Bram Kincheloe, born in San Francisco in 1986, is a professional musician and writer. He started studying with renowned drummer and teacher, Barbara Borden, at the age of four. At eleven, he graduated to her teacher, Chuck Brown, who had also taught Terry Bozzio, Will Kennedy, and Dave Garibaldi. He was the youngest student ever accepted into Chuck Brown's studio. In 2002, Bram, then aged sixteen, moved to New York City on his own to pursue a career in jazz drumming. He attended Laguardia School of Performing Arts for one year before being accepted at the Manhattan School of Music. While at Manhattan, attending on a Zildjian scholarship, he studied with Mr. Justin DiCioccio. During this time, he also studied composition and piano with Mr. Garry Dial, and was involved in various recording and performing projects headed by Dick Oatts, Steve Slagel, Kenny Wollesen, and many more. Through the years playing jazz, he has been honored to play with Lee Konitz, Branford Marsalis, Ambrose Akinmusire, Wynton Marsalis, Ben Street, Steve Cardenas and many others.
In 2005, Bram moved to Amsterdam to study abroad through a sister program at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, where he was heavily involved in the creative music scene in Holland. Around this time, he also started seriously pursuing a parallel career in writing.
Upon returning to the United States, Bram surprisingly left NYC behind, opting to travel and explore the US. After some years traveling, teaching himself guitar, singing songs to strangers, writing, he returned to New York City in 2007 and in 2008 formed the soul-rock band Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds with two of his cousins. The band subsequently landed a much sought after residency at the famed Rockwood Music Hall, building a large, devoted following. In 2011, they signed with New Frontier Touring, and began playing upwards of 175 shows a year, all across the USA and Canada. Bram played many of the largest festivals in the world, including Bonnaroo, Voodoo Fest, Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival (Macau, China) and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. The also opened for such acts as The Avett Brothers, Dr. John, and The Black Keys. While with the band, he recorded three albums, the last of which was produced by the famed bassist and producer Randy Jackson, of American Idol and Journey fame. Bram left the band in October 2014 to pursue a career both as a freelance musician and as a writer. Bram is an accomplished singer-songwriter, and plays piano, keyboards and guitar. He also has a degree from the Institute of Audio Research, having studied production techniques and ProTools.
His debut work, Hitchhiking in the Graveyard, was recently named as one of eight short-list finalists in the 2015 William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing competition. In early 2015, Bram was hired by SBNation to cover the Golden State Warriors for the popular site Golden State of Mind. He is now the associate editor for the site, which is a subsidiary of Vox Media, as well as a regular contributor to SBNation's national site.
He lives on the Brooklyn/Queens border with his wife and their two cats.