Liner Notes from “Pepper Adams: “Complete Compositions Vol. 2, Jeremy Kahn Trio” (2006)

By jeremy | December 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Pepper’s Take Of all the horns that are associated with jazz, none occupies a more perplexing place than the baritone saxophone. It is essential to the success of a large ensemble: A big band without a great sax section is doomed to mediocrity, and a sax section without a great bari player can not be […]

The Nutty Backstory

By jeremy | July 16, 2011 | 3 Comments

I’ve gotten a lot of very amused (and amusing) responses from the very short video attached here. Let me take a minute to put it into context (Kahn text?): I spent a summer playing in the band for a production of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. I bet […]

Bandstand Shenanigans

By jeremy | June 3, 2011 | 3 Comments

Hi there. My last post was one in which I lamented my dead dog. I hope that this one will be even funnier. Yiddish is an extremely colorful language that was spoken by my ancestors, and many of its words and phrases have made their way into other tongues. For example, two of my favorites […]

A doggy-dog world

By jeremy | April 6, 2011 | 7 Comments

We’ve just buried our dog Mari and now I come to praise her. Despite my advanced age, she was my first real pet. I’ll qualify that last statement: my family had a dog when I was a baby. His name was Spotty, and I’m told that we had him for about a week. When Spotty […]

The Merry Pit Ho

By jeremy | February 2, 2011 | 12 Comments

And hello again. I’d like to wax prosaic on another aspect of my life as a musician: that of being employed in the orchestra pits of theatrical extravaganzas. Believe me when I say that being a pit musician was not high on my list of goals when I set out to be an Artiste.  Being […]

So You’re Auditioning For a Musical

By jeremy | November 24, 2010 | 24 Comments

A significant portion of my storied career has been devoted to the service of providing piano accompaniment to singers who are auditioning for a part in a musical production. Repeated exposure to these situations has led me to mentally index a series of “Dos” and “Don’ts”. The following is my helpful attempt to articulate these […]

O Jaki

By jeremy | November 9, 2010 | 4 Comments

My piano teacher in college was Jaki Byard, and he was a huge influence on me. I’ve covered this subject in detail on my website ( When he was shot to death by a knucklehead who had come his door (yet another story) in 1999, I had only been in touch with him once in […]

Happiness is/was

By jeremy | October 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

My son surprised me recently when he casually mentioned that he listened to Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” almost every day. I never really thought of it as a “desert island” recording, but, if you think about, that record, in its own sneaky way, introduced a lot of people to the sound of a […]

Brush with greatness

By jeremy | September 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

How many times can you have the chance to play with one of the all-time greats? For me, not that many. But, in 1984, I had the privilege of playing in Singapore with Pepper Adams, arguably the greatest bari sax player in jazz history, or (inarguably) certainly one of the top three, along with Harry […]


By jeremy | September 14, 2010 | 9 Comments

When I was a kid, I thought there couldn’t possibly be another Jeremy Kahn. First of all, Jeremy was a pretty rare name for my generation. It got very popular for babies when I was a teenager. Secondly, I suppose every kid’s ego dictates that he or she is unique. Anyway, imagine my surprise when […]