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The best night of jazz in Los Angeles, June 30

Posted: 19 June 2018, 9:07 pm - Passion Party

Remember back in the day when you could go to an ultra-cool dinner club, get a martini and a steak and hear some world-class jazz with your date?  Well, those days are back on Saturday June 30 when I bring my Jazz Quartet to Vibrato for a night of swinging jazz

Next Saturday June 30! I'm back at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz in Los Angeles with Alex Acuña, Pat Kelley and David Hughes. Treat yourself to a night a cool jazz, great food and drink. NO COVER for the 6:30 dinner set. Late shows at 9:00 and 10:15 pM have a $20 cover, $25 minimum. See you there! RSVP at 310-474-9400 or vibratogrilljazz.com/reservations

We will be palying lots of tunes from the new STRAIGHT AHEAD album, as well as some new arrangements of songs from West Side Story


Passion Party #587: Information Technology and De-Materialization

Posted: 12 June 2018, 8:38 am - Passion Party

We have too much stuff.
One of my mantras whenever I go to a shopping mall is "I don't need anything.  I already have everything I need to live a full, rewarding life".
For all the complaints about the crazy time we live in, one thing that is taking place with younger people in particular is the lack of need to OWN things, and to BUY tangible objects.

The cubic yards of vynil that used to be my music collection gave way to cubic inches of compact discs and then to the "nothingness" of MP3s. The shelves full of newsprint and books has been replaced by an iPad.  Now we no longer need to buy the 40-odd consumer products that one "smart phone" contain (telephone, answering machine, phone book, camera, camcorder, tape recorder, radio, alarm clock, calculator, dictionary, calendar, encyclopedia, flashlight, fax, and compass, etc.).

Why buy a car, tools, a bicycle or even a house when you can affordably share these items with a click of your finger on an app?

We are creating a way to de-materialize the material world, and with it the possibility of a more free, more balanced life not so tied to the things we own, as to the experiences we have and the interactions we have with other people.


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!


Bringing Jazz Music To Life This Thursday

Posted: 5 June 2018, 7:12 am - Passion Party

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


An Amazing Thing

Posted: 19 April 2018, 9:48 pm - Passion Party

An amazing thing happened today.  

A month after the release of my new Jazz Trio album, STRAIGHT AHEAD it is now #16 on the JazzWeek radio charts.  If you don’t have you copy yet, you can get it on Amazon.com
https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Ahead-Acu%C3%B1a-Medeiros-George/dp/B079HRL1XY

We have a CD RELEASE Celebration planned for Saturday April 28, and I’d love for you to join me.
George Kahn – Piano
Pat Kelley – Guitar (Pat is on the faculty at USC School of Music)
Lyman Medeiros – Bass (Lyman tours with Steve Tyrell and others)
Alex Acuna – Drums (this is a rare club appearance for one of the top percussion studio cats in town)

You can hear and see a sample of our music here:
https://georgekahntrio.com/

Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill, Jazz, & Etc.
2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles, CA 90077 
(310) 474-9400
Saturday April 28
Three sets: 6:309:00 and 10:15 PM
No cover for the 6:30 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 quickly and easily online by clicking HERE.  For parties of 7 or more please call the Vibrato front desk at  
(310) 474-9400 during business hours of 5pm - 10pm to speak directly with a host. 


-George Kahn
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#16 This Week on the JazzWeek Radio Charts!

Posted: 18 April 2018, 7:38 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

The new Straight Ahead album is now #16 on the JazzWeek Radio charts!  Come see the band that has jazz radio spinning with George Kahn, Alex Acuña, Lyman Medeiros and special guest Pat Kelly at Vibrato Grill Jazz on Saturday 4/28

 Dinner set at 6:30, $25 per person minimum (easy to do at Vibrato!) Reservations required
Two more sets, at 9:00 and 10:15 PM $20 cover plus $25 minimum

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION



Passion Party #586 – What Is Your Mission? (The Journey So Far)

Posted: 12 April 2018, 8:34 am - Passion Party

My creative mission has been to share my musical gifts with the world on the highest and most professional level and to create joy for others and myself.

1n 2016 I had an idea that it would be fun to record a music album in the classic Jazz Trio format (piano-bass-drums).  I called my two favorite musicians, Alex Acuña and Lyman Medeiros and they agreed to join the project. Alex is a legendary Latin percussionist and jazz drummer (you can hear him on the early Weather Report albums) and he has played on my records since 2003. Lyman is my first-call bass player.  I just love his sound and talent.

This album was a special journey. We began with 2 days in the studio in April 2017 with a video crew, recording and filming our live performance of 4 songs for YouTube videos.  A fifth video was created for a Kickstarter campaign.  We ran the Kickstarter last summer and successfully raised $10,000 (thanks to many of you!) to complete the project.

Then it was back into Clearlake Recording Studios to record eight more songs – mixing – mastering – photo shoots – artwork – package design – video slide shows – replication...
Finally, in January 2018 STRAIGHT AHEAD was complete.

Was it all worth it?

On March 19 the album was released on various music services (CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc.). Three weeks later the album hit #30 on the JazzWeek radio charts.  It is being played on 84 jazz stations across the US, as well as Jazz After Hours and Jazz Variations (syndicated jazz shows carried by 89 affiliates). At last count songs have been streamed on Spotify over 3000 times. 1,500 YouTube videos have been watched.

Was it worth it?  Hell Yes!

P.S. We have two CD Release gigs coming up in Los Angeles, and I hope you can join me.
SATURDAY 4/28/18 – VIBRATO, 6:30 – 11:15  GEORGE KAHN QUARTET
Three sets: 6:30, 9:00 and 10:15 PM
No Cover for the early show, $20 cover charge after 9:00 PM, plus $25 min per person RSVPs for the early shows a must - it sells out every time we play here
For reservations, please call or make your reservation quickly and easily online by  clicking HERE.  
Thursday 6/7/18 – CATALINA JAZZ CLUB HOLLYWOOD – 8:30 PM GEORGE KAHN TRIO
$25 cover charge, plus $20 min per person 
Click here for reservations


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