Fred Stoll was born and raised in Chicago. Pursuing a music career, he majored in percussion at American Conservatory of Music and became a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for two seasons. Due to his talent, he was asked to tour with Roger Williams at the age of 19.
Fred moved to moved to New York in 1970 and has made his home in the area ever since. He has worked with many jazz greats including Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Woody Allen, Sy Oliver, Ruby Braff, Johnny Hartman and the Soprano Summit among others.
In 1985 he recorded an album with Big Joe Turner which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Fred has been an active member of the Stan Rubin Orchestra for 30 years.