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Paul Bollenback Biography

After brief flirtations in his youth with the trumpet, trombone, and clarinet, guitarist Paul Bollenback was given a nylon-string guitar from his father for his seventh birthday. At eleven, Paul’s family relocated to New Delhi, India for 3 years and, now exposed to the exotic music of the South Asia, Bollenback seemed destined to be a musician. After years as an avid Rock n’ Roll fan, Bollenback became fascinated with Jazz after hearing the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Miles Davis records.

With his musical aspirations intensifying after his exposure to the Jazz and Fusion sounds, Bollenback attended the University of Miami as a music major. After graduating, he spent eight years studying with Baltimore-based professor of Theory / Composition Asher Zlotnik. During this time, Paul became a fixture in the Washington D.C. music scene, where he was named Musician of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards. After this, Paul’s career began to blossom. He received grants from the Virginia Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. His compositions on Joey Defrancesco’s Reboppin' earned him a SESAC award for original songs.

Paul has toured the Jazz haunts around the world, developing a reputation as a emotional player with a unique, ferocious soloing style and multi-cultural compositional mastery. His worldly flair and expansive influences have combined to create a distinct sound. Whether playing on television shows such as The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show, pleasing audiences at packed clubs like New York’s Blue Note or Moscow’s Le Club, or working with legends such as Stanley Turrentine or Herb Ellis, Paul Bollenback is widely agreed to be one of the best young talents in Jazz and is capable of carrying the improvisational torch that burns so bright amongst the Jazz community.
John Hart Biography
Born in 1961, guitarist John Hart has been a force on the Jazz scene for decades, releasing numerous albums for the Blue Note, Concord, and Hepjazz labels. After graduating from the University of Miami in the 1983, Hart relocated to New York City and immersed himself in the ground-breaking Jazz community. His talents found him immediately embraced by New York’s Jazz scene as he began playing and recording with accomplished musicians such as Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, Jon Hendricks, Chris Potter, and Randy Brecker.
Hart’s abilities on the guitar have earned him a reputation as a diverse player, who travels with ease through the diverse genres of Jazz. From Fusion to Free, Bop to Acoustic, Hart has the magnificent gift of adaptation, and has aptly used it playing flawlessly in the varied styles of the leaders he worked with. As a leader himself, John Hart has been an eclectic soul, creating albums that span the medium.
Whether recording original composition on one of his numerous albums or for soundtracks for television shows such as Sex and The City, playing standards alongside the current and past pioneers of the Jazz landscape, improvising at a host of international Jazz festivals, teaching the art of Jazz to future generations, or participating as a member of the famed house band for the Apollo Theater, John Hart is quiet domineer can’t silence the echo of his enduring sound or the lasting influence of his life and career in music.