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James A. Kogl

July 23, 1948 — March 3, 2023


James A. Kogl

James Kogl, the prolific saxophonist and horn enthusiast whose tender tone and soul-filled solos graced stages from coast to coast and beyond, solidifying him as a mainstay in Minnesota's live music experience for over four decades, died in early March while in his home. He was 74 years old.

Born on July 23, 1948, in St. Paul, son of engineer, Eugene Kogl and dental hygienist, Betty Kogl, Jim was raised in the Twin Cities. Known amongst musicians as Grease, Jim picked up his first trumpet while attending Rosemount high school and in music he found the first love of his life. Eager to share a wealth of jazz influences with colleagues, his skill made him a conduit of soulful music with his first band, The Marauders and numerous others, most recently appearing onstage with the esteemed Willie Murphy.

Jim's ideal was life on the water, spending summers on his boat, and winters travelling with friends and family to warmer waters in California, Florida and the Caribbean.

Survived by sister, Jeanne; son, Jehremy and his mother, Colleen, along with many other relatives, friends and musicians.

Celebration of Life Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 2-4 PM at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel in Robbinsdale.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 1, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel

3888 W Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN 55422

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