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 69)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Labels Columbia, Novus, Tone Center, Shrapnel
Associated acts James Brown, Billy Cobham, Maynard Ferguson, Bob James, Billy Joel, Hubert Laws, Steely Dan, Weather Report

Steve Khan (born April 28, 1947) is an American jazz guitarist.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Khan 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. In 1977, he toured with the CBS Jazz All Stars in Japan, and led a band called Eyewitness that featured musicians such as Steve Jordan, Anthony Jackson and Manolo Badrena. Khan is the author of five books on jazz music: Pentatonic Khancepts, Contemporary Chord Khancepts, The Wes Montgomery Guitar Folio, Pat Martino - The Early Years, and Guitar Workshop Series. His album Borrowed Time (TIEMPO PRESTADO) was a nominee for the 2007 50th Grammy Awards in the Best Latin Jazz Album (vocal or instrumental) category.

During the 1980s and 90s he was a member of the group Elements.

In 1998, Japan's Jazz Life magazine named Khan among the "22 All-Time Greatest Jazz Guitarists."[1]

He is the son of lyricist Sammy Cahn.


  • Tightrope (Steve Khan album) (1977), Columbia
  • The Blue Man (1978), Columbia
  • Arrows (1979), Columbia
  • Evidence (1980), Arista/Novus – solo acoustic guitar
  • Eyewitness (1981), Trio – with Steve Jordan, Anthony Jackson and Manolo Badrena
  • Blades / Modern Times (1982), Live in Japan with Steve Jordan, Anthony Jackson and Manolo Badrena
  • Casa Loco (1983), Antilles/Polydor – with Steve Jordan, Anthony Jackson and Manolo Badrena
  • Helping Hand (1987), Polydor – with Steve Jordan, Anthony Jackson, Manolo Badrena, Bill Evans (saxophonist), Clifford Carter, Neil Jason, Christopher Parker & Cafe
  • Public Access (1989), GRP – with Dave Weckl, Anthony Jackson and Manolo Badrena
  • Let's Call This (1991), Bluemoon – trio album with Ron Carter and Al Foster
  • Headline (1992), Bluemoon – with Ron Carter and Al Foster; and Dennis Chambers, Anthony Jackson and Manolo Badrena
  • Crossings (1994), Verve/Forecast – with Dennis Chambers, Anthony Jackson, Manolo Badrena and Michael Brecker
  • Got My Mental (1996), Evidence – with John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Don Alias, Bobby Allende, Marc Quiñones and Cafe
  • The Green Field, (2005), Tone Center – with John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Manolo Badrena, Ralph Irizarry, Roberto Quintero
  • Borrowed Time, (2007), Tone Center
  • The Suitcase, (2007), ESC – Live 1994 Germany with Dennis Chambers, Anthony Jackson
  • Parting Shot, (2011), Tone Center (USA); 55 Records (Japan); and ESC (Germany/Europe) – with Anthony Jackson, Dennis Chambers, Manolo Badrena, Marc Quiñones, Bobby Allende, Rob Mounsey, Andrés Beeuwsaert (Aca Seca Trio), and Brazilian vocalist, Tatiana Parra
  • Subtext, (2014), Tone Center – with Dennis Chambers, Ruben Rodriguez, Marc Quinones, Bobby Allende, Rob Mounsey. With Guests: Randy Brecker (track 1), Gil Goldstein (track 7), Mariana Ingold (track 7)

As sideman[edit]

With Billy Cobham

  • Alivemutherforya (1978), Columbia
  • Inner Conflicts (1978), Columbia (as "Steve Kahn")

With Patti Austin

With George Benson

With Rory Block

With Caribbean Jazz Project

  • New Horizons (2000), Concord Picante
  • Paraiso (2001), Concord Picante

with others:


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