Colin Pohl was born in London to musical parents. His mother was a concert pianist. After moving to the U.S. at age 7, Colin learned the clarinet and won a scholarship for best high school musician in Schenectady County. Smitten by the African-American music of the 60’s, he picked up the saxophone in college and played in Jazz and Rhythm and Blues groups before attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in Sierra Leone as a Peace Corps volunteer, Colin played frequently with High-Life bands. Returning to New York to teach high school, he formed a jazz group before joining Sam Waymon, the brother of Nina Simone, in the Sam Waymon Magic Band. He took a year’s sabbatical in 2002 to study Jazz Improvisation at William Paterson University. He created the music program at University Heights High School in the Bronx, where he has organized successful concerts twice a year for the past ten years. His group “Zona” played originals and Latin Jazz in Nyack. He recently played with the talented Patrick Jones at B.B. King’s. He performs frequently in jazz jam sessions in Nyack and Tappan, feels blessed to have played with such authentic and original voices as Sam Waymon and Patrick Jones, and is very excited about his new association with Sangha Tierra.
Colin supports The Fortune Society