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, Hinsdale, Illinois) 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, Stanley Turrentine, and [1] He is cited as a guitarist who uses modern quartal harmony.[2]

Bollanbeck lived in India with his family when he was 11. After three years, the family returned to the U.S. and Bollenbeck 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 Pat Bianchi

With Tim Garland

  • Change of Season (Sirocco Jazz, 2004)

With Greg Hatza ORGANization

  • The Greg Hatza ORGANization (Palmetto, 1993)
  • In My Pocket (Palmetto, 1996)
  • Snake Eyes (Palmetto, 1998)

With Ron Holloway

  • Slanted (Milestone, 1993)
  • Struttin' (Milestone, 1995)
  • Scorcher (Milestone, 1996) - with Gil Scott-Heron, Joey DeFrancesco
  • Groove Update (Milestone, 1998) - with Gil Scott-Heron

With Joe Locke

  • Beauty Burning (Sirocco Jazz, 2000)
  • Storytelling (Sirocco Jazz, 2001)
  • State of Soul (Sirocco Jazz, 2002)

With Houston Person

With Carol Sloane

  • I Never Went Away (HighNote, 2001)
  • Whisper Sweet (HighNote, 2003)

With Jim Snidero

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

With Gary Thomas


  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.
  3. ^ "Paul Bollenback | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 September 2016.