Jazz Guitarist, Frank Kohl was born and raised in the NYC metro area. He began playing guitar at age 7. He started his journey into jazz by joining his award winning high school jazz band. Musicians such as: Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Martino and Jim Hall were milestones along the way of his musical development. One of his greatest influences was at a jazz club in NY called Rapsins. Here he could listen to uncompromised, cutting edge jazz of the highest level with musicians like: Linc Chamberlin- guitar, Lyn Christie- bass, Dave Liebman- sax. Later Frank became A student of Linc and soon he was performing with Lyn Christie.
" I remember around this time going to see Tony Williams Lifetime with John McLaughlin and organist Larry Young. My idea of what jazz was forever changed. I knew then that anything was possible in jazz"
In 1972 Frank attended Berklee College of Music and graduated in 1976 with honors. Students and teachers at that time in Berklee were: John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow and Gary Burton.
After Berklee, Frank moved back to NY and performed professionally. In 1981, he released first LP "Reform" The Frank Kohl Quartet featuring Bassist Michael Moore.
Around 1983 Frank moved to the San Francisco Bay area and performed his music for years And became a member of Don McCaslin Sr's band Warmth.
In 1990 Frank moved to Seattle where he lives today performing at NW jazz clubs such as: Tula's, Boxley's, Egan's, The Jazz Station.
Frank also spends time in NY recording and performing at clubs like Small's, The Metropolitan Room, The Bean Runner.
In 2008 Frank recorded his second CD, "Coast to Coast" The Frank Kohl Quartet in NY with brother and pianist, Tom Kohl. It received rave reviews from Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz, Mike Stern, to name a few.
In 2013 Frank recorded his 3rd CD, "Invisible Man" The Frank Kohl Quartet on Pony Boy Records featuring NY bassist Steve LaSpina.
Members of Frank's quartet vary, in Seattle you can hear him with: Bill Anchell, John Hansen, Jeff Johnson, Steve Luceno, Matt Jorgenson, Greg Williamson and others. In NY: Steve LaSpina, Tom Kohl, Steve Roane, Jon Doty And others.
"Invisible Man" ....."his soaring solos and swinging tunes unveil a spirit tuned into the moment and where the notes may lead. With Kohl's clearly mastered technique, his solo's sing true with room for breath and emotion"
Steve Griggs, Earshot Jazz Magazine
As the theme of his new CD states:
" May we all believe in ourselves and not be deterred by the obstacles we face, I dedicate my music to that invisible part in all of us.