Steve Khan

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Steve Khan
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Background information
Birth name Steve Cahn
Born (1947-04-28) April 28, 1947 (age 71)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1969–present
Labels Columbia, Novus, Antilles, Denon, GRP, Mesa/Bluemoon, Verve, Evidence, Tone Center
Associated acts Eyewitness, Brecker Brothers, Joe Zawinul/Weather Update, Caribbean Jazz Project
Website stevekhan.com

Steve Khan (born April 28, 1947) is an American jazz guitarist. He is known for his work with artists such as Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Michael Franks, Hubert Laws, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, James Brown, Maynard Ferguson, and Weather Report.

Career[edit]

A native of Los Angeles, California, and the son of lyricist Sammy Cahn, Steve Khan took up the guitar when he was 20, having previously played piano and drums. He graduated from UCLA and moved to New York City, where he worked as a studio musician in pop, rock, jazz, and rhythm and blues, with such acts as Steely Dan, Maynard Ferguson, and Lou Rawls.[1] He recorded a duet album with guitarist Larry Coryell and was a member of the Brecker Brothers band.[2]

In 1977, he toured with the CBS Jazz All Stars in Japan, and led a band called Eyewitness[1] that featured musicians such as Steve Jordan, Anthony Jackson and Manolo Badrena. From the 1980s through to the present, he has become the foremost proponent of the guitar in Latin Jazz. With the releases of Parting Shot (2011), Subtext (2014), and Backlog (2016), he created what the role of the guitar could be in Latin jazz.[citation needed]

He is Jewish.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Grammy Award nomination, Local Color (1987)
  • Grammy Award nomination, Borrowed Time (2007)
  • Named to list of "22 All-Time Greatest Jazz Guitarists", Jazz Life magazine (1998)[2]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Two for the Road (Arista, 1976) with Larry Coryell
  • Tightrope (Columbia, 1977)
  • The Blue Man (Columbia, 1978)
  • Arrows (Columbia, 1979),
  • Evidence (Novus, 1980)
  • Eyewitness (Antilles, 1981)
  • Modern Times also released as Blades (Passport, 1982)
  • Casa Loco (Antilles, 1984)
  • Helping Hand (Polydor, 1987)
  • Local Color (Denon, 1987) with Rob Mounsey
  • Public Access (GRP, 1989)
  • Let's Call This (Polydor/Mesa/Bluemoon, 1991) with Ron Carter, Al Foster
  • Headline (Polydor/Mesa/Bluemoon, 1992)
  • Crossings (Verve/Polygram, 1994)
  • The Collection (Columbia, 1994)
  • Got My Mental (Evidence, 1997) with John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette
  • You Are Here (Siam, 1998) with Rob Mounsey
  • The Green Field, (Tone Center, 2006) with John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette
  • Borrowed Time, (Tone Center, 2007)
  • The Suitcase:Live in Koln '94, (Tone Center, 2007) with Dennis Chambers, Anthony Jackson
  • Parting Shot, (Tone Center, 2011)
  • Subtext, (Tone Center, 2014)
  • Tightrope-The Blue Man-Arrows, (BGO, 2015)
  • Eyewitness-Modern Times-Casa Loco, (BGO, 2016)
  • Backlog (Tone Center, 2017)
  • Public Access-Headline-Crossings (BGO, 2018)[4]

As sideman[edit]

With Ashford & Simpson

  • 1977 Send It
  • 1977 So So Satisfied
  • 1979 Stay Free

With Patti Austin

With Joe Beck

  • 1975 Beck & Sanborn
  • 1975 Beck (Kudu)

With Walter Bishop Jr.

With Brecker Brothers

With Caribbean Jazz Project

  • 2000 New Horizons
  • 2001 Paraiso

With Billy Cobham

  • 1977 Inner Conflicts
  • 1978 Alivemutherforya
  • 1978 Simplicity of Expression

With Larry Coryell

With Aretha Franklin

  • 1985 Who's Zoomin' Who?
  • 1989 Through the Storm

With Michael Franks

  • 1982 Objects of Desire
  • 1985 Skin Dive
  • 1987 The Camera Never Lies
  • 1993 Dragonfly Summer
  • 1999 Barefoot on the Beach

With Bob James

  • 1977 Heads
  • 1979 Lucky Seven
  • 1981 Sign of the Times
  • 1981 All Around the Town
  • 1983 The Genie: Themes & Variations from the TV Series "Taxi"
  • 1983 Foxie
  • 1984 12
  • 1987 Obsession
  • 1995 The Swan

With Billy Joel

With Esther Phillips

  • 1975 Esther Phillips and Joe Beck
  • 1975 What a Diff'rence a Day Makes
  • 1976 Capricorn Princess
  • 1976 For All We Know

With Lou Rawls

  • 1989 At Last
  • 1990 It's Supposed to Be Fun

With Dave Samuels

  • 1989 Ten Degrees North
  • 1998 Tjader-ized: A Cal Tjader Tribute

With Diane Schuur

  • 1985 Deedles
  • 1988 Talkin' 'Bout You

With Ben Sidran

  • 1978 Live at Montreaux
  • 1984 Bop City
  • 1994 Life's a Lesson

With Phoebe Snow

  • 1977 Never Letting Go
  • 1978 Against the Grain

With Steps Ahead

  • 1989 N.Y.C.
  • 1992 Yin-Yang

With Steely Dan

With others

Books[edit]

  • Pentatonic Khancepts (Alfred Music, 2002)
  • Contemporary Chord Khancepts (Alfred Music, 1996)
  • Wes Montgomery Guitar Folio (Jamey Aebersold, 1973)
  • Pat Martino: The Early Years (Alfred Music, 1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Steve Khan | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Steve Khan Biography". Steve Khan. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.stevekhan.com/gotademarsoloa.htm
  4. ^ "Steve Khan | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Steve Khan | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 

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