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
Years active 1969–present
Labels Columbia, Novus, Antilles, GRP, Tone Center
Associated acts Eyewitness, Elements

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.

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

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]


  • Two for the Road (Wounded Bird, 1976) with Larry Coryell
  • Tightrope (Columbia, 1977)
  • The Blue Man (Columbia, 1978),
  • Arrows (Columbia, 1979),
  • Evidence (Novus, 1980)
  • Eyewitness (Antilles, 1981)
  • Blades (Passport, 1982)
  • Casa Loco (Antilles, 1983)
  • Local Color (Denon, 1987) with Rob Mounsey
  • Public Access (GRP, 1989)
  • Let's Call This (Blue Moon, 1991) with Ron Carter, Al Foster
  • Headline (Mesa/Blue Moon, 1992)
  • Crossings (Verve/Polygram, 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)
  • Modern Times (Universal/Verve, 2014)[3]

As sideman[edit]

With Billy Cobham

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

With Patti Austin

With George Benson

With Rory Block

With Caribbean Jazz Project

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

With others


  • Pentatonic Khancepts
  • Contemporary Chord Khancepts
  • Wes Montgomery Guitar Folio
  • Pat Martino: The Early Years


  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. ^ "Steve Khan | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 

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