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George Kahn

Having majored in Music Composition at Brandeis University, George brings a classically trained sensibility to the jazz form. His West Coast Jazz, unlike a lot of jazz, is not about how fast or complicated the music is — it’s a forum where he can communicate feelings and emotions with his audience. George’s musical mission is to recapture the magic of jazz from the 50s and 60s, “before synthesizers and sequencers roamed the earth.”

In 1999, George formed Sudhana Music Publishing and his independent record label, Playing Records, as an avenue to share his music. He has released five self-produced CDs: Conscious Dreams (a jazz/new age configuration), Out of Time (a jazz recording featuring the late Billy Higgins on drums), Freedom Vessel (featuring Dave Carpenter on bass and Joe Labarbera on drums), and Midnight Brew (featuring Grammy-nominated trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez, Peak recording artist Eric Marienthal, and Telarc recording artist Tierney Sutton). His 5th album …Compared To What? was released in October 2004, and once again features Eric, as well as woodwind guru Justo Almario, drummer and percussionist Alex Acuña, bassist extraordinaire Brian Bromberg, and trumpet player John Fumo.

A firm believer in public school music programs, George has done fundraising for the Santa Monica Public Schools, and has taught the clinic, “The Art of Comping” at the IAJE convention in Long Beach CA. This clinic is now being offered at a high school and college level, with appearances scheduled with the Brubeck Institute and Linfield College.