Kollman was born in Toledo, Ohio, and lived there until at least 1985 when he was gratuated in High School. He started playing guitar
in the late seventies, and now he lives in Los Angeles, California.
His initial musical influences include Jimi Hendrix, but he was interested
in a broader range of music, king's X, Pat Martino,
Big Band, Bebop, Brazilian music, Tower of Power and Messugah!
Jeff has been a Solo artist, a member of Edwin Dare, fusion
trio Cosmosquad, Mogg/way's and Glenn Hughes. Jeff also played with the
Michael Schenker group on the G3 tour with Joe Satriani and Uli Jon Roth.
Jeff Kollman grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Influenced by Larry Carlton and
Eddie Van Halen among others guitarists and rock groups. He started playing
for a local school band called “The Stain”.
Jeff Kollman’s playing was getting very accomplished in the Edwin
Dare early albums period. With Edwin Dare band, Kollman was open up to big bands such Cinderella,
Warrant, Foreigner, Dream Theatre, etc.
‘Schizoid’ was released at the end of ‘89 and from this
he started to get quite a lot of attention. In 1990 he won the contest for
Practising Musician Magazine Contest.
He had problems to have a record deal so in the 90’s he decided to
move to Arizona, New York and Nashville where the real music industry was.
went to Phoenix, Arizona for a few months – he had family there
so he stayed for a time. There were
probably only 4 or 5 main studios in phoenix; but a lot of serious rock
stars and players lived there, and used these places like Alice
Cooper, Michael Schenker, George Lynch or Lyle Lovitt. He called these places up
and he found himself working regularly. He met Shane Gaalass and Barry
Sparks; they were working for Michael Schenker at the time. They played
a few sessions together. That was where the basis of Cosmosquad was formed,
and they had definite ideas about being instrumentally intense.
After these precipitous meetings, Jeff commenced on the next leg of his
journey and arrived in Los Angeles in 1996.
When Shane Gaalaas decided to go to Los Angeles they rented a house together.
They set up a studio (in the garage) where “Shedding Skin” Album
and all the later Cosmosquad albums were recorded.
The way he broke into the L.A. scene was through introductions to other
musicians and gigs from his first contacts – like Shane Gaalaas.
He did a record for Mike Varney’s shrapnel records right away when
he first moved to L.A. – that was with the singer John West. Shane and Jeff then got the gig G3 tour in Europe playing with Michael Schenker.
Mike Varney then called him to do the Mogg/Way record with the members
Over the years he has played with people like Kenny Arranoff, Matt Rollings,
Reggie Hamilton, Steve Pocaro, David Paich, Billy Sheehan, Munyungo Jackson,
Karen Briggs, Chad smith, jerry Douglas. Recording artists including Jill
Scott, Lyle Lovitt, Linda McCartney, Wayman Tisdale, Steve Vai, Joe Lynn
turner, UFO, Glenn Hughes and Michael Schenker.
He also has been doing a lot of film work including Slither, Beerfest,
Failure to Launch, Sahara, brother bear, Garfield 2, The Marine, Clerks
2, You Me & Dupree and Poseidon.
In 2001 Jeff recorded the album “Live At The Baked Potato” with
Cosmosquad, which it is one of the best live performance of any live record
of instrumental guitar. In this same year he releases with the same formation “Quadrophenia”.
Almost as soon as Jeff arrived in Los Angeles he became involved in a musical
scene of veteran (primarily UK) rock stars – including Phil Mogg,
UFO vocalist and leader, and the great ‘voice of rock’ Glenn
Hughes, holder of arguably the most soulful larynx in the rock arena for
the last 30 years.
Jeff has been particularly active in recent years with some more vocally
orientated projects, The Crumb Brothers and The Jeff Kollman Band. These
bands are very different to his solo albums and Cosmosquad. The Crumb Brothers is Jeff Kollman, Mark Renk on Vocals and Shane Gaalaas on drums – it’s
compared to the likes of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.
The Jeff Kollman Band is composed with Charlie Waymire on drums, and Kevin
Chown on bass. This band is a raw power trio; heavy, rocky and dynamic.
Jeff sings as well as playing guitar in this band.
He toured out with Glenn Hughes in November 2006. He played in the well
received Glenn Hughes album ‘Music For The Divine’.
Also He released a live Jeff Kollman CD titled ‘Guitar Screams Live!’ which
was available since October 2006.
He is currently guitarist for Cosmosquad, The Bombastic Meabats, Pervadelic, JKB, Mogg & The Sign Of 4, Tizer, Crumb Bros, and Solo artist. He is also the guitarist for the former Edwin Dare and a Producer, songwriter and owner of Marmaduke Records.
Jeff Kollman has got a 1958 Gibson Les Paul special with P90’s,
a 1961 strat, a 71 strat hardtail and Fender Custom Shop ‘Relic’ strat.
On the strats he uses Dunlop 6105 frets and for the Les Paul’s 6100
frets. He uses a high pass filter on all his guitars to retain the high
end and take out a bit of bottom end and he turns the volume knob down.
Other guitars include a 1980 BC Rich ‘Rico’ model, and a Fender ‘Espirit
Ultra’. He also has a 1990 Les Paul Classic 1960 Reissue, which has
a coil tap to give some ‘thinning’ of sound.
Acoustic guitars include a Ramirez 1A, Martin and Larrivee steel strings,
which he uses for his recordings.
By the end of 2006 Jeff signed with Fender USA Guitars and Amps.
Gear he was currently using:
Fender ‘65 Twin’, with some pedals for rock tones. He also
is using Krank amps – He uses the ‘Chadwick’ series Krank
which is very versatile. He also has two Bogner modded Marshalls.
He’s got an AC 30 Top Boost, and he uses the Hughes and Kettner ‘ATS
120’ middle channel for that warm /singing lead tone.
He uses a Fulltone ‘Dejavibe’, the Fulltone ‘Ultimate
Octave’, and the TC Electronics ‘Line Drive’ Booster/
Distortion; Xotic pedals, and an Ernie Ball Volume pedal; for the reverbs
a Lexicon M1, and a Chandler Digital Echo for delays and a Line 6 rack