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Straight Ahead - On The Street March 19, 2018

A big thank you to all my fans that supported the creation of the George Kahn Trio STRAIGHT AHEAD album. At long last, the CD drops on March 19th for physical CD sales, downloads and streaming. If you like the music, I can use your help:

Its Spotify's World, You Just Stream It

Posted: 30 June 2019, 2:51 pm - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

Pulling the Curtain Back on Jazz Sales and Streaming

After 20 years of releasing jazz albums and getting airplay on jazz stations across the US, having my own Pandora station (George Kahn Radio) as well as getting tens of thousands of streams on Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music I still get little royalty checks, but I have watched the sales diminish over the years. Is it just me? Not according to the latest Nielsen/Soundscan statistics, released this week for mid-year 2019.

Back in 1999 Jazz Album sales were just under 3% of total album sales (pretty much tied with Classical music).  A recent annual report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) states that in 2000 the total worldwide revenue from album sales was $23.3 Billion dollars. Now physical sales of jazz albums are  still 2.7% of total sales volume for albums, but the total revenue from album sales in 2018 was $4.7 Billion dollars - an 80% drop! (album sales dropped another 20% in just the last year 2018-2019).

According to the Neilsen study the combined US albums, digital sales, and streaming the total volume for jazz is now 1% of the total volume.
This is pretty dismal.

There are two issues here: 1) the drop in number of sales and 2) how much the artist is being paid for this "Consumption of Product" (which is the new definition of music on the internet.)
25% of jazz sales still take place with physical product (as opposed to Rap/Hip Hop where physical album sales are just 5% of the total). I guess this is good news, as the artist gets paid way better for physical sales and downloads. 60% of jazz "music consumption" takes place through streaming services.

I have read various articles about how little the different services pay the artist for streaming music. Note or Concord, etc.) Here are my recent numbers, as reported on CD Baby, my distributor:

ALBUM SALES: CDBABY DIRECT = $5.08 - $5.78/ALBUM
DIRECT DOWNLOAD: $.637/ SONG
And here are some recent payments from the streaming services: 
Jun 27, 2019
Jan 2019
Google Music Store
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Can't Feel My Face
Yes
Stream
1.0
$0.00528706
$0.00528706
Jun 26, 2019
May 2019
iTunes - Apple Music – US
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Rumour Has It
Yes
Stream
1.0
$0.00456638
$0.00456638
Jun 17, 2019
Apr 2019
Pandora Plus
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Wonton Kelly
No
Stream
1.0
$0.00243278
$0.00243278
Jun 17, 2019
Apr 2019
Pandora Radio
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Wonton Kelly
No
Stream
2.0
$0.00081826
$0.00163652
Jun 11, 2019
Mar 2019
Spotify
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Red's Riff
No
Stream
1.0
$0.00447629
$0.00447629
-
Here is a recent month total from Pandora:

TOTAL STREAMS/ AMOUNT EARNED ON PANDORA FOR APRIL 2019
Streams Total:
7995.0

Income total: $6.64510000
 = .000832 CENTS PER STREAM
(Yes, that is less than 1/10th of 1 cent per stream)

THE TAKE-AWAY: If you are an artist, you have to either focus on getting people to buy the product with great music AND creative packaging and marketing, or you have a figure out a viral-hit that will get millions of streams. And if you are a jazz "consumer", please buy or download the album, and go see live jazz often. Otherwise we'll just be left streaming "Kind of Blue" for the millionth time.
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THIS SUNDAY! George Kahn - Pat Kelley - Alex Acuña - Lyman Medeiros

Posted: 3 June 2019, 8:01 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

and special guest vocalist Diana Zaslove Kahn!
One set only - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call to reserve seats
323-466-2210
or
Buy tickets online ($25 per person)
http://www.catalinajazzclub.com/
(psst: discount tickets also available for $15 on Goldstar.com
https://www.goldstar.com/events/hollywood-ca/jazz-at-catalina-bar-and-grill

By Popular Demansd - we are Back In Hollywood!

Posted: 29 May 2019, 11:20 pm - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

We are back from our No Cal tour, having killed in onoma nad Berkeley, CA, and now we are back In Hollywood. Come join us!

