Jeffrey "Jeff" Kollman is an American guitar player from Toledo, Ohio, best known for his work with Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, Glenn Hughes, UFO offshoot Mogg/Way, progressive rock trio, Cosmosquad, and his 90s progressive metal band, Edwin Dare.
|Genres||Hard rock, progressive rock, instrumental rock, Contemporary jazz, fusion|
|Occupation(s)||musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar, vocals|
|Associated acts||Cosmosquad, Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, Asia Featuring John Payne, Alan Parsons Live Project, Lou Gramm, Eikichi Yazawa, Bleeding Harp, Lao Tizer, Glenn Hughes, Mogg/Way, Edwin Dare, VXN, The Stain|
In addition to Cosmosquad and the Bombastic Meatbats, he is currently a member of the Alan Parsons Live Project, Asia feat. John Payne, as well as L.A. blues rockers Bleeding Harp and has toured and gigged with Japanese superstar Eikichi Yazawa, Foreigner's Lou Gramm, former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach, the Michael Schenker Group, British rockers UFO, bassist Marco Mendoza and the Danny Seraphine led California Transit Authority (CTA), among others. He has also worked extensively with contemporary jazz keyboardist Lao Tizer.
Kollman has worked as a session guitarist, producer, songwriter, and actor. He has written music for movies and TV, including a commercial which ran during the 2007 Super Bowl. He is the owner and operator of Marmaduke Records, which has released the bulk of his albums. Kollman has been a Los Angeles resident since 1997 where he lives with his family.
Inspired by bands including Kiss and Van Halen, and guitarist Randy Rhoads, Kollman began playing guitar at 12 years old. He made his recording debut at 14, after joining Ohio hardcore punk band The Stain. The Stain was featured on 1984's The Sounds of Hollywood #3 compilation and issued a full-length album, I Know the Scam, in 1986, both on L.A.-based label Mystic Records.
In 1986, Kollman formed the metal band VXN with his brother and drummer Tommy Kollman, vocalist Bryce Barnes and bassist Nep Sindel, and self-released a 6-song mini-LP in 1987, followed by the cassette-only full-length album, The Question, in 1988. The band would morph into Edwin Dare with the addition of bassist Kevin Chown and release three albums between 1992 and 1998 and build a strong fan base around parts of the Midwest through extensive touring. During this time, Kollman also released a pair of solo albums. After the demise of Edwin Dare, Kollman and Chown continued to collaborate on various projects, including Crumb Bros., JKB (Jeff Kollman Band) and, most notably, Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats.
Kollman moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1995, where he worked as a session musician for Linda McCartney, Lyle Lovett, Wayman Tisdale and others. There he crossed paths with MSG drummer Shane Gaalaas and bassist Barry Sparks, with whom he formed the all-instrumental progressive rock trio, Cosmosquad. In 1997, the group released their eponymous debut, the first of four studio albums to date. In 1998, Kollman filled in for Sparks on bass for MSG on their G3 tour of Europe. That year, Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records contacted Kollman to help write and record the Permanent Mark album with Artension vocalist John West. This led to Jeff teaming up with the core of the classic UFO line-up, as Mogg/Way, for the 1999 Chocolate Box album. Kollman and UFO vocalist Phil Mogg reunited, as $ign of 4, for another album collaboration, Dancing with St. Peter, released in fall 2002.
In 2003, after a UK tour with $ign of 4, Kollman began working with bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (of Deep Purple fame) and drummer Robin DiMaggio in a short-lived, pop-oriented trio named Shape 68. He also produced, co-wrote and played guitar for Hughes' 2003 hard rock album Songs in the Key of Rock and would become Hughes' new touring guitar player. Also in 2003, Kollman co-produced the HTP 2 project, featuring Hughes and former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner.
In 2005, Kollman filled in for UFO bassist Pete Way for the duration of the band's U.S. summer tour. He earned his SAG card with a part in the Hank Garland biographical movie Crazy, portraying guitarist Barry Galbraith.
in 2007, Kollman and collaborator Jono Brown landed a Super Bowl commercial for Garmin GSP navigation systems. The 30second spot aired just before Super Bowl XLI half-time and featured vocals by Grim Reaper frontman Steve Grimmett. That same year, Kollman, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and keyboardist Ed Roth, who had met playing with Glenn Hughes, formed an all-instrumental band inspired by their shared love of 70s funk rock and fusion. Still unnamed at the time, the group, rounded out by Kollman's former Edwin Dare bandmate Kevin Chown on bass, debuted at the 2008 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. The band became Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats upon the release of their debut album, Meet the Meatbats, in 2009. More Meat followed in 2010, and a live recording, Live Meat and Potatoes, in 2012.
