Ashley Kahn

Ashley’s Contributions

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04/05/14    Before & After

Before and After with Ravi Coltrane

A sense of sax history

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11/07/13    Concerts

Review: The 45th Barcelona Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival

A world-class festival that's bound to its community

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11/05/13    Before & After

Before & After with Dave Douglas

ln praise of Woody, Wynton and more

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07/03/13    Before & After

Before & After with Steve Coleman

Finding value in any style or sound

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03/29/13    Before & After

Before & After with Bob Belden

An uncontrollably analytical mind

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12/14/12    Concerts

Review: Barcelona Jazz Festival 2012

Doing it right with a varied, international focus

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11/07/12    Before & After

Before & After with Ambrose Akinmusire

At 30, a lifetime of knowledge

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03/19/12    Before & After

Before & After with Rudresh Mahanthappa

At the Barcelona festival, an in-depth discussion of sax music and cultural fusion

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01/04/12    Concerts

Umbria Jazz Winter Festival, December 2011

Smaller in scale than Perugia, Orvieto's fest offers the best of Italy

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10/24/11    Features

Charles Lloyd: We Must Sing the Song

An icon continues his lifelong pursuit of melody

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January/February 2008    Features

Pharoah Sanders: Jewels of Thought

It’s a spring afternoon in a comfortable section of South Central Los Angeles. The richly textured tone of a tenor saxophone wafts across the lawn of a two-story house, blending with the dull hum of I-10 not far off. The moment suggests a number of things...

September 2006    Features

After Hours: New York's Jazz Joints Through the Ages

Many of the legendary Manhattan nightspots where jazz musicians got their start are long gone but certainly not forgotten. It’s hard to imagine the careers of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis or Dizzy Gillespie without the Cotton Club, the Royal Roost or the...

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March 2006    News

Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins: Tales of Two Sonnys

Producing a jazz album can be a bitch, especially if the producer and artist are not hitting it off. One might enter the studio with the necessary musical experience, technical know-how and appreciation for the musicians--and all the equipment's tweaked...

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November 2005    Features

Roy Haynes: Snap Crackle

The legendary bebop drummer turned 80 earlier this year. Ashley Kahn caught up with Haynes to find out about his Fountain of Youth.

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September 2005    News

Michael Cuscuna: The Art of the Reissue

If online bulletin boards and listserv groups are an accurate measure, discussion of record-company reissue policies is a sure-fire blood-boiler for jazz fans. Start a thread on any deserving artist long absent from the retail racks—old, obscure or out of...

03/14/05    Concerts

John Scofield & Brad Mehldau

It can’t be helped. For at least the next few seasons, the three venues at Columbus Circle that now house Jazz at Lincoln Center (Rose Theater, Allen Hall, Dizzy’s) will upstage the stars and merit mention. This review is no exception and hey, even Scofield...

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About Ashley Kahn

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Ashley Kahn can be heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and is the author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album, Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece and, most recently, The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records.