Garden State Theatre Organ Society


Jim Kozak

Jim Kozak - Trenton War Memorial Concert June 25, 2006

Jim Kozak after his concert with
Trenton War Memorial Möller Theatre Pipe Organ

Photo: Tony Rustako June 25, 2006

A native of Berwyn, Illinois, Jim began piano lessons at the age of 5.  His best friend, Scott May, urged him to take up the organ as his primary instrument at age 11.  Jim eventually became a student of Allen Day, a New Jersey native, who introduced him to authentic theatre organ technique.  Although most of his practicing and lessons were on electronic instruments, he and his teacher frequently visited theatres in the Chicago area which had major Theatre Pipe Organs.  These included the Oriental 4/20 Wurlitzer, the Montclare 3/10 Grande Barton, and the Patio 3/17 Grande Barton.  It was on these fabled instruments that Jim honed his skills

Jim served as staff organist at the Oak Lawn Roller Rink and substituted for Tony Tahlman at the Elm Roller Rink for 10 years. He was organist for many Illinois and Wisconsin state skating competitions.

After moving to Houston, Texas, he was staff organist at all three Pipe Organ Pizza establishments located in that city, and played frequent concerts for the Houston Area Theatre Organ Society on their 3/17 Wurlitzer hybrid organ in Houston Community College. He has also been a featured organist at the Summer Film Festival at the Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont.

Most recently, Jim has concertized for the Chicago Area Theatre Organ Society and the Joliet Area Theatre Organ Society on a broad range of Theatre Pipe Organs.

Jim continues to reside in Houston, and is in constant demand in his other profession as a concert piano technician.

Jim Kozak

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