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About this project

"You leave a piece of you and your soul in a record - it will be there forever"*

If you hail from Los Angeles, you have probably heard of George Kahn, a "West Coast" jazz pianist that has been putting out albums since 1998 featuring some of L.A.'s best musicians.  George's goal has always been to put out quality music that is heartfelt, emotional and swinging.

Now, for the first time, George is releasing a Piano Trio CD with two other wonderful LA-based musicians, Alex Acuna on drums and Lyman Medeiros on bass.  You may have seen Lyman playing with Steve Tyrell or Dianne Schuur, and you have undoubtedly heard Alex when he played with Weather Report, Herbie Hancock or on numerous film scores.

The new album will feature many contemporary songs that you might not expect to hear in a jazz style, plus new originals by George.  Here is the  the Trio playing their version of Prince's THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE

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 Here are the first four audio tracks, a sample of what you will hear when we complete the album with your pledge:

https://soundcloud.com/geo-kahn/sets/george-kahn-trio

"To improvise is to be in the moment but in the studio that one moment equals eternity"

Making a jazz record is like trying to catch lightning in a bottle: we have all the songs picked out, the charts 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. So far the trio has recorded 4 songs in the studio, but we need your support to finish the album. Yes, 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.

"The sound of the music...is really the greatness of being a human being"*

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. There are all kinds of fun things, from an autographed copy of our new CD, to a live house concert, to a visit to the recording session - so join us!

Great jazz albums don't grow on trees

You can't make a top-quality album performed by the best musicians in Los Angeles for free! Unlike previous albums where we looked for investors to help us, we decided to use Kickstarter. Here is a brief breakdown of the costs involved in the album project:

Here's where the money goes!
Here's where the money goes!
  • Conservatively, we feel that $9,997 will get it done. If we raise more, we can do some radio promotion, book ourselves into a better studio, or record additional songs!. That would be awesome! Rest assured, every penny will go into making this the best project possible, and bringing it to the most people.

*Thanks, Jaco Pastoius, for the quotes!

Want to see more?  Here's the second video from the project, "Dreamin'" by George Kahn

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 Not Sure Which Reward to Choose? May I suggest the "BAR IS OPEN" Coaster and CD Combo for $75

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 More About The House Party for $100

The coolest reward is our House Party on Sunday August 6 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at a location in West Los Angeles (TBA).  You and 30 of our biggest fans will get to be up-close and personal with George, Lyman and Alex.  We'll have food and drink - it will be a party! You can sit at Alex's feet (literally) and feel the vibrations.  Here are a couple of video samples to give a sense of excitement

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Risks and challenges

What Makes This Different From All Other Kickstarter Projects?
Most Kickstarter album projects are set so that after you pledge, the band goes in the studio, they promise to deliver by a certain date - blah blah blah. You wait and hope to hear some music someday.

Not with the George Kahn Trio! We have already recorded the first 4 songs from the album (complete with videos). You can see and hear the excitement and feel comfortable that when you help us complete our project you will have the swinging-est album ever.

This is George's 9th album, and his second Kickstarter project. Here is a link to George's first successful project in 2014 (CD produced on time and on budget!)
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1527888797/george-kahn-jazz-and-blues-revue-our-first-studio…

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    "The Bar Is Open" CD

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    YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN PACKAGE

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    "We don't need no stinking physical CDs!" For you youngsters here is a high-def digital download of EVERY track from EVERY album in George's catalog, PLUS a digital download of the new album. Hours of listening pleasure!

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    ULTIMATE GEORGE KAHN MUSIC PACKAGE

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    HOUSE PARTY VIP PACKAGE

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    GEORGE KAHN SOLO HOUSE CONCERT

    the "BAR IS OPEN" CD & COASTER COMBO, 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! (airfare extra, if outside of a 120 mile radius of Los Angeles)

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    GEORGE KAHN DUO HOUSE CONCERT

    the "BAR IS OPEN" CD & COASTER COMBO, plus George and Lyman 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! (airfare extra, if outside of a 120 mile radius of Los Angeles)

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    GEORGE KAHN TRIO HOUSE CONCERT

    the "BAR IS OPEN" CD & COASTER COMBO, plus George and his trio will play in your living room or a location of your choice (as long as you have a piano!). Sorry, this one is only good within a 120 mile radius of Los Angeles. We’ll have dinner, pick a set list together and turn it into a jam, if you want!

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