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In a special issue of Japan's “JAZZ LIFE” magazine, they selected the 22 All-Time Greatest Jazz Guitarists. Of course, legends like Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, and Jim Hall were included alongside more recent giants George Benson, Pat Martino, Larry Coryell, and John McLaughlin. But right there amongst contemporaries John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Mike Stern and Bill Frisell was Steve Khan! Testament to a large body of work which now spans more than 30 years. Hard to believe this dream began at a rather late age with Wes Montgomery held as the model to which to aspire. Steve admits that, when he was a teenager, “I was a terrible drummer with no musical training. I had developed a love for the guitar, and when I was 19 I switched instruments. I decided that I would not make the same mistakes I had made with the drums and studied hard in college along with private lessons from Ron Anthony.” During these years, Khan always found himself in fast company and, from such situations he learned, developed and survived. By the time he graduated from U.C.L.A., in 1969, he felt ready to make the move to New York City.

From this point forward, so much of Steve's career is well documented. In 1974, he performed in one of the first contemporary jazz guitar duos with Larry Coryell. During this same period, he became a key member of the Brecker Bros. Band. His first recordings as a leader were a trio of well-received albums for Columbia Records titled: “TIGHTROPE“('77), “THE BLUE MAN“('78), and, “ARROWS“('79). These recordings featured Michael and Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, Steve Gadd, Mike Mainieri and others. In 1994, Sony Music/Columbia released a CD compilation drawn from these three LPs titled, “THE COLLECTION.”

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Album Patchwork by Steve Khan

Patchwork

Tone Center
2019

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Album Public Access / Headline / Crossings by Steve Khan

Public Access /...

BGO Records
2018

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Album Eyewitness Trilogy by Steve Khan

Eyewitness Trilogy

BGO Records
2016

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Album Backlog by Steve Khan

Backlog

ESC Records
2016

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Album Subtext by Steve Khan

Subtext

Tone Center
2014

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Album Parting Shot by Steve Khan

Parting Shot

Tone Center
2011

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