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by Richard Kahn

A virtuosic pianist of rare artistic integrity, Richard Kahn serves up 25 timeless standards from the last century, complete with fresh jazz harmonies, lyrical melodies, rock solid rhythms and inspirational improvisations.
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1. As Time Goes By
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2. Bluesette
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3. It Might As Well Be Spring
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4. The Nearness of You
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5. Emily
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6. Here's That Rainy Day
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7. The Way You Look Tonight
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8. Hymn to Freedom
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9. In A Sentimental Mood
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10. Lucky Southern
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11. Lush Life
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12. The Girl From Ipanema
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13. On the Street Where You Live
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14. Someone to Watch Over Me
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15. Spanish Eyes
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16. Stella By Starlight
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17. They Can't Take That Away From Me
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18. I Love You
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19. Someday My Prince Will Come
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20. Stormy Weather
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21. Moon River
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22. My Romance
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23. Summer Samba
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24. That's All
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25. You Forgot Your Change
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About Richard Kahn.
For over twenty-five years, Los Angeles-based pianist, arranger and composer Richard Kahn has performed his unique arrangements of jazz, Latin jazz and popular music. As a solo pianist, he has been booked in virtually every live public venue in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. He has performed for the Emperor of Japan, the Sultan of Brunei, the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of the Philippines, the Prime Minister of Romania, and countless officials of the United States government. He has entertained at the homes and affairs of hundreds of film and television industry figures, as well as significant contributors in the worlds of art, music, theater, dance and sports. As a soloist and with his acclaimed pop/jazz trio, he has been a popular fixture at the Four Seasons, Regent-Beverly Wilshire, Peninsula and Ritz-Carlton hotels, as well as the Los Angeles, Brentwood and Annandale Country Clubs.

Jazz and Commercial Music Educator.
Richard Kahn joined the Music faculty at the Los Angeles Valley College in Fall 2000, and is a tenured Associate Professor of Music. Prior to that, he served on the faculty of the California State University at Los Angeles from 1992 to 2000. While at CSULA, he collaborated with faculty from Art, Theater and Dance to create a text for the interdisciplinary course “The Creative Experience.”

At LAVC, Richard Kahn is an Apple Award winner and has been nominated for a district-wide award for Excellence in Workforce Development, in the category of Innovative Integration of Academic and Technical Skills. His recent text Fundamentals of Music, a Modern Approach offers streamlined training in traditional, commercial and jazz basics. Primarily designed as a renewable workbook for college-level courses in music, it seamlessly bridges the gap between traditional classical pedagogy with the language and techniques of modern popular music.

Richard Kahn is a seasoned pianist, songwriter, music technologist and music producer. He actively markets both physical and downloadable products through cdbaby, iTunes, and his online store “The Bandwich” and is an Amazon Affiliate Seller. His website “richardkahnmusic” contains recordings of original music in an array of styles, his biography, a blog, photos of concerts, textbooks and links to the LAVC Music Department website.

CD reviews by noted jazz and popular music critic, Scott Yanow.

Artist: Pianist and arranger Richard Kahn
CD: “Richard Kahn at the Piano”
CD: “Jazz 88ist”

Richard Kahn, an Associate Professor of Music at Los Angeles Valley College, teaches a variety of music classes including jazz harmony, arranging, and improvisation. He is also an excellent jazz pianist, as shown on these two recently released solo CDs.

“Richard Kahn at the Piano” has Kahn presenting and exploring 19 songs that mostly date from the late 60's through the 1980s. While it is true that few jazz standards came from that period, he brings back a wide assortment of familiar melodies, including many that have not been revived very often. The set includes such tunes as “Theme From Cheers,” “Just The Way You Are,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Feel Like Making Love,” “She's Always A Woman To Me” and “One Tin Soldier.” The songs are presented with respect and an emphasis on their melodies yet each is given a swinging feel. Although I wish that more extensive improvising took place on some of the tunes, the results are pleasing, upbeat and a tribute to the era's songwriters.

“Jazz 88ist” features Richard Kahn creating concise versions of 24 older songs, mostly melodic jazz standards. Only one of these performances is over four minutes long and all of the recordings are first takes. Some are brief sketches (five are under two minutes) but all pay tribute to the rich melodies while adding swing and soulful improvising.

As in the days of 78s when recordings were limited to three minutes, Richard Kahn makes the most of each second. Among the highlights are the Latin feel that he gives to “It Might As Well Be Spring,” a heartfelt “The Nearness Of You,” a revival of Oscar Peterson's “Hymn To Freedom” (during which he even sounds a little like Peterson), and a catchy rendition of Keith Jarrett's “Lucky Southern.”

The feeling that the pianist wished to convey throughout this CD is of a relaxed late-night club gig or of a social gathering where friends and family request songs that are played by an adaptable pianist. At this, and at creating fresh and accessible versions of standards, Richard Kahn succeeds admirably. Both sets (jazz fans will most enjoy “Jazz 88ist”) are highly recommended and immediately available from and

Reviewed March 10, 2009 by Scott Yanow
Author of ten books, including:
Jazz On Record, 1917-76
Trumpet Kings
The Jazz Singers
Jazz On Film



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