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Rob Kohler

Bassist, composer, and educator Rob Kohler has been a featured performer at many music festivals around the world including; Montreux, Strawberry, Vancouver International, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop, to name a few.

He has been a regular at Stanford Jazz Workshop since 1991. From 2006-08 Kohler served as the Education Director for SJW. He helped to design and implement a successful middle school jazz program at NOCCA in New Orleans and is a regular clinician there to date.

As a composer Rob has been the recipient of two NEA Grants and his originals have been featured on numerous recordings. His greatly anticipated Jazz Theory Book is slated for an early summer release. He is currently directing an elementary orchestra in the Inglewood School District in Los Angeles, gigging around town, working in the studios, and writing songs for movies and TV.


Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Instructor, After School Strings at Beulah Payne Elementary School, January 2012-present Instructor, Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts, January 2009 - July 2010 Instructor, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Summer Jazz Camp, 2008 - 2010 Director, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Middle School Saturday Jazz Workshop, 2008 - 2009 Education Director and Jazz Camp Faculty Director, Stanford University Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, May 2006 - 2009 Classroom Music Instructor (private K-12 school), Oak Hill School Eugene, Oregon, 1998 – 2006 Instructor in bass, small combo, and music theory, University of Oregon Jazz Camp 1999 – 2006 Instructor in bass, small combo, and music theory, South Delta Jazz Workshop, Vancouver, B.C., 2003 to present Music instructor and student advisor, Headwaters Academy private high school, Bozeman, Montana, 1993 - 1998 Instructor in bass, small combo, and music theory, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Stanford University, 1991 to present Co-organizer and instructor at Bozeman Bass Bash, Bozeman, Montana, 1994 - 1999, 2001, 2006 with Carole Kaye, Barry Green, Anthony Cox, Murray Grodner, Jeff Berlin, Otiel Burbridge, Billy Sheehan, Bill Dickens, Bob Babbitt and others Private music instructor, 1980 to present



Album Celestial Skies by Rob Kohler

Celestial Skies

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