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This 8-piece band with three fabulous female singers brings the history of Jazz and Blues music to life, from the '40s  to today
This 8-piece band with three fabulous female singers brings the history of Jazz and Blues music to life, from the '40s  to today
This 8-piece band with three fabulous female singers brings the history of Jazz and Blues music to life, from the '40s to today
228 backers pledged $19,818 to help bring this project to life.

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7/09/14 - update #5 We have had a little change in our rewards. I just found out that due to copyright and use rules we are not allowed to send out copies of the Live at LACMA broadcast. We cannot even give it away! So everything else in the backer rewards holds true, but the best we can do for you is to come up with a way for you to listen to the LACMA radio broadcast. We're working on that, but in the meanwhile we are already rehearsing for our studio session on July 22 and 23rd! Can't wait!

7/08/14 - Update #4 We are on the verge of hitting $19,000 now. Thank you for believing in the Jazz & Blues Revue - we know you will not be disappointed. We are so thrilled that you believed in our project and we can't wait to share our music with you. To celebrate the completion of our Kickstarter campaign, we are performing LIVE in concert for one night only, this Thursday, July 10 in Studio City, CA.

 There are two sets, 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM. Both sets will feature virtually all the players for the recording: Courtney Lemmon, Gina Saputo and Crystal Starr on vocals, George on piano, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez on trumpet, Lyman Medeiros on bass, M.B. Gordy on drums, and special guest Brent Canter on guitar.

 The cover charge is only $15.00. Please call to reserve your seat - Vitello's is a small, intimate dinner room, and it may sell out! Call for reservations : 818.769.0905 Vitellos is located at 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

7/07/14 - Update #3 Wow Wow Wow! we broke through our goal today, thanks to two fans that bought the House Concert Package. Here is a short video I took today at the studio where we are going to record our album!

And here's a little look inside - you still have 3 days left to pledge at the $499 level, and get to join us in the studio as we record our Jazz & Blues Revue album later this month!

7/06/14 - Update #2 - $2100 away from our goal, it is time to start the party!  Please enjoy "Yes We Can Can" from the LIVE AT LACMA radio broadcast

6/26/14 - Update #1 - This is why we decided to Play Big!

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If you hail from Los Angeles, you probably have heard of the George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue. The band was formed about 5 years ago to do benefit concerts in Los Angeles: a 5 piece jazz band fronted by three incredible singers (Courtney Lemmon, Gina Saputo and Crystal Starr) that can do everything from the Andrew Sisters to The Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock, Billy Holiday, Etta James  and everything in between.

Each time we perform people ask for our album, so we decided NOW'S THE TIME and we are ready to put out the debut album of the George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue. Now you can help us do it, and get some fabulous rewards as a thank you!

The Jazz & Blues Revue
The Jazz & Blues Revue
Gina Saputo, Courtney Lemmon and Crystal Starr
Gina Saputo, Courtney Lemmon and Crystal Starr

THE "SECRET SAUCE"

Making a jazz record is like trying to catch lightning in a bottle - we have all the songs picked out, the charts are written, and we have played them live countless times - but the magic happens when we go into the studio and combine all our planning and preparation with spontaneous interaction and improvisation.  George Kahn has released 7 albums, and each of the singers has recorded on their own, but this project has the "secret sauce" - it is going to be more than the sum of its parts. We want YOU to be part of the magic.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

Now you have a chance to become part of the creation of this album by pledging money to make it happen.  In return, you get to choose a variety of "rewards". For a sample of what we do, listen to this version of  "Cantaloupe Island" from the "Live at LACMA" radio broadcast:

In addition, you can choose to get all kinds of fun things, from an autographed copy of our new CD, to dinner with George, to a visit to the recording session, to having us come to YOUR house and do a Jazz & Blues Revue show for you and your guests.

GREAT JAZZ ALBUMS DON'T GROW ON TREES

To release a top-quality album of 13 songs performed by the best musicians in Los Angeles costs money!  Unlike  previous albums where we looked for investors to help complete the album, we have decided to use Kickstarter.  "Where does all this money go", you ask?  Here is a brief breakdown of some of the costs involved in the album project:

PROPOSED BUDGET –

  • Musicians (8 of the best Los Angeles Studio cats!)
  • Hard dives and digital backup of recording
  • Studio time-recording sessions. 4-5 days
  • Mixing and mastering 3-4 days
  • Photography, videography, art direction
  • CD production and pressing
  • Licensing fees (all our songs are "cover" tunes, which require licensing)
  • Domestic and international distribution.
  • Kickstarter fee: 5% of funded project
  • Amazon: 5% of funded project (credit card fees)
  • Conservatively, we feel that $18,000 will get it done. if we raise more, we can do a music video and some radio promotion!.  That would be awesome!  Rest assured, every penny will go into making this the best project possible, and bringing it to the most people.

