo Music
1998 Pitapat A Records
1999 Hands Across the Water String Jazz
1999 A Tribute to Joe Pass King
1999 Royce Campbell with Strings Chase Music
1999 Remembering Wes Savant
1999 Stella by Starlight/Jazz After Midnight St. Clair Entertainment Group
2000 Prelude to a Kiss – Jazz Guitarists Who's Who: The Art of Solo Guitar King
2002 Trioing Jardis
2003 A Tribute to Charlie Byrd Jardis
2006 Trio by Starlight Philology
2007 Get Happy Foxhaven
2008 Roses & Wine Philology
2009 All Standards...and a Blues Philology
2009 Movie Songs Project (with Phil Woods) Philology
2010 What is This Thing Called? Philology
2004 Six by Six: A Jazz Guitar Celebration Moon Cycle
2004 A Jazz Guitar Christmas Moon Cycle
2005 Plays for Lovers Moon Cycle
2006 Elegy to a Friend Moon Cycle
2006 Gypsy Soul Moon Cycle
2007 A Solo Guitar Christmas Moon Cycle
2008 The Art of Chord Solo Guitar Moon Cycle
2008 A Jazz Guitar Christmas: Volume 2 Moon Cycle
2009 Solo Wes: A Solo Guitar Tribute to Wes Montgomery Moon Cycle
2009 Solo Mancini: A Solo Guitar Tribute to Henry Mancini Moon Cycle
2010 Solo Trane: A Solo Guitar Tribute to John Coltrane Moon Cycle
2010 Triologue: Concepts Moon Cycle
2011 Jazz Blues Moon Cycle
2012 The Beginning Moon Cycle
2015 Romancing the Tone Moon Cycle


  1. ^ a b Myers, Marc (14 September 2010). "Royce Campbell: Playing Pretty - JazzWax". JazzWax. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. ^ Heidt, John. "Royce Campbell." Vintage Guitar. July (2005): 26.
  3. ^ Alexander, Charles. Masters of Jazz Guitar: The Story of the Players and Their Music. London, UK: Balafon Books, 1999, 185.

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