Thursday, April 9, 2015

A nice review from Jazz and George Harris

Pianist George Kahn is one of the few guys around who makes jazz both swinging and musical enough for the cognicenti and yet entertaining enough for their dates. The Angeleno does this balancing act by bringing together some of the best locals around, such as Lyman Medeiros/b, MB Gordy/dr, Eric Marienthal/as-ss, Chuck Manning/ts, Pat Kelly/g and Dr. Bobby Rodriguez/tp and having them deliver accessibly driving tunes such as “Afro Blue” and “Cantaloupe Island” in a way that would satisfy either the hipster or Valley Girl.

He does it by incorporating the terrific trio of vocalists Gina Saputo, Crystal Starr and Courtney Lemmon to deliver the lyrics in both lead and backup form in a ways that can veer from cutsie putsy as on the Andrew Sisters-inspired “Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar” the a stomping STAX R&Bish “I’d Rather Go Blind.” The ladies deliver a funky take of the Crescent City classic “Yes We Can Can” while going even deeper down Bourbon Street with Rodriguez’s horn on a growling “Summertime.” 

Some swampy tenor sax make and grizzled guitar make for hard hitting readings of “Rock Me Baby” and  “God Bless The Child” respectively while the choice of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” has the husky toned harem delivering the lyrics with street corner savvy.

Each lady has her own delivery and style, from the gal next door Betty’d Lemmon on “Yes We Can Can” to the world wise Veronica’d “Saputo on “Shoo Shoo Boy.” This team should make every vocal group in NYC quiver with fear if they ever decided to leave the land of In N Out Burgers for the land of Lombardi’s. Unique, yet universal.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

George Kahn "SECRETS" Quintet Live on Saturday, April 11

The GEORGE KAHN "SECRETS" BAND is a "classic" jazz quintet.  Like the Miles Davis Quintet, it features a piano trio fronted by sax and trumpet.  The group performs George's original compositions, as well as music by Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter and many other jazz greats.

The "secret" is you never know which amazing players George will have in the band on any gig.  This next show, on Saturday April 11 is going to feature the horn section of Nolan Shaheed (Marvin Gaye, Count Basie) on trumpet, and Rickey Woodard (Ray Charles, Horace Silver, Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra) on sax.  The Telepathic M B Gordy will be on drums. A rare Saturday Night performance - come join us when music starts at 9:00 PM - 12:30 AM, $15 cover
Here's a sample from our show at Santa Monica College

Seabird Jazz Lounge, 730 Broadway Long Beach CA 90802 USA   for more information:
We'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" album

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Wonderful Letter From Bakersfield

We just got this lovely letter from Bakersfield, and want to share it with you:

Bakersfield Community Concert Association
Bakersfield, CA

January 29, 2015

To Whom It May Concern:
The Bakersfield Community Concert Association has been showcasing excellent talent since 1963.
Recently we enjoyed the music of The George Kahn Jazz and Blues Revue. As I helped the audience with their CD purchases after the show, a majority of folks said “This is the best act I’ve seen in the last 30 years. Please get them back soon.”
We immediately put them on our schedule for next season.
They appeal to all ages and all musical tastes. Songs of the ’30s, ‘40s through the ‘60s and ‘70s with excellent arrangements left everyone pleased.
When a musical group has a great female singer, the audience is entertained. But, when a group, like The George Kahn Jazz and Blues Revue has THREE great female singers, the audience is left in awe.
I heartily recommend this group for your audience.

Dan McGuire and Bob Smith
Artistic Selection Coordinators
Bakersfield Community Concert Association

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The "Sass 'N' Soul" World Tour comes to Bakersfield, CA NEXT SUNDAY

The GEORGE KAHN JAZZ & BLUES "SASS 'N' SOUL" WORLD TOUR gets under way this month with a performance sponsired by the Bakersfield Community Concert Association at the Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxton Ave., Bakersfield, CA on next Sunday, January 11. 

 Please join George, Gina, Courtney and Crystal, and the JAZZ & BLUES REVUE as we bring Jazz and Blues alive in Bakersfield!  

 Tickets will be available at the door ($40.00 for the one concert, or $80 for the 5-concert series) More information:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

PATH Ventures Holiday Jazz & Blues Revue at Catalina's in Hollywood, CA. raises $30,000 for the Homeless

On Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 PATH Ventures hosted their 9th Annual Holiday Jazz Revue, an unforgettable evening of dinner, music, and fun at the classic Catalina Bar and Grill. The event featured Jazz Pianist and Composer, GEORGE KAHN
 with the JAZZ & BLUES REVUE.
Jazz legend Bubba Jackson from KJAZZ, once again joined us as the MC. 

This annual fund-raising event gives people a chance to support PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) by donating to PATH Ventures, a division of the charity that builds permanent housing for the homeless in Los Angeles. Veterans, single parents and others in desperate need of housing are all assisted through your generosity.

With your help, we raised almost $30,000 at this years event - THANK YOU!
For more information, please call: Tessa Madden at 323-644-2202 
Learn more about PATH: