Bakersfield Community Concert Association

2015-2016 Concert Season

George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue - Monday, December 14, 2015 7:30 p.m.
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Celebrate pre-Christmas at Rabobank Theater with jazz and blues music performed by George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue. Join the Bakersfield Community Concert Association as we celebrate our 53rd Anniversary Season. Single concert tickets are $40. Adult season memberships (6 concerts) are $80.

George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue takes you on a journey through the history of Jazz and Blues music, from The Andrew Sisters to The Pointer Sisters.

Welcome to THE JAZZ & BLUES REVUE, with George Kahn (musical director) on piano and featuring the vocals of Courtney Lemmon, Gina Saputo and Crystal Starr. This band of All-Star Los Angeles players (with Chuck Manning on sax, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez on Trumpet, Lyman Medeiros on bass, and M. B. Gordy on drums) brings the history of jazz and blues to life in an exciting evening of music.

"I am thrilled to be working with these three "Divalicious" singers. For a long time I have felt that Jazz lost it's way when people stopped dancing to it. Back in the 40's, Jazz was America's pop music. Then musicians got too hip, the playing got too far out, and the music left the groin and moved to the cerebrum. Big mistake. THE JAZZ & BLUES REVUE covers a wide spectrum of jazz, from swing to standards to funk to afro-beat. The idea that holds it all together is that the groove comes first, last and always. The melody supports the groove. The solos stay in the groove. This music grooves - and we want the audience to groove with it, dancing in the aisles, if possible." -George Kahn


George Kahn

When a young musician's sources of inspiration are jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sample, Vince Guaraldi and Wynton Kelly, you'd figure that his own music would turn out to be pretty special...and in the case of jazz pianist and composer George Kahn, you'd be right. His music captures the feel of the West Coast Jazz scene of the 50's & 60's, but with a contemporary edge. George has incorporated many styles including bebop, smooth jazz, blues, Latin and New Orleans rhythms.

Having a Realist's sensibility, in 1989 George started working in the banking industry, and over the following 10 year built a very successful business as a mortgage broker in Santa Monica, CA. Reaching a level of business where he found that he was able to make a substantial income and still have the time to pursue his passion, he reentered the music industry as a second career.

In 1999, George formed Sudhana Music Publishing and his independent record label, Playing Records, as an avenue to share his music. He was an early-adopter of using the internet for his music, being an original shareholder of where his music received over 260,000 listens and downloads.

He has since released seven self-produced CDs -- Conscious Dreams (a jazz/new age configuration), Out of Time (a jazz recording featuring the late Billy Higgins on drums), Freedom Vessel (featuring Grammy Award nominee Bobby Rodriguez on trumpet and Eric Marienthal on saxes), Midnight Brew, "...Compared To What?" and Cover UP! (featuring Grammy Award nominee Brian Bromberg on bass, Justo Almario on sax and Alex Acuna on drums). His latest album, SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO was released in 2010 and is a 2-CD set featuring 7 new tracks plus a retrospective of George's original compositions.

Kahn's music has also been featured on many TV shows and advertisements, including Lexus, "ER", "The Young and the Restless" and "How William Shatner Changed the World". In 2008 George Kahn won the 2008 Chuck Niles bebop Award at the Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival. Most recently George was part of the Catalina Jazz Club 25th Anniversary concert in October 2011, alongside The Yellow Jackets, Lee Ritenour, Brian Bromberg John Beasley, and many others. In December 2012 George also received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles for his dedication to helping end homelessness in Los Angeles.

Crystal Starr

Crystal Starr Knighton takes a moment out of her busy career singing on Broadway and in musicals in Los Angeles to join The Jazz & Blues Revue. Crystal Starr began singing around her hometown of West Covina, CA in church. She landed her first professional gig at age sixteen singing background for pop sensation Jessica Simpson. Crystal recently returned from starring in the Broadway musical "Baby it's You," where she performed nightly for industry veterans such as Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, and Rod Stewart. She has worked as a back-up singer for a "who's who" of Los Angeles talent, including Joss Stone, Smokey Robinson, John Legend and Ariana Grande. When not performing with Jazz & Blues Revue, Crystal has her own group, "Crystal and The Bowties".

Courtney Lemmon

You can listen to Courtney at

Courtney Lemmon ... when she sings, angels pause.

A native of Santa Monica, California, Courtney Lemmon has been active musically since beginning her education in Santa Monica, CA. She had her solo Jazz debut at age 15 with Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton. Her appreciation of a wide pallet of musical styles lead her to the Jazz and Contemporary Program at Manhattan's prestigious New School University, from which she graduated with a BA in vocal performance, studying with the incredible pianist Junior Mance.

Now back in Santa Monica, she recently recorded her debut CD "Stay With Me" teaming her with Grammy winner Mike Acosta as a co-writer, Producer and Saxophonist. The title cut "Stay With Me" garnered Courtney an Honorable Mention in the 2006 John Lennon Song Writing Competition.

Courtney's Santa Monica roots also extend back to Santa Monica College where she was introduced to George Kahn. She has been with George since before the beginning of Jazz & Blues Revue. She appears on Kahn's 2006 release "Compared To What?" as well as on his 2008 "Cover Up!" CD. In addition to being a vocal teacher at various schools, Courtney continues to perform as a soloist in and around the Los Angeles area.

Gina Saputo

Hear Gina sing on her website

"Gina Saputo ... is considered to be a rising star by many jazz enthusiasts." - Carl Woideck, KLCC 89.7 NPR

Gina Saputo is a vocalist, entertainer, clinician and arranger who has already established herself as one of the hippest rising headliners on the scene.

A native of Eugene, Oregon, Gina began training at the age of 8, singing with the Oregon Children's Choir. By the age of 16 she was putting together her own groups and singing in jazz clubs, often waiting outside during breaks because she was underage.

From there, Gina attended USC's prestigious Thornton School of Music, and was awarded the Barry Manilow Scholarship for all four years of her education. Gina studied at Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Aspen, Colorado under Christian McBride. She was interviewed by Dee Dee Bridgewater for her show JazzSet on National Public Radio.

Gina was among seven musicians chosen by Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, and Wayne Shorter to study at the Thelonius Monk Institute. During her time with the institute, she performed for the State Department in Washington, D.C., and toured Viet Nam with Herbie Hancock and Nnenna Freelon.

In addition to a busy performance schedule in and around Los Angeles, Gina is now a voice teacher at the Musician's Institute.


Welcome back to the Rabobank Theater   George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue for a delightful Monday evening of  jazz and blues for the Christmas season.


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