SPECIAL RETURN ENGAGEMENT! Saturday August 29
Seabird Jazz Lounge presents
George Kahn "Secrets" Quintet
The GEORGE KAHN "SECRETS" BAND
is a "classic" jazz quintet. The "secret" is you never know which
amazing players George will have in the band on any gig. This next
show, on Saturday August 29 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. Paul Kreibich (drums) and Jeff Takaguchi (Bass) will round out the rhythm ssection.
A rare Saturday Night performance - come join us when music
starts at 9:00 PM - 12:30 AM, Seabird Jazz Lounge, 730 Broadway long
beach CA 90802 USA $10.00 cover charge - for more information: http://www.seabirdjazzloungelbc.com/index.html
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The Jazz & Blues Revueis on a small hiatus in honor of Gina Saputo's new baby Hazel (please wish her congrats on Facebook!), but the reviews continue to pour in.
Here is the review by Scott Yanow that appeared in the April issue of LA JAZZ SCENE:
George Kahn has been putting together ambitious and successful shows in
the L.A. area for years. His Jazz & Blues Revue puts
the spotlight on three equally talented singers: Courtney Lemmon, Gina
Saputo and Crystal Starr. The Jazz & Blues Revue (which
perhaps should really be called the Jazz & R&B Revue) covers a
wide ground, from a heated version of “Cantaloupe Island” and a
Latin-ized “Summertime” to the r&bish “I’d Rather Be Blind” and
“Something’s Got A Hold On Me.” Of particular interest are a pair of
songs (“Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar” and “Shoo Shoo Baby”) that find
the singers operating very much like a swing era vocal trio. Each of the
vocalists are also in the lead on three songs apiece, belting their
hearts out. Kahn’s rhythm section with bassist Lyman Medeiros and drummer M.B. Gordy is joined on various selections by altoist Eric Marienthal, trumpeter Dr. Bobby Rodriguez (who is in explosive form), tenor-saxophonist Chuck Manning and guitarist Pat Kelley, each of whom
add a lot to the music. Overall Jazz & Blues Revue (available from
www.georgekahn.com) is quite fun and certainly full of spirit."
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.