Steve Kuhn was born on March 24, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York and is still alive creating great music. He is, in my opinion, one of the great American contemporary jazz pianist in the same vein as Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock, and his compositions are equally magical. He began studying piano at the age of five and studied under Boston piano teacher Margaret Chaloff, mother of jazz baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff, who taught him the “Russian style” of piano playing. At an early age he began improvising classical music.
As a teenager he appeared in jazz clubs in the Boston area, playing with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Vic Dickerson, and Chet Baker. He graduated from Harvard University and attended the Lenox School of Music where he was associated with such other future jazz masters as Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Gary McFarland, with a supportive faculty that included George Russell, Gunther Schuller, the Modern Jazz Quartet members and Bill Evans.
This allowed Kuhn to play, study, and create with some of the most forward-thinking innovators of jazz improvisation and composition, culminating with his joining trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s group for an extended time and briefly with John Coltrane’s quartet at New York’s Jazz Gallery club.
The Meaning of Love
I Loves You Porgy
Time To Go
Stella By Starlight
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