Welcome to The West Coast Jazz of George Kahn

The "Cover Up" Recording Session

Mark Berndt is an amazing photographer and graphic artist - he has designed and/or done the photos for many of my CDs (Out Of Time, Midnight Brew, …Compared To What and Cover Up). Here is a wonderful collection of rare photos from the Cover Up sessions, featuring Brian Bromberg, Alex Acuna, Justo Almario, John Fumo and Courtney Lemmon.

Cover Up! session photos
Cover Up! session photos

We are giving away two copies of the Jazz & Blues Revue album

Posted: 17 October 2015, 4:10 pm - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

No purchase necessary, enter for a chance to win!

Grammy Members 2016, For Your Consideration

Posted: 17 October 2015, 1:54 pm - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

Please take a moment and share our excitement as we are being considered for a Grammy nomination between now and November 4.  If you are are Grammy member, please give a listen to the "Best Jazz Vocal Album" in our humble opinion. Just click on the SoundCloud link below.

Album: George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue
Artist: George Kahn, featuring Courtney Lemmon, Gina Saputo and Crystal Starr
Category: Best Jazz Vocal Album

Category: Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Afro Blue - George Kahn, piano)
Category: Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Summertime - Bobby Rodriguez, trumpet)
Category: Best New Artist (George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue)
Category: Album of the Year  (George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue)
Category: Best Arrangement, Instrumental + Vocals (God Bless The Child, George Kahn arranger, featuring Gina Saputo)

Category: Best Production, Non-Classical


Saturday August 29 Seabird Jazz Lounge presents George Kahn "Secrets" Quintet

Posted: 21 July 2015, 9:32 pm - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

Saturday August 29 Seabird Jazz Lounge presents

George Kahn "Secrets" Quintet
-       George Kahn
-       Nolan Shaheed - trumpet
- Chuck Manning - sax
-       Special Guest Artists Azar Lawrence
-       Jeff Takiguchi - bass
-       Paul Kreibich - drums

The GEORGE KAHN "SECRETS" BAND is a "classic" jazz quintet.  The "secret" is you never know which amazing players George will have in the band on any gig.  This next show, on Saturday August 29 is going to feature the horn section of Nolan Shaheed (Marvin Gaye, Count Basie) on trumpet, Chuck Manning on sax and Special Guest Azar Lawrence (McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Elvin Jones) on sax.  Paul Kreibich (drums) and Jeff Takiguchi (Bass) will round out the rhythm section.

A rare Saturday Night performance - come join us when music starts at 9:00 PM - 12:30 AM, Seabird Jazz Lounge, 730 Broadway long beach CA 90802 USA   $10.00 cover charge - for more information: http://www.seabirdjazzloungelbc.com/index.html

A FREE Concert by Jazz & Blues Revue on Thursday July 16 in Culver City

Posted: 11 June 2015, 10:45 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

The Culver City Music Festival is a free concert series on Thursday nights in July and August that takes place in front of Culver City Hall at the corner of Culver Blvd. and Duquesne Ave.   George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue will be performing on July 16 at 7:00 PM. To get good seats come early, as the plaza fills up with music fans quickly, or there are also $10.00 reserved seats available.  Here are the details:

The Culver City Boulevard Music Summer Festival Presents
George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue

Date: Thursday July 16
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Culver City Hall Plaza
For more information or to purchase reserved seats go to:

Here is a sample of what you might hear at the show:


The "SASS 'N' SOUL" WORLD TOUR comes to Bakersfield, CA, next Sunday January 11

Posted: 4 January 2015, 4:15 pm - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

The GEORGE KAHN JAZZ & BLUES "SASS 'N' SOUL" WORLD TOUR gets under way this month with a performance sponsired by the Bakersfield Community Concert Association at the Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxton Ave., Bakersfield, CA on next Sunday, January 11. 

 Please join George, Gina, Courtney and Crystal, and the JAZZ & BLUES REVUE as we bring Jazz and Blues alive in Bakersfield!  

 Tickets will be available at the door ($40.00 for the one concert, or $80 for the 5-concert series) More information: http://www.bakersfieldcca.org/kahn.htm

$25 For a Great Show and a Great Cause

Posted: 9 December 2014, 8:31 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

A recent study showed that Los Angeles is in the Top 3 of non-affordable places to buy a home in America.

The cost of housing has soared in the last few years as the real estate market has come back, but people's income has not kept pace.

Rather than feel helpless about this inequality, once a year I donate my money, time and talent, and throw a Jazz Fundraiser Party for PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) Ventures, a non-profit that builds affordable housing for the homeless in Los Angeles.

Please join me tomorrow night (Wednesday 12/10) at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.  My company, Mortgage Capital Partners, underwrites the band, so ALL the money raised at the door goes directly to PATH Ventures.   The all-star band this years features Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Chuck Manning, Pat Kelley, Lyman Medeiros, MB Gordy, and the fabulous singers of the Jazz & Blues Revue: Courtney Lemmon, Gina Saputo and Crystal Starr.

A batch of $25 tickets have just been released (with half-price tickets available for students with ID).  Please RSVP on line or call Catalina's at  (323) 466-2210  and reserve your seats before the show sells out. I'll see you tomorrow night!

George KAHN - PATH Ventures Jazz & Blues Revue Fundraiser Wednesday, December 10th

6725 West SUNSET Blvd., HOLLYWOOD, CA. 90028 Tel. (323) 466-2210

The new George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue CD- Get Yours Today!

