Steve Kahn & Rob Mounsey – You Are Here
Steve Kahn & Rob Mounsey
You Are Here
Steve Khan began his musical endeavors as a self-taught drummer. While in his teens, he acknowledged that his real passion and ability was with the guitar. At the age of 19, he decided to switch instruments. Not wanting to make the same mistake he did with the drums, he focused seriously on music during his college years and in addition, took private lessons from Ron Anthony. By the time Steve graduated from UCLA in 1969, he felt ready to make the move to New York.
In 1974, Steve became a key member of the Breaker Bros. Band which featured Michael and Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, Mike Mainieri, and many others. He recorded three albums with this band that were later to be the inspiration for a CD compilation entitled The Collection, released by Sony Music/Columbia. In 1980, Steve went on to record a solo acoustic guitar album, Evidence, which served to establish him as one of the great interpreters of the music of Thelonious Monk. Between 1981 and 1985, he worked and recorded steadily with his quartet, Eyewitness. Since that time, Steve has completed recordings featuring Ron Carter and Al Foster and recently, has lent his talents to several special projects. Among them are; Come Together, a guitar tribute to the Beatles, Jazz to the World, for which he and the Brecker Bros. put together a salsa-styled interpretation of a Christmas waltz originally written by Steve’s father, the legendary Sammy Cahn, and finally, a team effort with a group of New York’s top Latin musicians for Wouldn’t It Be Nice, a tribute to Brian Wilson.
Throughout his career, Steve has worked with artists such as Miles Davis, Steely Dan, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Eddie Palmieri, and others, and has produced recordings for fellow guitarists Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Bireli Lagrene, and Bill Connors, as well as pianist, Eliane Elias. He has also found time to publish four books, Wes Montgomery Guitar Folio, Pat Martino – The Early Years, Guitar Workshop Series – Steve Khan, and, most recently, Contemporary Chord Khancepts. While continuing to perform in clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan, Steve has also become one of the most in-demand music clinicians and teachers.
· Rob Mounsey grew up in Seattle, Washington and became an award-winning composer of symphonic music at an early age. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and moved to New York in 1976 to work in the recording industry. He is a noted composer, arranger, musician, and producer who has worked with a variety of artists including; Steely Dan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Donald Fagen, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Sinead O’~.nnnor Gloria Estefan. Biliv Joel. and many others.