Ian Roller is a Los Angeles native Producer, Composer, Musical Director and multi-instrumentalist, residing in LA.
Curiosity has struck Ian in many different ways over 32 musically inclined years, and the results have been consistently unique. Primarily a Tenor Saxophonist, Ian has also throughout his career picked up other Saxophones, Clarinets, Flutes, Piano, Synthesizers, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, and most recently, Vocals. Growing up in West LA and the San Fernando Valley afforded Ian a strong music education from an early age from the likes of Ben Wendel, Rob Lockart, Dan Taguchi (Hamilton Music Academy), and Gary Pratt (CSU Northridge). Ian also has to thank Bennie Maupin and Stanley Clarke for their mentorship.
A few months after graduating from college in 2011, Ian co-founded an 18-piece big band called the Late Night Jazz Orchestra (LNJO), with the intention of giving post-collegiate jazz musicians a chance to continue honing their skills in a big band format with people in a similar age group. A few years later, he founded GENR8R, an 8-piece "neo-Funk" band which released its debut album, "Music for People" in 2018.
Ian's experience leading different types of bands has naturally led to opportunities in Musical Direction, as well as contracting musicians, arranging, orchestrating, and all kinds of recording work. A born leader and connector, Ian's magnetic personality has brought together countless musicians and creatives.
Ian has performed and recorded with: Portugal. the Man, The Pocket Queen, Mr. Carmack, DJ Quik, Josef Leimberg, Taylor Graves, Da'Kah Hip Hop Orchestra, Double G's Jazz Knights, Jairus Mozee, Morgxn, So-So Topic, Elusive, Bennie Maupin, Alphonso Johnson, Airto Moreira, Austin Wintory, Tnava, Adam Deitch, Sly5thAve, Robert "Sput" Searight, Sam Barsh, Mon Laferte, Roget Chahayed, Kintaro, PBDY, Brian Collier, Moor-Diisko Digital, Miles Mosley, India Carney, Kyla Moscovich, Jimetta Rose, Natasha Agrama, Amber Navran, Maiya Sykes, Honey Larochelle, Olivia Kuper Harris, TJ Wilkins, Harry Mack, Bubbs, Stan Taylor, Nic Jackson, Capital Cities, Bryce Soderberg, Todd Morse, Jeremy Piven, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Captain Supernova, John Daversa, Melora Hardin, Kim Jo Han - the list continues to grow...
Ian's infectious passion for music continues to grow and guide him through this world with a sense of purpose-bringing people together through music.