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Korb, Kristin (Ann)

Korb, Kristin (Ann), bass and voice; b. Billings, Montana, 29 October 1969. She grew up between Boise, Idaho and Billings, Montana. Her parents are Fred and Jo Korb. Her brothers are Ryan Korb (Feb. '73, drums), Clark Korb (Dec. '74 guitar), Chad Korb (Aug. '78, saxophone). She grew up playing music with her brothers.  For about 3 years, we were the house band for a 50's and 60's rock and roll dinner theater in Billings, Montana.  As I started getting into jazz, they followed me.  Ryan is now a successful jazz drummer (having studied w. Carl Allen, Joel Spencer, and Jeff Hamilton) and educator based out of Appleton, Wisconsin.  Clark and Chad now just play for fun and have pursued other careers (engineering and graphic design).

She's studied with Bertram Turetzky (San Diego, CA  1992-1994), Ray Brown (intermittently in various locations, 1994-2002), Jeff Hamilton (Los Angeles, 1996), John Clayton (Los Angeles, 2000-currently), Ron Carter (1 lesson in New York, 2001), and Rufus Reid (1 lesson in New York, 2001, same day as the Ron Carter lesson). She got her bachelor's degree in music education from Eastern Montana College.  In 1992, she moved to San Diego to hone her bass skills with bass professor Bertram Turetzky, earned a master's degree from the University of California (San Diego), and became one of the busiest bassists in San Diego. Kristin just finished her stint as Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, where she performed with the faculty jazz ensemble, taught bass, jazz history and directed their premier large jazz ensemble, Jazz Band 1.  She has now relocated to focus on her performing career based out of Los Angeles, California.

She freelanced as bassist/vocalist in San Diego, CA (1994-2000) while being an adjunct teacher at Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA). From 2002-now, she left CWU after her second year to pursue her career as a freelance bassist and vocalist.  Kristin tours nationally as both an artist and educator.  Recent performances/clinics include a presentation at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Conference, a tour of Japan, the 2001 Brandon Jazz Festival (Canada), and the Paradise Valley and West Coast Jazz Parties. She has been featured at the International Society of Bassists Conference (in 1999 and 2001) and has recently been appointed to their Board of Directors.

In addition to Ray Brown and Benny Green, Kristin has appeared with such artists as Clark Terry, Bill Mays, Bobby Shew, Jeff Hamilton, Harry Allen, Carl Allen, Joe LaBarbera, Tamir Hendelman, and Mike Wofford.  She is now the leader of her own ensemble.  She currently lives in Glendale, CA.

Introducing Kristin Korb (with the Ray Brown Trio, 1996); Where You'll Find Me (2001); Kristin Korb/Todd Johnson Trio: Get Happy (2004)
As sideperson (vocals only);
Bert Turetzky and Mike Wofford, 9 Winds: Transition and Transformation (2000) 

Winter 2001, Double Bassist Magazine article (Voice of the Future by Christopher Walker)
April 2002, Jazz Times Magazine article (Hearsay by Doug Ramsey)
April 2002, Bass Player Magazine article

Contact information:
PMB 181
1413 1/2 W Kenneth Rd
Glendale, CA  91201

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