Photo: Steven Sussman
Paul Bollenback's emotionally expressive style and eclectic approach is the result of years of listening, studying and playing music by Carlos Santana, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Kenny Burrell, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Jimi Hendrix. Bollenback attended the University of Miami as a music major. He later studied privately for eight years with Baltimore-based professor of Theory/Composition Asher Zlotnik. In 1997, Bollenback was named Musician of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards, and became an Adjunct Professor of Music at the American University in Washington, DC. In addition to his continued associations with Gary Bartz, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Joey DeFrancesco, Joe Locke, and East Meets Jazz, Paul continues to tour with his own groups.
Recent performances include the Blue Note in Fukuoka, Japan, the Blue Note In New York City, Le Club in Moscow, the Newark Museum and the Rochester Jazz Festival. He teaches at Queens College, the New School and at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Paul has appeared on the Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Joan Rivers, The Today Show, and Entertainment Tonight. Paul has been a resident artist at the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 1999.