JEREMY KAHN TRIO
With guest vocalist
Nat "King" Cole Birthday Tribute
"New York's loss has been Chicago's gain in the case of Jeremy Kahn."
-- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Leslie Beukelman - vocals
Jeremy Kahn - piano
Dennis Carroll - bass
Jon Deitemyer - drums
Jeremy Kahn is one of Chicago's busiest pianists, spending time in jazz clubs and orchestra pits, as well as in teaching and recording studios. He has played in all of the most visible local jazz venues, and was the house pianist at Streeterville's legendary Gold Star Sardine Bar for its final three years. Jeremy has performed internationally, most recently (5/16) in Posnan, Poland, as part of the "Made In Chicago" Jazz Festival. He has been the featured guest on the radio shows on Marian McPartland and Studs Terkel.
Jeremy has also played for many theatrical productions, Including "Wicked", "Spamalot" and "The Lion King". He served as the Musical Director for "Louis & Keel Live At The Sahara" at the Royal George Theater, as well as at the Geffen Playhouse and Laguna Playhouse in California. He also is a Visiting Lecturer at Northwestern University, teaching Jazz Piano and Jazz Improvisation.
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I began my performing career on the cement slab in front of my childhood home in Sandwich, Illinois. Or perhaps it was while my mom was 8 months pregnant playing the drums in DeKalb County’s own Opus V… Either way, music has been a part of my life since, well, forever.
Performing in my youth was a priority, mostly because I enjoyed being on stage with a crew of people, taking the audience (and ourselves) on a journey that would only happen that very way on that very day. We were a team and we were in it together. Going to school at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts here in the city of Chicago, I earned a jazz performance/jazz studies degree. In addition to meeting a lot of cool people and studying with some of the best musicians the world has to offer, I gained tools to refine my craft and figure out what kind of musical house I wanted to build. I haven’t settled on one type of house yet, as I enjoy many styles of music. Staying true to my initial statement of “taking the audience on a journey,” I do not limit myself to one genre of song and I enjoy exploring music with the incredible musicians I have met through the years and have the true honor of collaborating. I’ve been described as an “edgy and adventurous jazz and rock singer” (Neil Tesser, the Examiner) and an “Exquisite vocalist… (who has) mastered genres as vast as soul, melodic jazz, scat, rock and atonal experimentation…”(Lucia Mauro, Chicago Tribune). I’ll take it.
I perform all over the city in a variety of bands. In one week, I may be up on stage in the lights, getting my indie-rock/grunge vibe on with miss remember… or perhaps I’ll be singing the swingin’ hits from yesteryear with an 18 piece big band called the Chicago Skyliners Big Band… you may stumble into a bar and find me belting out my own songs from my heart and soul with my singer/songwriter 4-piece rock band, Brite Lite… or, as you order a fine cocktail, I may be sitting alongside two other beautiful women in the corner of a dark bar, painted in red lights, singing in three-part harmony (me, playing a trumpet or melodica here and there, the other two adorning a ukelele and a guitar), doing our versions of current popular songs, in addition to our original songs (we are The Oh Yeahs)… or if you’re a party-goer, you’ll find me in one of the many gorgeous historical ballrooms in Chicago singing for some teary eyed couple who has just tied the knot and are celebrating the start of their lives together.
You can listen to my musical offerings under the “music” portion of this site; also, find the aforementioned bands’ (among others) music and information on the Projects/Link page. More importantly, find out where, when, and with whom I am performing on the Performances page.