Posted: 18 November 2014, 7:23 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

Jazz Pianist George Kahn felt his fans were ready for a change, so he formed the Jazz & Blues Revue.  More than just another jazz ensemble this time around, the Jazz & Blues Revue brings three of the best singers in Los Angeles together to perform unique arrangements of jazz standards along with other well-known songs, in a wonderful blend of Jazz, R&B and Soul.
The album has 13 new, creative arrangements of jazz and blues standards like Cantaloupe Island, Rock Me Baby, Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar, God Bless The Child, Summertime and Afro Blue.
Singer Courtney Lemmon has appeared on several of George’s albums and most recently released her debut CD “STAY WITH ME”, teaming her with Grammy Award winning Producer Michael Acosta.  Gina Saputo was among seven musicians chosen by Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, and Wayne Shorter to study at the Thelonius Monk Institute. She performs regularly and also teaches singing at the Musicians Institute.  Crystal Starr has performed as a backup singer for Ariana Grande, as well as legendary greats Smokey Robinson, John Legend and Joss Stone.  She recently performed on Broadway in “Baby It’s You!”.
Renowned musicians Eric Marienthal (Sax), Dr. Bobby Rodriguez (trumpet),  Lyman Medeiros (Bass) and M. B. Gordy (Drums/Percussion) are featured on the new album,  along with Special Guests, Pat Kelley on Guitar and Chuck Manning on Sax.
Available at CDBABY and AMAZON

Deep In The Kickstarter Trenches - Part 6

Posted: 15 July 2014, 7:05 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

The Jazz & Blues Revue 40-day Kickstarter campaign ended on Friday July 11, at 2:00 PM.  It was a resounding success: we hit our goal of $18,000 on Monday July 7, and by Friday we ended up with 250 backers pledging $19,818.  I am still a bit in awe of the accomplishment - we were able to raise almost $20,000 to create an album of jazz and blues music that would never be considered by the major record labels - and I didn't even have to call in my "rich uncle" at the last minute. 
This is Part 6 of a blog I started to document the actual process of going through a successful Kickstarter campaign.  There are countless guides you can find that teach you how to create a crowd funding campaign, but  I think this may be the first one that carries you through the process.  In the end we hit and actually exceeded our number by 10%.  The dust has finally settled a little.  It is time to reflect on what I actually LEARNED from this experience
1.    Set a goal that is a stretch, but is doable.
Kickstarter gives you very good stats before and during the process.  One thing I read is the average Kickstarter donation comes out to be around $75.  So I figured that to hit our goal of $18,000, we would need at least 240 backers.  I felt certain that, between my fan base and the singers fan base, we must have 240 people that would step up to the plate.  In the end, we had 250 backers that pledged $19,818 or an average pledge of $79.27 each.  Creating a viable and realistic financial goal lets you finish strong.
2.    Timing is everything
In researching crowd funding, I knew that the dates we chose for our campaign would matter.  It had to fit the schedule of the band.  It had to end on the right day, and not get clobbered by holiday weekends.  We all had to be available for a final push during the last week.  I wanted to schedule parties and events during the campaign.  Nothing can be left to chance.
3. Create scarcity
Limiting the number of people that can get certain rewards make then more valuable.  This especially helps with the large rewards - big backers want to feel special!
4.      All or nothing works
There are other funding sites that are not date specific, and others that let you keep part of the money, even if you don't hit your full goal.  Kickstarter's "all or nothing" approach is scary, but very effective.  It creates urgency.  It let's people know you are serious, and if you don't hit your goal they get their money back and don't get stuck with a credit card bill for an inferior product.  And people love to be heroes - people wanted to be the one to help us hit $10,000, or be the one to push us over the $18,000 goal.
5. Set aside time to do the work
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise - fundraising is hard work. I probably averaged 2-3 hours a day to make this happen.  It was challenging, exhausting and so rewarding, not just financially.
6. Make it fun
If it ain't fun, then why do this?  We created some really fun rewards, we scheduled Kickstarter parties during the 40 days, and we even scheduled a club gig the last night of our campaign.  Talk about commitment!  I figured we would both hit our goal and have an incredible celebration, or we would have a gig that was very depressing - and no one wanted that to happen!
7. Give Thanks
Keeping in contact with all the backers during the campaign was important, but now it is even more important to touch base and thank them for making our dream a reality.  We really could not have done this without their support.  The final project is months from completion, but now is the time to thank them and keep them in the loop.  These 250 people are going to be our advocates when the final album arrives!

54 hours to go - Momentum is on our side now...

Posted: 9 July 2014, 7:57 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

Success often happens when you just lean into it
 when you leave yourself open to opportunities
without a contract or any expectations.
Like the snowball that continues to grow as it rolls downhill,
leaning into it creates momentum.
Momentum is that unseen energy force that brings more opportunity
more resources
more people who can help you on your path as it unfolds.
38 years ago I threw my electric piano and all my belongings into a Dodge van,
and drove to Los Angeles to be a professional musician.
I had no job, no contract
I just leaned into the dream
I did not know then that my real purpose
was to help people with my knowledge, creativity and organizational skills
to build better lives
and that leaning into my dream
would lead me to a successful banking career
8 self-released jazz albums
a published book
and a wonderful wife and family.
You lean into it
You see how it feels
 The journey will take you where you want to go - or even someplace better.

We Made It! Still 3 days left to pre-order the Jazz & Blues Revue CD

Posted: 8 July 2014, 8:39 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

"You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know is because I have made so many mistakes."
-Buckminster Fuller

Many people fail to take action because they are afraid to fail.
But if we look at each mistake as a lesson to learn,
then the failure is really just part of the learning process.

Mistakes are just opportunities for learning something new
and if I continue to
fail forward
if I am willing to fail and learn
then success will come eventually.