KARL KOHUT is a New York-based bassist, composer, educator and bandleader. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Kohut has performed with many distinguished artists and organizations including Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jimmy Greene, and Ralph Peterson Jr., among others. He has performed at many of New York’s top jazz clubs including Dizzy’s Club-Coca Cola, Blue Note, Smalls, Zinc Bar, and more. He has toured throughout the US and Europe as a member of Joseph Doubleday and Felix Peikli’s Showtime Band, cumulating in the release of the group's 2017 album It's Showtime: Live!.
In addition to his work as a straight-ahead jazz bassist, Kohut has performed and/or recorded with many artists and organizations in various genres, including the Albany Symphony, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, hip-hop artist Mac Miller, and more. As an educator, he has worked with high school students throughout the US in workshops and summer programs with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Programs.
Kohut is the recipient of several awards, including a $20,000 Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship as well as a past winner of the Canadian Youth Talent Competition. He has earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with bassist Ben Wolfe, as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba.
Currently, Kohut is a visiting jazz bass instructor at the University of Manitoba for the 2017-2018 academic year.