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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Come Join The Party on December 8

Secret Location Revealed!

Sunday Dec. 8 The George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue Annual Holiday Party has changed venues! - $25 cover plus minimum.  Tickets are on sale now, so mark your calendar for the best holiday party of the year, not to be missed! We will be doing a set of holiday tunes, plus our Tribute to Aretha Franklin.
This year we will be having the party on the rooftop of the Kimpton La Peer Hotel,  27 N La Peer Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069. If you only go to one holiday party this season, this is the one. More info when tickets go on sale later this month
Here is the link to buy tickets: CLICK HERE

http://bit.ly/JazzAndBluesHoliday


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Big Annoucement: Jazz Is Not Dead!

When was the last time you treated yourself to a night on the town?You start with a lovely Sunday Night drive to Studio City to a famous Italian restaurant with a newly renovated show room, with comfortable tables, a great sound system and lighting.  The waitress gives you a menu that covers everything from pizza and salad, all the way to New York Steak.  After a drink (or two) the music kicks in at 8:00 PM and you are hearing some of the greatest musicians in Los Angeles, creating inspiring music that makes you smile and tap your feet.  This can be you on Sunday, August 11 when you join the George Kahn Quartet at Vitellos for a rare performance.

Vitellos is recently remodeled, and they totally redesigned the upstairs performance room, with new stage, lights, sound system and piano(!).  You can come for dinner at 6:30 PM, or just come for the music at 8:00 PM, but either way you will have a wonderful night of food, music and friends.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

COOL JAZZ RETURNS TO FEINSTEIN'S AT VITELLOS


Join George for a swinging night of West Coast Cool Jazz with his All-Star quartet, Pat Kelley, Alex Acuña and David Hughes. We will be featuring songs from the "STRAIGHT AHEAD" album.  Feinstein's At Vitellos has been redesigned and is now the coolest jazz room in town. tickets are $20 - 30, and are available at: http://bit.ly/GKQatVitellos

Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8:00 PM, see you there!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Its Spotify's World, You Just Stream It

Pulling the Curtain Back on Jazz Sales and Streaming

After 20 years of releasing jazz albums and getting airplay on jazz stations across the US, having my own Pandora station (George Kahn Radio) as well as getting tens of thousands of streams on Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music I still get little royalty checks, but I have watched the sales diminish over the years. Is it just me? Not according to the latest Nielsen/Soundscan statistics, released this week for mid-year 2019.

Back in 1999 Jazz Album sales were just under 3% of total album sales (pretty much tied with Classical music).  A recent annual report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) states that in 2000 the total worldwide revenue from album sales was $23.3 Billion dollars. Now physical sales of jazz albums are  still 2.7% of total sales volume for albums, but the total revenue from album sales in 2018 was $4.7 Billion dollars - an 80% drop! (album sales dropped another 20% in just the last year 2018-2019).

According to the Neilsen study the combined US albums, digital sales, and streaming the total volume for jazz is now 1% of the total volume.
This is pretty dismal.

There are two issues here: 1) the drop in number of sales and 2) how much the artist is being paid for this "Consumption of Product" (which is the new definition of music on the internet.)
25% of jazz sales still take place with physical product (as opposed to Rap/Hip Hop where physical album sales are just 5% of the total). I guess this is good news, as the artist gets paid way better for physical sales and downloads. 60% of jazz "music consumption" takes place through streaming services.

I have read various articles about how little the different services pay the artist for streaming music. Note or Concord, etc.) Here are my recent numbers, as reported on CD Baby, my distributor:
ALBUM SALES: CDBABY DIRECT = $5.08 - $5.78/ALBUM
DIRECT DOWNLOAD: $.637/ SONG
And here are some recent payments from the streaming services: 
Jun 27, 2019
Jan 2019
Google Music Store
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Can't Feel My Face
Yes
Stream
1.0
$0.00528706
$0.00528706
Jun 26, 2019
May 2019
iTunes - Apple Music – US
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Rumour Has It
Yes
Stream
1.0
$0.00456638
$0.00456638
Jun 17, 2019
Apr 2019
Pandora Plus
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Wonton Kelly
No
Stream
1.0
$0.00243278
$0.00243278
Jun 17, 2019
Apr 2019
Pandora Radio
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Wonton Kelly
No
Stream
2.0
$0.00081826
$0.00163652
Jun 11, 2019
Mar 2019
Spotify
George Kahn
Straight Ahead
Red's Riff
No
Stream
1.0
$0.00447629
$0.00447629
-
Here is a recent month total from Pandora:

TOTAL STREAMS/ AMOUNT EARNED ON PANDORA FOR APRIL 2019
Streams Total:
7995.0

Income total: $6.64510000
 = .000832 CENTS PER STREAM
(Yes, that is less than 1/10th of 1 cent per stream)

THE TAKE-AWAY: If you are an artist, you have to either focus on getting people to buy the product with great music AND creative packaging and marketing, or you have a figure out a viral-hit that will get millions of streams. And if you are a jazz "consumer", please buy or download the album, and go see live jazz often. Otherwise we'll just be left streaming "Kind of Blue" for the millionth time.
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Monday, June 3, 2019

THIS SUNDAY! George Kahn - Pat Kelley - Alex Acuña - Lyman Medeiros

and special guest vocalist Diana Zaslove Kahn!
One set only - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call to reserve seats
323-466-2210
or
Buy tickets online ($25 per person)
(psst: discount tickets also available for $15 on Goldstar.com

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

By Popular Demansd - we are Back In Hollywood!

We are back from our No Cal tour, having killed in onoma nad Berkeley, CA, and now we are back In Hollywood. Come join us!