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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


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.  

Passion Party #590 - Warren Buffett, Dr. Oz, Joe Stumpf and 9 Things for the New Year

Posted: 10 September 2018, 8:01 am - Passion Party

I love learning. And I love reading lists. So I love reading lists of what other people have learned.
These bits of knowledge do not transform my life. That is, unless I take them and make them part of my daily routine, so they become a habit.

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the start of a week of reflection and repentance. Here's my list of 9 Things for the New Year, culled from three pretty smart people, my business coach Joe Stumpf, Dr. Oz, and a word from Warren Buffett as well.

1) Create a morning ritual to get centered: Stretch, meditate, write, share
2) Stop eating by 8PM each night.  Start eating again after 8:00 AM the next morning
3) Get enough sleep (7-8 hours night)
4) If you feel lonely, pick up the phone and call a friend.  If your friend is not available, make a new one! 
5) Reduce calories to lose weight.  exercise to build strength and stamina, not to lose weight.
6) Have a Date Night with your significant other at least 2 times a month
7) Spend at least 5 hours each week learning something new
8) Always have a project you are passionate about to work on.
9) Give more than you get, every day!

Have a happy, healthy and blessed New Year!

Passion Party #589 - Competeition vs. "Rising Tide"

Posted: 10 July 2018, 7:17 am - Passion Party

As I go through life I have many choices.
Every day, every minute I can choose the direction I want to take:
Go to work or go to the beach
Go to the gym or eat bon-bons in bed...
In a similar way I get to choose the people I surround myself with, my "tribe"

In my business there is a tribe called the Competition Tribe.  This tribe has leaders and followers, a few winners and many losers.  This tribe measures itself by the sales board, or perhaps how many push-ups you can do.  This is not a bad thing, but in a Competition Tribe there can only be one first place winner. If you come in second, you are a loser.

I have chosen to build a "Rising Tide" Tribe. This tribe has leaders and followers, but no winners or losers. The game we play is to get better at our craft each day, and bring others along with us so that everyone improves. The tribe measures itself by the quality of life we live, not by how many units sold this month.

Of course I still love to become better, smarter and stronger.  But the competition is only with myself. The question I ask is not "who can I conquer today?", it is "how can I improve the well-being of each person I plan to see today?"

Passion Party #588 - The End Of Romantic Militarism

Posted: 27 June 2018, 6:06 am - Passion Party

"Romantic militarism" refers to a widespread, European intellectual phenomenon that made its appearance at the time of the French Revolution and carried through our two world wars, a belief that war was THE way to enforce justice. The only solution for the injustice in the world is a redemptive cataclysm that will bring total freedom and self-expression.
The fact that war brought enormous death, destruction and man-made disaster was secondary.

But after many conflicts the romance has been drained from war. We realize more and more that human life is precious, and the days of glorifying war are behind us.

Perhaps it is time to not only beat our swords into plow-shares, but to also change the traits that we value most. Glory, honor, per-eminence, manliness, heroism and other symptoms of excess testosterone can be downgraded.

Today I will focus more on communication, empathy, collaboration, vulnerability, intuition and patience. This is where I will find my romance.

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!

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
Catalina Jazz Club : 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood CA 90028

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

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