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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

George Kahn "SECRETS" Band, Wednesday Night 5/20 in Hollywood



Jazz Pianist GEORGE KAHN "SECRETS" BAND is a "classic" jazz quintet. The "secret" is you never know which amazing players George will have lined up to appear with him.

George’s next show, Wednesday May 20th, will feature the fantastic horn section of Nolan Shaheed (Marvin Gaye, Count Basie) on trumpet, partnered with Rickey Woodard (Ray Charles, Horace Silver, Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra) on sax. 

He will also be joined by his "A-Team", Lyman Medeiros on bass and M. B. Gordy on drums.

The SECRETS Band  will pay special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage".

$15.00, plus a 2 drink minimum. 
Doors open at 7:00 PM and music beginning at 8:30 PM. 
We suggest to RSVP for best seats: Call 323-466-2210

Catalina Jazz Club
6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
www.CatalinaJazzClub.comwww.CatalinaJazzClub.com

Sunday, January 4, 2015

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

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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

$25 For a Great Show and a Great Cause

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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

FEATURING SINGERS COURTNEY LEMMON, GINA SAPUTO AND CRYSTAL STARR
 
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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Deep In The Kickstarter Trenches - Part 6


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!