When a young musician’s sources of inspiration are jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sample, Vince Guaraldi and Wynton Kelly, you’d figure that his own music would turn out to be pretty special — and in the case of jazz pianist and composer George Kahn, you’d be right. His music captures the feel of the West Coast Jazz scene of the '50s and '60s, but with a contemporary edge.
Kahn is a Los Angeles-based jazz pianist and has released nine self-produced CDs. His 2010 release — Secrets From the Jazz Ghetto — is a 2-CD set featuring seven new tracks and a retrospective of George’s original compositions. The newest release, George Kahn Trio - Straight Ahead, features George in a trio setting with Alex Acuña and Lyman Medeiros.
Straight Ahead is just what it sounds like: the songs are melodic and catchy, the feel is contemporary yet classic. Building on Kahn’s strong catalog of Jazz releases, this album will always be a good companion, wherever you are, whenever you listen.
Joining George on this visit to Berkeley is Lyman Medeiros, a young gun on the Los Angeles jazz scene, who has recently toured with Steve Tyrell and Dianne Schuur. Gary Zellerbach on guitar and Chris Gamper on drums round out the quartet.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $10 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!