Kohei Ando is a blues/rock guitar player based in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He is known for his performances with a singer songwriter Josh Royse, with whom he opened for the blues legend BB King in 2014. His playing style is majorly influenced by blues and rock music, but also covers various genres such as funk, R&B, jazz, country, salsa, and so on. This unique sound he creates with his guitar is strongly backed up by years of music education, training, and performance experience such as studio sessions, global touring, and playing in a musical pit.
Ando attended Pan School of Music in Tokyo, where he studied with a jazz guitarist Seiji Okamura. In 2 years of learning guitar techniques and classical/jazz theories, his group won the first place on a school competition and was invited to perform at Seoul Jazz Academy in South Korea. Meanwhile, as a guitar player/arranger/composer, he participated in miscellaneous projects and performed with various artists such as a Japanese singer songwriter Ayana.
2011, Ando left Japan and moved to Los Angeles. In his first year at Citrus College, he was chosen to join the top performing group led by Alan Waddington and Robert Slack. With this group, he toured Hawaii for a month, where he performed with Jimmy Borges. At the same time, he started to perform with various artists and bands at clubs in the Hollywood / Los Angeles area. After graduating with highest honors, he transferred to the Jazz Program at California State University Northridge in 2013. In the United States, he has studied with Steve Cotter, Adam Levy, Jamie Rosenn, Andrew Synowiec, John Storie, and so on. Today, after graduating from CSU Northridge with Highest Honor, he works as a session/touring guitarist as well as an educator.