Frank Kohl


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FRANK KOHLS BIO February 10, 2015

Seattle based guitarist, Frank Kohl, returns home to New York to promote his new CD, Invisible Man Frank Kohl Quartet. Earshot Jazz had this to say about his latest CD:

His soaring solos and swinging tunes unveil a spirit

tuned into the moment and where the notes may lead. . . While Kohl clearly mastered technique, his guitar solos sing true with room for breath and emotion.

Earshot Jazz 12/2014

Frank was born and raised in New York where he began his musical journey by joining his award winning high school jazz band. Some of his first guitar influences were Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Par Martino, Jim Hall and Joe Pass.

One of Franks first big jazz experiences was going to a club called, Rapsins. Here he could witness uncompromised cutting edge jazz of the highest level with musicians like Dave Leibman, Linc Chamberlin, Lyn Christie. Frank became a student of guitarist Linc Chamberlin and soon after was performing with bassist, Lyn Christie.

In 1972, Frank went to Berklee College of Music and graduated with honors in 1976. Fellow students and teachers at that time were: Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Steve Swallow, Gary Burton.

Frank moved back to New York and performed professionally. In 1981 Frank released his first recording, Reform, featuring bassist, Michael Moore.

He then moved to San Francisco Bay area and became a member of the Don McCaslin Sr band, Warmth.

In 1990 Frank moved to Seattle where he lives today.

Franks 2nd CD, Coast to Coast, was recorded in New York in 2008 with brother and pianist, Tom Kohl. All About Jazz writes:

From first to last, Coast to Coast is done with a memorable conviction and even greater facility. ***** Five Stars

All About Jazz, 10/2011

Frank is joined by bassist, Steve LaSpina, pianist, Tom Kohl, drummer Jon Doty.