November 30, 2004. - Consulate General of Hungary - New York

Piano and Jazz Recital

David Finck, Bass and Lewis Nash, Drums

Photos: Krisztina Vagreti

Steve Kuhn jazz pianist was greeted by Dr. Gábor Horváth
Ambassador, Consul General - New York

Jazz pianist and composer Steve Kuhn’s grandparents immigrated to the US from Hungary in 1909, and this family tradition has been omnipresent in his career. In 2004, Kuhn recorded Promises Kept, a tribute to his parents, which includes a string orchestra for EXM Records. He is most proud of this recording.
Steve Kuhn was born in Brooklyn, and became fascinated with jazz very early in his life. He began classical piano lessons at age five and soon began to "improvise and syncopate the classical repertoire".
When he was 13, Serge Chaloff, baritone saxophonist for Woody Herman, hired the 13 year-old pianist to play in his group. Throughout his teens Kuhn continued to play in Boston jazz clubs with visiting celebrities; Coleman Hawkins, Chet Baker and Vic Dickenson.
After graduation from Harvard College, Kuhn attended the Lenox School of Music where he played in a group with fellow-students Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. The faculty included Bill Evans, George Russell, and Gunther Schuller. Here he also met trumpeter Kenny Dorham and began a two-year stint, interrupted when Kuhn was asked to join John Coltrane’s newly formed quartet.
Kuhn next joined Stan Getz’s band, which included bassist Scott LaFaro. After a year with Art Farmer, he formed the first Steve Kuhn Trio, with drummer Peter LaRoca and bassist Steve Swallow. At the end of the 1960’s he spent four years living in Europe, where his performances had a significant impact upon local players. Upon returning to the United States, Kuhn began his long-term affiliation with ECM, resulting in a string of important albums including Trance, Ecstasy, Non-Fiction and the collaborations with Sheila Jordan; Playground and Last Year’s Waltz.
In the mid-80’s, Kuhn co-founded the popular ‘All Star Trio’, with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster, and launched a new and still evolving edition of his trio with bassist David Finck. Drummers for the latter have included Joey Baron (as on the ECM recording Remembering Tomorrow), Lewis Nash, Billy Drummond, Kenny Washington and Bill Stewart. In the 90’s and up to the present time, he has recorded CDs for Venus, Reservoir and Sunnyside.
Kuhn continues to tour widely throughout the world, with a strong following in Europe and especially Japan where his CDs frequently appear on the jazz charts. He made 28 recordings on CD.

Source: Conculate General of Hungary - New York

Steve Kuhn Jazz Pianist

David Finck, Bass

Lewis Nash, Drums

Dr. László Molnár, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Hungary to the United Nations, host of the jazz recital, with the artist

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