Path Ventures And Pianist George Kahn 2018 Jazz Night Fundraiser For The Homeless Raises Over $120,000

Posted: 27 December 2018, 9:31 pm - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

In the last 11 years PATH Ventures has built over 1,100 affordable housing units, and PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) has helped over 7,500 individuals 'make it home.'
George Kahn
On Thursday, October 18th, 2018 PATH Ventures celebrated their 11th year by hosting their 11th Annual Holiday Jazz Night, an unforgettable evening of dinner, music, and fun at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. The event featured Jazz Pianist and Composer, George Kahn with his all-star Jazz & Blues Revue. The 8-piece band features Courtney Lemmon, Gina Saputo and Crystal Starr on vocals, Robert Kyle on saxophone, Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, Gary Wicks on bass, Grammy-nominated MB Gordy on drums, and George Kahn as pianist/musical director.

With the help of a sold-out crowd, plus generous corporate sponsors including City National Bank, over $120,000 was donated to directly support affordable housing developments and support services in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego and San Jose. In the last 11 years PATH Ventures has built over 1,100 affordable housing units, and PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) has helped over 7,500 individuals “make it home”.

There are over 52,000 people living on the streets of Los Angeles County on any given night (based on the 2018 Los Angeles Homes Services Authority annual count). They are women with children, people struggling with serious health issues, war veterans, seniors, emancipated foster youth, and families who lost everything because of the recession or were displaced by rising rents. PATH Ventures’ housing models aim to prevent and end homelessness by integrating supportive services, community development and permanent housing for people in need.

When asked to explain why he does this annual event Kahn explained, “I am so honored to be a catalyst for this event, and I am so proud of my band for giving their time and energy and creating amazing music for the evening. I have friends that have spent time living on the street, and I know the feeling of being one paycheck away from being evicted. This is the least I can do to give back to the community that I have lived in for 40 years.”

For more information about PATH and PATH Ventures, please visit their website.

One of the Top 100 Jazz ALbums of 2018!

Posted: 27 December 2018, 9:04 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

So excited to discover that I made it onto the JazzWeek Top 100 Jazz Albums of 2018 for my release "Straight Ahead"! Thank you to Groov Marketing, my radio guys, great job! And thanks to all of you that checked out the music To see the complete interactive chart, go to https://lnkd.in/geUiuWu
 

BACK FOR ANOTHER SWINGING SATURDAY NIGHT

Posted: 27 November 2018, 9:37 pm - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

There is nothing like a cool jazz Saturday Night at Vibrato Grill.  The George Kahn Quartet returns for another night of fun

George Kahn – Piano
Pat Kelley – Guitar, Gary Wicks - Bass, Dick Weller - Drums

Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill, Jazz, & Etc. 
2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 474-9400
Saturday December 8
Three sets: 7:009:00 and 10:15 PM
No cover for the 7:00 dinner show; there is a $20 cover for the late shows
RSVPs for the early shows a must – we sold out last time we played here
For reservations, please call or make your reservation  by clicking HERE.  

Bringing Jazz Back To Life on This Thursday

Posted: 5 June 2018, 7:14 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

Tower Records closed in 2007, and their assets were sold to a music distribution company that wanted better rankings on Amazon.

The brand stood for "deep catalogue, deep expertise" but digital killed the experience.

Back then jazz album sales were about 3% of the total music sales in America. In 2017 jazz album sales (including downloads) were 1.5% of the total music sales in America. I love Spoitfy as a consumer, but it is killing the jazz music experience, making it just one more commodity.

How do we turn this around? By experiencing jazz live in the clubs where it all began. I hope you can join me, Lyman Medeiros and Alex Neciosup Acuna as we bring it back to where it all began at Catalina Jazz Club this Thursday!

Join us on Thursday June 7

Posted: 30 May 2018, 10:34 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

Thursday June 7, 8:30 PM 

George Kahn – Piano, Lyman Medeiros– Bass
and Alex Acuña - Drums


Catalina Jazz Club : 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood CA
$20 per person, plus 2 drink minimum. $10 Student Rush tickets also available with ID Doors open at 7:00 PM Reservations recommended, call 323-466-2210

http://www.catalinajazzclub.com/
Catalina Jazz Club : 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood CA 90028
 
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We are LIVE in Hollywood on June 7

Posted: 21 May 2018, 7:51 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

Please call the club to reserve a table 323-466-2210
or reserve online HERE

New Tour T-Shirt Available Now!

Posted: 21 May 2018, 7:46 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

It's here, just in time for the summer, in both Men's and Women's styles.
GEORGE KAHN TRIO STRAIGHT AHEAD TOUR 2018-19
Limited edition of 60 shirts, available now for my Kickstarter friends, only $20 including tax and shipping. Email me you size, and we'll get it going
Mens Large - X-large - XX Large,      Womens Large - X Large