WEST COAST JAZZ RECORDING ARTIST GEORGE KAHN RELEASES 10th ALBUM GEORGE KAHN – DREAMCATCHER FEATURING PAT KELLEY, ALEX ACUÑA AND DAVID HUGHES
Jazz stalwarts George Kahn and Pat Kelley have joined forces to create DreamCatcher, a new 12-song set being released on November 6, 2020. Their piano/guitar quartet sound is so simpatico, it was only a matter of time before they would put out an album. DreamCatcher brings us standards ranging from Stardust (1927) to Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (1972) as well as a few new originals. As with all George Kahn albums, there are plenty of subtle tributes to the Jazz greats, like Dave Brubeck, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Wes Montgomery/ Wynton Kelly, and Bill Evans/Jim Hall.
It was quite a ride to create this album during a global pandemic! Recording began in January 2020, before there was much thought of the Coronavirus. A successful Kickstarter campaign in March and April carried the project forward, but Covid caused a delay in recording the last 5 tracks until George, Pat and David felt safe enough to gather again in the studio in July. Alex Acuña delivered his drum parts virtually, but you’d swear they were all jamming together “like it was 2019”.
George and Pat were aiming for a late-night, smoky bourbon and ballad vibe for this record, and it delivers. The styles may vary, but the feel is solid and groovy.
George Kahn has released ten albums on the Playing Records label since beginning his recording career in 1999 with “Out Of Time”, an album that featured Billy Higgins on drums and Eric Marienthal on sax. He was an early-adopter of using the Internet for his music, being an original shareholder of MP3.com where his music received over 260,000 listens and downloads and was pre-loaded onto Compaq desktop computers. In 2018 George Kahn Trio “Straight Ahead” was released, and became one of the top 100 jazz albums of the year based on radio play (Jazzweek.com). Kahn’s music has been featured on many TV shows and advertisements, including “ER”, “The Young and the Restless” “Men Of A Certain Age” and “How William Shatner Changed the World”. For the last 15 years George has used his musical talents to raise money to end homelessness in Los Angeles, by hosting PATH Jazz Night, a fundraiser that, in just the last 3 years, has raised over $325,000 to build affordable housing for the formerly homeless in Los Angeles.
Recognized for his signature touch, harmonic dexterity, bluesy melodies and sense of rhythm, Pat Kelley has enjoyed 5 decades of success as a studio and touring musician, recording artist, composer and producer.
Drummer/percussionist Alex Acuña is probably best known for his work with Weather Report. He has worked with the “who’s who” of jazz (Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and others too numerous to mention).
Bassist David Hughes was born and raised in Sweden but is now based in Los Angeles, California. After studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Hughes left for LA and got his first important break when Wayne Henderson of the legendary Jazz Crusaders asked him to join the band. Other credits include Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge, Burt Bacharach, and David Benoit.