Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Passion Party #587: Information Technology and De-Materialization

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 The shelves full of newsprint and books has been replaced by an iPad.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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Bringing Jazz Music To Life This Thursday

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!

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