|Birth name||Robert Mahlon Kohler|
|Origin||Great Falls, Montana|
|Associated acts||This World, Stanford Jazz Workshop|
Rob Kohler (born October 3, 1963) is an American jazz bass player, composer, educator, and author, best known as being the bassist for the band This World and a bass instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Kohler was born in Great Falls, Montana to John, a respected educator and musician, and Marjorie, a well regarded church organist. Kohler would often perform music with his parents and siblings in his youth. After graduating from Great Falls High School and briefly attending college in Boise, Idaho, Kohler was a founding member of the band In Flight with his older brother Lee and their friend Robi Johns.
In Flight grew popular in Montana and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1987. After disbanding in 1990, Lee and Rob reformed the group in 1995 under the name This World. They produced an eponymous album in 1996 with Cookie Marenco, a Grammy award-winning producer. During this time, Kohler performed extensively at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Bozeman Bass Bash, and the Strawberry Festival. Kohler has also recorded and performed extensively with Oregon-based Folk singer Alice Di Micele. Kohler's work with his band Spirit Session was reviewed by CADENCE Magazine, a nationally renowned Jazz publication, in 2006. Currently, Kohler is based in Los Angeles, and performs regularly with Winston Raval and the Vanishing Tribe, a band that fuses Jazz with Traditional Filipino music, and The Honorifics, a Las Vegas-based rock band. The Honorifics have won multiple Indie Music Channel Awards and have been featured in Indie Rock Magazine.
Kohler began teaching at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 1991, playing with Ravi Coltrane in his first year. During his time at Stanford, Kohler has performed and taught artists such as Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti, John Stowell, Ambrose Akinmusire, Fabian Almazan, Anton Schwartz, and Charles Altura. He was education director at SJW from 2006–2007. Kohler also taught at NOCCA in New Orleans, Louisiana, implementing a Middle School Jazz program there that lasted until 2009. He has been an instructor at the annual South Delta Jazz Workshop in Ladner, BC since 2003. In 2013, Kohler wrote and published a text book on Beginner Jazz Theory, entitled Music Theory from A to G, which is published by Kohler Music Publishing, a company run by Kohler's sister Kate Kohler. He is also working on a series of Bass Instructional Youtube videos.
A Thousand Faces (1998)
The Kohler/Green Project
Harmony and Bells (2007) (with Clay Green)
With Alice Di Micele
Alice Live (2000)
By Ebb & By Flow (2007)
With Kate Kohler
Unexpected Romance (2010)
The Sound (2005)
With The Honorifics
with Jared Burrows
Jared Burrows Quartet - Northern Exposure (1999)
Jared Burrows Trio - December Sessions (2001)
Jared Burrows Trio - Plan on Stan (2003)
Jared Burrows Trio - Aspects (2009)
with Len Aruliah
Len Aruliah Quartet - Full Circle (2007)
with Knotty Ensemble
Knotty Bit (2000)
- Rob Kohler | Kohler Music
- The International Institute Of Bassists | Bass Events
- Eugene Weekly: Music and Clubs Listings
- Spirit Session | Spirit Session | CD Baby Music Store
- CADENCE Magazine; March Issue, 2006
- http://www.joomag.com/magazine/vegas-indie-artists-may-2014/0193698001396439418, Pgs. 6–7
- Indie Rock Magazine – The Bands
- Rob Kohler – Stanford Jazz Workshop
- Stanford jazz camp hits high notes
- Kohler Music Press | Where the Kohler's make books
- Rob Kohler lesson on how to create a walking bass line – YouTube
- Rob Kohler | Credits | AllMusic
- Indie Music Channel Award Winners, The Honorifics, Rock The Red Carpet In Hollywood!!! @ Top40-Charts.com – Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countri...