Ashley Kahn

Commentator, Morning Edition

Ashley Kahn is an American music historian, journalist, and producer, as well as a regular commentator on Morning Edition.

Kahn has had different jobs related to music in his career: from deejay to video producer and freelance writer, from road manager to concert producer and TV music editor for VH1. As a road manager, he has toured with jazz musicians including Henry Threadgill, Cassandra Wilson, and Greg Osby; with African artists including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, and Lucky Dube; with rock artists including Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel; and with pop stars including Britney Spears.

His most critically acclaimed books have been on two major jazz albums, Kind of Blue from Miles Davis and A Love Supreme from John Coltrane. Apart from his books, his contributions as a journalist have appeared in the New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times and Rolling Stone in the USA; Mojo and New Statesman in the UK; GQ in Japan, and many others.

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Man And Machines: Pat Metheny's Orchestrion
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RUN DMC Crashes Rock's Hall Of Fame, Again
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'What Is Soul?' New Faces Have Answers
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Jerry Wexler: A Record Man Remembered
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Rebuilding The Beatles, Note by Note
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Andy Bey: A Vocal Master Returns
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Mick Jagger: A Stone Alone
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Brecker's 'Pilgrimage' a Welcome, Not a Farewell
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New Orleans' Marching Bands Short on Funds
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Robert Plant: Starting Over After Led Zeppelin
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