Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"Jazz & Blurs Revue" gets write-up from Scott Yanow in April Issue of LA Jazz Scene

The Jazz & Blues Revue is 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:

"Pianist 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."

George Kahn "SECRETS" Band LIVE on Wednesday May 20, in Hollywood, CA

Jazz Pianist GEORGE KAHN "SECRETS" BAND is a "classic" jazz quintet. The "secret" is you never know which amazing players George will have lined up to appear with him.

George’s next show, Wednesday May 20th, will feature the fantastic horn section of Nolan Shaheed (Marvin Gaye, Count Basie) on trumpet, partnered with Rickey Woodard (Ray Charles, Horace Silver, Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra) on sax. 

He will also be joined by his "A-Team", Lyman Medeiros on bass and M. B. Gordy on drums.

The SECRETS Band  will pay special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage".

$15.00, plus a 2 drink minimum. 
Doors open at 7:00 PM and music beginning at 8:30 PM. 
We suggest to RSVP for best seats: Call 323-466-2210

Catalina Jazz Club
6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A nice review from Jazz Weekly.com 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.


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