Kollman would team up with Glenn Hughes for a tour of Europe in 2009, documented via the Live In Wolverhampton 2-CD and DVD release, recorded over the course of two nights, June 6 and 7, in the singer's hometown of Bilston, England. Returning to the UK in 2011, Kollman appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by special invitation of Lord March, playing the Star Spangled Banner on the roof of Goodwood House on July 4; Brian May of Queen also performed.
In 2012, Kollman released Silence in the Corridor, his first studio solo album in more than a dozen years. The album's title track is a tribute to Gary Moore, and the title was inspired by Moore's 1982 solo album, Corridors of Power. It was followed by the release of two digital-only singles, "Waiting in Dark Places" and "Electric Overload", the latter a duet with fellow guitarist Jeff Marshall.
In the early morning hours of December 15, 2012, Kollman's brother Tommy was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. A memorial concert event was held in the brothers' old stomping grounds in South Toledo, Ohio, on May 24 and 25, 2013, with Cosmosquad headlining. Kollman released a digital single, "Brother to Brother", as a tribute in July 2013.
Kollman joined drummer Ray Luzier, bassist Billy Sheehan and DJ Sluggo for a performance at the 25th anniversary Guitar Center Drum-Off at L.A.'s Club Nokia on January 18, 2014 where he also played with Bombastic Meatbats who were joined by special guest Steve Lukather. He released two new digital-only singles, "Eve of Reflection" and "Old Kentucky Thunder", on January 27, 2014. Two more digital singles, "In The Hills of Granada" and "Another Rainy Saturday", were made available March 17, 2014.
In February 2014, Kollman filled in for guitarist Marc Bonilla with California Transit Authority (CTA), led by legendary founding member and drummer of Chicago, Danny Seraphine, for a handful of U.S. East Coast shows. Later that same month he would join old friend Mark Mikel on the inaugural Progressive Nation at Sea cruise, masterminded by former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy.
In July 2014, Kollman released the mostly acoustic Hills of Granada album, including "In the Hills of Granada", "Another Rainy Saturday", "Old Kentucky Thunder", "Eve of Reflection", "Brother to Brother", "Electric Overload" and "Waiting In Dark Places", all previously released as digital singles.
After featuring on the 2012 "Seasons Will Change" single and video with Asia Featuring John Payne, Kollman also took part in the recording of 2014's Recollections: A Tribute to British Prog, which contains covers by King Crimson, ELP, Yes, Genesis, and The Alan Parsons Project, among others. The aforementioned "Seasons Will Change" would re-surface in early 2018 as part of the eponymous debut album by Dukes Of The Orient, spearheaded by John Payne and keyboardist Erik Norlander.
In the summer of 2015, Kollman joined former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach for a run of U.S. dates and for a second consecutive year toured Japan with vocalist Eikichi Yazawa, highlighted by the 'Rock In Dome' show at Tokyo's giant Tokyo Dome on September 5, 2015, documented via the Rock In Dome Blu-Ray and DVD release. Kollman was back with Yazawa for yet another tour of Japan in late 2016.
In the fall of 2016, Kollman released Jeff & Tommy Kollman - Teenage Metal Years, a compilation of early all-instrumental demos recorded in 1983 and '84 on a Fostex X-15 4-track recorder in their parents' basement with his late brother Tommy on drums.
Kollman would also surface in yet another progressive rock project, Artifact, alongside vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, drummer Joel Taylor, flutist/saxophonist Gary Meek, bassist Eugene Sharikov, and keyboardist Edward Tsiselsky whose debut single Life Is Good was issued in October 2016; the band's full-length debut, also titled Life Is Good, surfaced in August 2017 under the name RTfact. Everyone but Soto had previously worked together on the more jazz oriented 2015 album Revelation by Yuri Volodarsky & Friends. Kollman, Taylor and Meek had also taken part in recording the yet-to-be-released Vision of Sound - The King Crimson Story tribute album, a Russian-American collaborate effort spearheaded by Sharikov and keyboardist Dmitry Ilugdin.
