Thursday, April 19, 2018

An Amazing Thing

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

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:
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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Thursday, April 12, 2018

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

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 

Monday, March 19, 2018

You just have to create!

The new album has been released, and is available today on Amazon.com, iTunes, CDBABY, Spotify, etc.

George Kahn, Alex Acuña and Lyman Medeiros featured this week on ALL ABOUT JAZZ.com

http://bit.ly/2FV5beu
Please enjoy the first video from the new album

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Music Never Stops

My good friend Alex Acuña once told me that his definition of retirement is just choosing which music gigs he wants to do, and turning down the rest.

The never-ending pursuit of passion, creativity and joy is what keeps me going and keeps me young.
With this in mind I have lined up four gigs over the next few months to celebrate the release of my new CD, STRAIGHT AHEAD.

I hope you can join me in celebration and love

1) Another Swinging Sat. Night 2/24

George is joined by Pat Kelley for a return engagement at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill, Jazz, & Etc. This is possibly THE premiere jazz club in Los Angeles now, great sound system, great lighting and great food.
- There is NO COVER CHARGE for the dinner set, $20 per person starting with the 9:00 PM  and 10:15 sets
- The band: George Kahn - piano, Pat Kelley - guitar, Jamey Tate - drums, David Hughes- Bass
Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill, Jazz, & Etc.
2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 474-9400
Three sets: 6:30, 9:00 and 10:15 PM
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. 

2) Future Dates for the George Kahn Trio

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SATURDAY 4/28/18 – VIBRATO, 6:30 – 11:15  GEORGE KAHN QUARTET
Pat Kelley- guitar, Me – piano – Lyman Medeiros – bass, Alex Acuña – Drums 
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
Lyman Medeiros – bass, Alex Acuña – Drums  
$25 cover charge, plus $20 min per person 

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pasion Party #585 - Be Thankful

Be Thankful  
These words from an unknown poet remind me to be thankful on Thanksgiving and all the other days, too.
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times, you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.

I love the thought that Thanksgiving is less of a meal and more of a mindset. May your Thanksgiving be filled with friends, family, love and all that is important to you.

All love,
George Kahn

Monday, October 23, 2017

Passion Party #582 - Avinu Maleinu Part 2

Accepting the premise that there is some God-like entity or energy to pray to, the Avinu Malkeinu prayer from the Jewish New Year is really a series of requests from the congregation to "Our Father, Our King".
In a nutshell, we are saying, "I have screwed up this year; have compassion God, let me try again for another year."  It is made up of 15 short statements, almost all of them requests:
1) a statement that there is a God
2) a request, prefaced by "for Your sake" asking for mercy.
This presents an interesting relationship between the believer and God. It is in God's benefit to show me mercy because I believe in him.  If I am not shown mercy, who will believe in God?  Who will be left to do God's will?
3) a request for healing of the sick (this is one of the few requests that is not "all about me".)
4) a request to remove the decree against me
5) a request to be inscribed in the Book of Life
6) a request for God to remember our good deeds
7) like #2, a request to save us "for Your sake".
8) a request to be heard
9) a statement that we have sinned
10) a request for compassion for us and our family
11) a request to end sickness, violence and hunger (finally not just for me and my family)
12) a request to end the reign of those that cause pain and terror
13) a request to be entered in the Book of Goodness
14) a request for a year of goodness
15) finally, a request for an answer to the prayer, to be saved through acts of justice and love.
Like so many prayers that I learned in Hebrew School, this one feels somewhat misguided.  It does gratefully move for centering on "all about me", finally requesting things for the greater good (from "me" to "us" to "everyone").
I have come to believe that requesting specific action from God or the Universe is a waste of time.  The Universe just is.
The best we can do is fit into the positive flow of energy and avoid the negative.
So my prayer is, "What can I do today to better serve Your will?  Relieve me of the bondage of self. Show me what acts of justice and love I can do now so that I can better serve Your will and Your way of life.  Your will, not mine, be done."

Passion Party #584 - Income/Expense - Part 1

It's been about a year and a half now that my wife and I have talked about creating a budget.

Budget is such a dirty word
For me it has elements of shame and discomfort built into its definition

It has been easier for me to make more money rather than look at how I spend it.
But that time is over.  It's time to pull the curtain back and see what the Wizard of Oz really looks like.

Why is this important?
Its about getting clarity
and focus
and removing the weight of worry and doubt
It will give me a purpose as to what I am working for
or not working for
It will give me a clear path to work from/off of

My argument against getting this clarity was that my income fluctuates so much each year, how can I ever really predict the future?
But then I realized that it is not about predicting the future
It is about looking at the past and seeing where the money went, not where it is coming from.
The budget will create itself
once I have clarity on how I spend my money.
The budget will allow me to make choices.

Right now it is just about clarity
Putting my expenses into categories
filling in the pieces of the puzzle
with no judgement - it is what it is.
The income/expense comes later.