b. John Payne Guerin, 31 October 1939, Hawaii, USA, d. 5 January 2004, West Hills, California, USA. Guerin was raised in San Diego, California, where he taught himself to play drums and formed a successful jazz group while still in his teens. In the early and mid-60s he had spells with the Buddy De Franco /Tommy Gumina Quartet and George Shearing, then later in the decade and in the 70s played and sometimes recorded with Ray Brown, Roger Kellaway, Blue Mitchell, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, and Tom Scott, and many other leading jazz musicians. He also crossed over into rock, working notably with Frank Zappa (1969’s Hot Rats) and the Byrds. Concurrently, he worked in television and recording studios, backing artists such as Frank Sinatra. When Tom Scott formed the group, L.A. Express, Guerin was a founder member. This was in 1973 ...
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