O pianista de jazz, compositor e líder de trio Steve Kuhn, nasceu no 24 de março de 1938 no Brooklyn em Nova York. Aos seis anos, começou a tocar piano com a professora e mãe do saxofonista barítono Serge Charloff que ensinou a ele o "modo Russo" de tocar piano.
Muito cedo improvisava com a música clássica. Na adolescencia costumava tocar nos clubes de jazz da cidade de Boston ao lado de Coleman Hawkins, Vic Dickerson, Chet Baker e Serge Charloff.
Formou-se pela Harvard e frequentou a famosa Lenox School of Music onde manteve amizade com os futuros grandes do jazz como Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry e Gary McFarland, sendo instruido por professores do naipe de George Russell, Gunther Schuller, os integrantes do The Modern Jazz Quartet e pianista Bill Evans.
Essas ciucunstancia permitiram a Kuhn tocar, estudar e criar na companhia de alguns dos grandes inovadores da improvisação e composição no jazz que foram culminadas pela sua associação ao grupo do trompetista Kenny Dorham por um certo tempo e também, rapidamente, ao quarteto de John Coltrane nas apresentações no Gallery Jazz Club em Nova York.
Também se apresentou com Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Oliver Nelson, a cantora Sheila Jordan, Billy Drummond, e Miroslav Vitous e outros. No período de 1967 a 1971, mudou-se para Suécia onde formou o seu próprio trio com o qual se apresentou por toda Europa.
Kuhn ficou reconhecido como um pianista "avant garde" e por um longo periodo, além de se apresentar em festivais como o Newport jazz Festival, trocou experiencias e gravou com muitos outros músicos.
Dentre seus CDs destaque para "The October Suite", "Promises Kept" (com suas composições) e "Looking Back"
Steve continua se apresentando em festivais e clubes de jazz en Nova York.
Steve Kuhn e Trio em plena performance.
American jazz pianist, composer and trio leader Steve Kuhn was born on March 24, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York City.
He began studying piano at the age of five and studied under Boston piano teacher Margaret Chaloff, mother of jazz baritone saxophonist Serge Charloff, 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, gigging with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Vic Dickerson, Chet Baker, and Serge Chaloff. He graduated from Harvard 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) John Coltrane's quartet at New York's Jazz Gallery club.
He also has appeared most with Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Oliver Nelson, Gary McFarland, Ron Carter, Scott LaFaro, Harvie Swartz, vocaluist Sheila Jordan, Billy Drummond, David Finck and Miroslav Vitous. From 1967 to 1971 Kuhn moved to Stockholm, Sweden where he worked with his own trio throughout Europe. In 1971 Kuhn moved back to New York and formed a quartet but continued doing European gigs, and appearing at the Newport Jazz Festival. In his early years, Kuhn was known as an 'avant-garde' pianist (but not "New Thing").
Kuhn was associated with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca (Sims) during the 1960s for several notable recordings: "Three Waves" under Kuhn's leadership, Basra under La Roca's leadership which also featured Joe Henderson, and "Sing Me Softly Of The Blues" under the leadership of flugelhornist Art Farmer. Also notable was Kuhn's inclusion in the quartet on the landmark recording Sound Pieces led by saxophonist, composer, and arranger Oliver Nelson and including Ron Carter on bass and Grady tate on drums.
Among other notable recordings which were also critically acclaimed was "The October Suite" composed by Gary McFarland or Kuhn and an ensemble which included strings, woodwinds, and reeds.
A CD "Promises Kept" featuring Kuhn's compositions, piano, and strings. For decades, Steve Kuhn has led all-star trios that have included such players as bassists Ron Carter and David Finck, and drummers Al Foster, Jack Dejohnette and Joey Baron.
He has had several live recordings made in some of New York's leading jazz clubs.
Reference - AAJ
Tradução Humberto Amorim