Ashley Kahn

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Ashley Kahn is a Grammy-winning American music historian, journalist, and producer. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching various courses for the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and at 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

In 2014, Kahn co-authored the autobiography of Carlos Santana, titled The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story To Light. To date, his most critically acclaimed books have been on two major jazz albums, Kind of Blue[1] by Miles Davis and A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. He pens articles, interviews and other features on music, and is a prolific liner note writer for a variety of music labels, and for which he has earned three ASCAP/Deems Taylor awards, and three Grammy nominations.[2][3] In 2015, he was awarded a Grammy for his album notes to the John Coltrane release Offering: Live At Temple University.[4][5] His contributions as a journalist have appeared in the New York Times, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Rolling Stone in the USA, Mojo and New Statesman in the UK, GQ in Japan, among others.

Kahn has played a variety of roles in the musical realm, including deejay, video producer, freelance writer, road manager, concert producer, and television music editor (for VH1).

As a road manager, he has toured with jazz musicians Henry Threadgill, Cassandra Wilson, Greg Osby, and, under the direction of George Wein's office, with The George Shearing Quintet; as well as with African artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, and Lucky Dube; with rock artists Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel; and such pop stars as Britney Spears.



  1. ^ Christopher Porter (December 2000). "Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece". JazzTimes. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Complete List Of 2004 Grammy Nominations: 86.: Album Notes". 4 December 2003. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Complete List of 2011 Grammy Nominations - 89.: Album Notes". 2 December 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Grammys 2015". Los Angeles Times. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees: Best Album Notes". The Recording Academy. 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 

Reviews and mentions

New York Times, 2006

The Guardian, 2006

Entertainment Weekly, 2006

The Independent, 2002

Stereophile, 2002

Village Voice, 2002

Time, 2000

Detroit MetroTimes, 2000

JazzTimes, 2000

Various Awards

Grammy 2015

Grammy nomination 2004

Ascap Deems Taylor 2003

Ascap/Deems Taylor 2004

Ascap Deems Taylor 2010

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