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WHAT MAKES THIS DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER KICKSTARTER PROJECTS?

Most Kickstarter album projects are set up where you pledge, we go in the studio, we promise to deliver by a certain date, blah blah blah. You wait and hope to hear some music some day.

Not with the Jazz & Blues Revue! Last summer we performed an inspiring show for about 2000 people at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and had the pleasure of the show being broadcast on local jazz station KKJZ (88.1FM). As a special "Thank You" to everyone that pledges, we will set up a listening party for George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue Live at LACMA radio broadcast. This will ONLY be available to our Kickstarter fans.

Its a win-win-win situation! If we DON'T hit our goal, you pay nothing. If we DO hit our goal, you'll get to hear the radio broadcast, and then around the end of the year you will have the pleasure of getting the completed studio album! WOW!

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    • Digital download of complete album - Plus we will IMMEDIATELY mail you a copy of the special radio broadcast "Jazz & Blues Revue LIVE at LACMA" CD (not available for sale, only here as a Kickstarter pledge)

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    • Digital download of complete album - delivered to you electronically ANYWHERE in the WORLD!

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    • We send you a SIGNED CD of complete album + digital download, Plus copy of special radio broadcast "Jazz & Blues Revue LIVE at LACMA" CD

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    International CD package: • We send you a SIGNED CD of complete album + digital download, Plus copy of special radio broadcast "Jazz & Blues Revue LIVE at LACMA" CD - shipped anywhere in the world!

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    • YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN PACKAGE: Your name in the album credits, Signed CD of complete album + digital download, Plus copy of special radio broadcast "LIVE at LACMA" CD

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    • POSTER PACKAGE: Limited Edition Jazz & Blues Revue Poster + a THANK YOU in the album credits, CD of complete album + digital download, Plus copy of special radio broadcast "LIVE at LACMA" CD

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    • GEORGE KAHN CD PACKAGE: Get your groove on with signed copies of “Secrets From The Jazz Ghetto” and "Cover Up!" CDs by George Kahn, PLUS everything in the POSTER PACKAGE

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    • THE GEORGE KAHN "PASSION" PACKAGE: An autographed copy of George's book, "The Pursuit Of Passion", PLUS Get your groove on with FOUR jazz CDs by George including “Secrets From The Jazz Ghetto” and "Cover Up!", PLUS everything in the POSTER PACKAGE (if you are nice, we will even throw in the "Cover Up!" floaty pen

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    "WE SING FOR YOU!" PACKAGE: Courtney, Gina and Crystal will sing you or your loved one a "Happy Birthday" song - You tell us who the song is for, and we'll record it and send you a copy to deliver on the important day. PLUS everything in the POSTER PACKAGE

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    • PARTY PACKAGE #1: You get the POSTER PACKAGE, PLUS Two tickets for the album release party in Hollywood (date TBA, travel and misc. expenses not included)

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    • "MY DINNER WITH GEORGE" PACKAGE you get the POSTER PACKAGE, PLUS George will come to your home and cook his award winning "Arroz Con Pollo Chinese-Style" soup for you (within 60 miles of Los Angeles, CA)

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    • PARTY PACKAGE #2 you get the POSTER PACKAGE, PLUS Two tickets for the album premiere in Hollywood, PLUS a "meet and greet" with George and the ladies before the show (Date TBD, travel and misc. expenses not included)

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    • STUDIO PACKAGE: Be part of the action! You get the POSTER PACKAGE, PLUS a visit to the studio during the recording of the album in Los Angeles (Date TBD, travel expense not included)

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    • HEAD HONCHO PACKAGE: Be part of the action, plus an album credit! You get the STUDIO PACKAGE , plus Kickstarter Executive Producer credit on album

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    • GEORGE KAHN SOLO HOUSE CONCERT – the POSTER PACKAGE, plus George will play in your living room or a location of your choice (as long as you have a piano!) anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. We’ll have dinner, pick a set list together and turn it into a jam, if you want!

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    • GEORGE KAHN DUO HOUSE CONCERT – the POSTER PACKAGE, plus George and ONE singer from The Jazz & Blues Revue will play in your living room (or a location of your choice) anywhere within 300 miles of Los Angeles. (We'll travel farther, if you pick up the plane fare!)

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    • JAZZ & BLUES REVUE HOUSE CONCERT – the POSTER PACKAGE, plus George and the three singers of The Jazz & Blues Revue will play in your living room (or a location of your choice) anywhere within 300 miles of Los Angeles. (We'll travel farther, if you pick up the plane fare!)

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    • THE REALLY BIG HOUSE CONCERT – the POSTER PACKAGE, plus Kickstarter Executive Producer credit on album, PLUS the complete 8-piece JAZZ & BLUES REVUE BAND will play in your living room or a location of your choice anywhere within 300 miles of Los Angeles. (We'll travel farther, if you pick up the plane fare!)

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