Andy Kotz

Born in Detroit and raised in Michigan, Argentina, Arizona, Oregon and California...It all started with a summer job as a lighting and sound apprentice at The Golden Bear Nightclub in Huntington Beach, CA in 1977. I saw Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton and The Robben Ford Band and was immediately in love with the guitar.

My grandfather Agustin Cornejo was a reknowned Argentine folk guitarist so the instrument was in my blood. Two years at Golden West College, a year of study at G.I.T. (March/1983-84) and my love for jazz and r&b led to cover bands in southern California to learn the skill of musicianship.

I then worked for 14 years out of the Los Angeles area (Burbank, CA), playing, writing, producing and/or recording with the likes of The Worthy Davis Project, Louie Louie, Gerardo, Freejack, Hayden (Motown still owes me for that session!), a very brief stint with Otis Day and the Knights, Michael Schlessinger, Danielle LoPresti, (sampling/sequencing for M.D.) Chuckie Booker's TLC Tour, Michelle Shocked, Chante Moore, After 7 and El DeBarge before relocating to Minneapolis, MN in 1997, playing with the Ronny Loew Band and composing for my sister and film producer Cristina Kotz Cornejo (cKc). I have toured around the world with various recording artists as well as leading several bands in southern California.

Currently compose, arrange and produce tracks for hire with among others, George H. Johnson. (vocalist/lyricist).

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From Guitar Player Magazine (January 2009 issue) ... What Editor in Chief- Michael Molenda says about Andy Kotz's track “Driving”:

“Jump into Kotz's car and you won't get anywhere fast, but you'll dig the slow, funky ride. Kotz lets his churning groove percolate like an idling Ferrari and leaves a lot of space between his buzzy, often wah-filtered bends and melody stabs. It's a slick display of restrained seduction.”



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