Ashley Kahn

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Ashley Kahn is an American music historian, journalist, and producer. Kahn graduated from Columbia University in 1983.[1]

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[2] 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,[3][4][5] and three Grammy nominations.[6][7] In 2015, he was awarded a Grammy for his album notes to the John Coltrane release Offering: Live at Temple University.[8][9]


  • Rolling Stone: The Seventies, with Rolling Stone, Holly George-Warren, Shawn Dahl, 1998 for the first edition, Little Brown & Co, USA, ISBN 0-316-75914-7
  • The Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide with John Swenson, 1999 for the first edition, Random House, ISBN 0-679-76873-4
  • Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, foreword by Jimmy Cobb, 2001, Da Capo Press, USA, ISBN 0-306-81067-0
  • A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album, foreword by Elvin Jones, 2002 for the first edition, Viking Penguin, USA, ISBN 0-670-03136-4
  • The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. (2006) W. W. Norton, ISBN 0-393-05879-4
  • The Color of Jazz: Album Cover Photographs by Pete Turner. (2006) Rizzoli International, ISBN 0-8478-5798-0
  • The Blue Note Years: The Photographs of Francis Wolff & Jimmy Katz. (2009) Jazzprezzo, ISBN 3-9810250-8-3
  • The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story To Light — Carlos Santana's autobiography (2014) Little, Brown, ISBN 0316244929


  1. ^ Heatwole, Anne-Ryan (Spring 2016). "Ashley Kahn '83 Brings Music to Life". Columbia College Today. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  2. ^ Christopher Porter (December 2000). "Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece". JazzTimes. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Ascap Deems Taylor 2003 Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Ascap/Deems Taylor 2004 Archived August 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Ascap Deems Taylor 2010
  6. ^ "Complete List Of 2004 Grammy Nominations: 86.: Album Notes". December 4, 2003. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Complete List of 2011 Grammy Nominations - 89.: Album Notes". December 2, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "Grammys 2015". Los Angeles Times. February 8, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees: Best Album Notes". The Recording Academy. 2004. Retrieved September 28, 2015.

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