In early 2017, Kollman returned with his long running progressive metal/fusion trio, Cosmosquad, and their first new release in a decade, titled The Morbid Tango. On May 9, it was announced that Kollman would join the Alan Parsons Live Project for their 13-city "I Robot & Greatest Hits" tour of Germany that same month. He has since joined Parsons on a permanent basis and appears on his 2019 album, The Secret.
In September 2017, Kollman reunited with Glenn Hughes for a tour of Australia and New Zealand performing the music of Deep Purple focusing on the band's Mk III and Mk IV eras that featured Hughes. Kollman also toured the U.S. with Hughes in August and September 2018. More recently, Kollman has played guitar for legendary vocalist Lou Gramm of Foreigner fame, with Asia feat. John Payne becoming Gramm's de facto new backing band in 2019.
with Alan Parsons
with Asia feat. John Payne
with Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats
with Glenn Hughes
with Lao Tizer
with Edwin Dare
Compilations, session work & guest appearances
- "Something Else! Interview: John Payne of John Payne Featuring Asia".
- "Jeff Kollman, Marco Mendoza: gig, new albums and live show!".
- "Jeff Kollman Rocks Out on No Guitar Is Safe Podcast". GuitarPlayer.com. May 25, 2017.
- "Jeff Kollman: A homegrown guitar wizard".
- "The Crumb Bros. Schedule Hollywood Date".
- "Jeff Kollman Band: European Tour Announced".
- "Jeff Kollman Interview – The Tone King".
- "Love or Fusion".
- "Cosmosquad Axeman, UFO Singer Join Forces In $ign of 4".
- "Shape 68 To Play NAMM Convention".
- "Jeff Kollman To Produce Glenn Hughes CD".
- "Jeff Kollman Joins UFO on U.S. Tour, Lands Role in Hank Garland Biopic 'Crazy'".
- "Jeff Kollman Collaborates With Ex-Grim Reaper Singer On Superbowl Commercial". Blabbermouth.net. February 3, 2007.
- "Jeff Kollman To Appear at NAMM With Cosmosquad, Chad Smith And Glenn Hughes".
- "Jeff Kollman of Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats discusses Live Meat And Potatoes". Archived from the original on August 13, 2013.
- "Goodwood Festival of Speed diary: Final day".
- "New Jeff Kollman album "Silence in the Corridor" coming in April".
- "Former Edwin Dare Drummer Killed By Deputy in Florida".
- "Hard rockers gather to honor Tommy Kollman".
- "Jeff Kollman Releases 'Brother To Brother' Tribute Single".
- "Jeff Kollman Announces Digital Double Single; Footage of Drum-Off Appearance with Ray Luzier and Billy Sheehan Posted".
- "Jeff Kollman Announces New Digital Singles, Upcoming Live Schedule".
- "Jeff Kollman Announces Shows With CTA, Mark Mikel This Month; New Bleeding Harp EPK Posted". BraveWords.ocm. February 4, 2014.
- David Yonke (July 2014). "Toledo-born Guitar Ace Jeff Kollman Plans Hometown Show". Toledo City Paper.
- Nikola Savić (March 30, 2014). "Asia featuring John Payne is set to release a tribute album entitled Recollections: A Tribute to British Prog on April 15". Prog-Sphere.com.
- "Dukes Of The Orient Premiere 'Seasons Will Change' Music Video". MetalForcesMagazine.com. February 9, 2018.
- "Jeff Kollman Checks In From The Road With Sebastian Bach". MetalShockFinland.com. June 29, 2015.
- "Jeff Kollman issues 'Jeff & Tommy Kollman – Teen Metal Years' archives release; announces new Cosmosquad album". HeavyMetalHill.com. June 20, 2016.
- "Cosmosquad To Release The Morbid Tango Album In January; Band Announce Kevin Chown As New Bassist". BraveWords.com. December 21, 2016.
- "Guitarist Jeff Kollman joins the Alan Parsons Live Project for Germany Tour 2017". Grande-Rock.com. May 9, 2017.
- "Jeff Kollman touring Japan with Cosmosquad, reunites with Glenn Hughes for Australia & New Zealand dates, announces 'Shedding Skin' re-issue". PowerOfProg.com. August 17, 2017.
- "The Voice Of Rock: Glenn Hughes On His Past, Present & Bright Future In Music!". IconVsIcon.com. August 20, 2018.
- "Lou Gramm, the Voice of Foreigner at The Casino at Dania Beach". MusicFestNews.com. March 12, 2019.