Paul Bollenback

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Paul Bollenback
Birth namePaul Norris Bollenback
Born(1959-06-06)June 6, 1959
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1990–present

Paul Norris Bollenback (born June 6, 1959) is a jazz guitarist who has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Joan Rivers, and Good Morning America. He has performed with Scott Ambush, Charlie Byrd, Joey DeFrancesco, Herb Ellis, Della Reese, Arturo Sandoval, and Stanley Turrentine.[1] He is cited as a guitarist who uses modern quartal harmony.[2]

Bollenback moved to India with his family when he was 11. After three years, the family returned to the U.S. and Bollenback began listening to rock music. He put down his nylon-string guitar and picked up an electric. He cites his discovery of Miles Davis as a pivotal moment in his life. He attended the University of Miami. In 1997, he began teaching at American University.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Original Visions (Challenge, 1995)
  • Double Gemini (Challenge, 1997)
  • Soul Grooves (Challenge, 1999)
  • Double Vision (Challenge, 2000)
  • Dreams (Challenge, 2001)
  • Brightness of Being (Elefant Dreams, 2006)
  • Invocation (Elefant Dreams, 2007)
  • Portraits in Space and Time (Mayimba Music, 2014)

As sideman[edit]

With Joey DeFrancesco

  • Part III (Columbia, 1991)
  • Reboppin (Columbia, 1992)
  • Live at the 5 Spot (Columbia, 1993)
  • All About My Girl (Muse, 1994)
  • The Street of Dreams (Big Mo, 1995)
  • Incredible! (Concord Jazz, 2000)
  • The Champ Round 2 (HighNote, 2000)
  • The Philadelphia Connection (HighNote, 2002)
  • Ballads and Blues (Concord, 2002)
  • Snapshot (HighNote, 2009)
  • Never Can Say Goodbye (HighNote, 2010)

With Jim Snidero

  • Tippin' (Savant, 2007)
  • Crossfire (Savant, 2009)
  • Interface (Savant, 2011)
  • Stream of Consciousness (Savant, 2013)

With Gary Thomas

With others


  1. ^ a b Seida, Linda. "Paul Bollenback". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  2. ^ Floyd, Tom (2004). Quartal harmony & voicings for guitar. Pacific: Mel Bay. p. 4. ISBN 0-7866-6811-3.