Jim Kanas: Jazz Guitarist - Folk Musician
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"In Jim Kanas' playing Doc Watson peacefully coexists with Joe Pass. Creating a distinct personal style from
such disparate influences isn't easy
to do. Jim pulls it off with aplomb."
Pat Dona

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wttw11 PBS writes about jim...
Roots Music
The sirens of Greek myth were said to lure travellers with their music.Illinois roots musician and jazz guitarist Jim Kanas may have followed
their call, but he hasn't been led astray.

Kanas has been playing music for almost as long as he's been alive...

Past performances/ projects...

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Ohana Ukuleles..

I am excited about my endors.endorsement with Ohana Ukuleles.The fine TK-85 pro uke they sent me. It sounds great!

Rock River Times, Rockford, IL - features Kanas and Sabien

MT. MORRIS, Ill. — Jim Kanas will return to the Mt. Morris Band Shell July
11 with special guest violinist Randy Sabien....Kanas is an American folk musician, jazz

guitarist and producer with the Illinois Arts Council’s ArtsTour program ...... read more

Posted July 10, 2014

“Jim is a world class guitarist.... I knew right away he was a world class guitarist.”

Victor Wooten, bass
Elgin College - 2008

Jim Kanas,guitar/ Randy Sabien,violin/
Don Stiernberg, Mandolin/ Larry Gray,Bass

Sandwich Opera House
February - 2013

This is the original personal from Jim's "Jimmy and the Swingers" CD of acoustic swing jazz. Jazz guitarist Jim Kanas brings this "A team" or Who's Who of musician's musicians together for a night of burning jazz standards and more! Jazz violinist, Randy Sabien started the Berklee School of music string program at age 21 and has appeared internationally for decades. Mandolinist, Don Stiernberg was the famous Jethro Burns' (Homer and Jethro) protegee at age 19 and has recorded with numerous well known and respected musicians. Acoustic bassist, Larry Gray is know as one of Chicago's primary figures in jazz and performs regularly with Ramsey Lewis and Larry Correll. Jim Kanas who is most know for his American Roots/multi-instrumentalist format attracts world class musicians as a guitarist and has performed in the Midwest with the likes of Corky Siegel, Howard Levy, Muriel Anderson and many more. Don't miss this rare performance of some of the Midwest's most treasured acoustic string jazz musicians!

the show...The band’s repertoire comprises of classics, jazz standards, uncommon selections and originals running the gamut from swinging renditions of “All of Me”, “Straighten Up and Fly Right” with vocals to a funky bluesy version of “Summertime”. All members are equally versed in bluegrass, country and folk so a unique version of Hank Williams’ classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” is a natural! There will be Native American Flute combined with String bass, mandolin and violin, a soundscape that you will not hear anywhere else on the planet! The band turns the Beatles’ “I Will” into a easy Latin based gem but turns around turns around and blows outside on Monk’s “Well You Needn’t”. Think of it this way, come to hear world class acoustic string jazz and expect to go on a journey into American roots music and more, and improvisation that deems every selection original and fresh!
CD Review...

Sandwich Opera House
140 E. Railroad Street
Sandwich, IL 60548
815/ 786-2555

Jim Kanas Group in Concert - jazzGuitar/AmericanRoots
Special Guest Artists - Larry Gray, bass; Paul Wertico, drums
Benedictine University

Lisle, IL
5700 College Road
March - 2012

"Invironments" Magazine feature on Jim... click here...

Benedictine University Presents
Jim Kanas Group in Concert / jazzGuitar
and...Master classes
with...Special Guests

... March 2012

“Jim with Phil Keaggy, guitarist
Rockford, IL, Charlotte's Web- 2007

"Wonderful festival--Jim Kanas is a monster clinician....I'm impressed."
Lee Tomboulian
Instructor of Jazz Piano and Improvisation
Lawrence University

Al Sears Jazz Festival !
Jim Kanas Jazz Quartet
, 2
Macomb, IL

Corky Siegel's New Book
Cork included Jim in the dedication of
his new book "Let Your Music Soar".

Read about it at

>Smithsonian American Roots Tour
came to Illinois.
Jim performed in Central Illinois for the exhibition

....the Smithsonian Roots Tour was in Illinois this past summer. Jim performed in advance of the exhibit to promote it for Central Illinois.

NEW >Promo images for presenters. download high res here


NEW >Bob Harman's Book/CD
on Larson Guitars is finally available! Jim is featured on it playing harp guitars.

.Bob Hartman's book and CD on his grandfather's Larson guitars is expected to be available this Spring. These famous guitars bared the name of many well known brands including, Maurer Prairie State, Euphonon, Stahl and even Martin. Jim plays duel harp guitars (dubbed) on this project. Other artists on this project include Jimi Hendrix and Muriel Anderson. The first book was distributed by Hal Leonard...

Hoosierbillies' Guitarist... guess who?
14 piece Western Swing Band, see www.hoosierbillies.com

and search youtube for Hoosierbillies Music Show includes
Shana Petrone
(Epic, Sony-Nashville; Dream Tour Partners: Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks; MTV, Bryan White's "That's Another Song" and Tracy Lawerence's "Today's Lonely Fool" & "As Any Fool Can See". ), Dale Dorsey, Annie Kincaid and others...

Endorsement with Heritage Amplifiers
Jim is on board as a Heritage Amplifier Artist. Visit
Heritage Amplifiers for more details on this quality line of guitar amplification. They specialize in class A, point to point, tube amplifiers. This is great stuff! Heritage is arranged to get the "Freedom" combo amp to Jim to play and endorse.

- Endorsement withTom Holmes Guitars (THC). These very rare one of a kind pieces. Tom is well known for years for his electric guitar pickups and made guitars for a brief period. These guitars are hard to come by and are played by the Billy Gibons, Bo Diddley and others. Jim has a customized tele style guitar and is endorsing these guitars for Tom.
Tom Holmes
PO Box 414
Joelton, TN 37080
Telephone: 615-876-3453
Fax: 615-876-6354

- Endorsement with Mother Earth Rhythm. ... to play and record high end Mother Rhythm Djembe used in educational settings... It is an awesome drum!
Mother Rhythm Drums & Imports
24129 500th Street
Bemidji, MN 56601
Ph: (218) 759-9463

NEW >"Follow the Drinking Gourd- the music"
percussion/vocal/guitar, Kanas

An original composition for world drums, mallots, vocal, guitar, narration and percussion, structured around the story "Follow the Drinking Gourd" about the underground railroad

NEW > Steve Goodman, Corky Siegle and Jethro Burns played a "No Nukes" concert on April 3,1980 at the Egyptian Theater, DeKalb, Il . Photos from Jim's collection appears in a comprehensive book the life and music of Steve Goodman by Clay Eals. Click here to see photos!
ceals@comcast.net (this site is temporarily down, 1/8/08)

WTTW 11 new website featuring/including jk
past arts across illinois features...

Fawn Ring
Executive Producer, Arts & Entertainment
5400 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 509-5504

Past Performances...

Muriel Anderson
w/Special guest, Jim Kanas
Charlottes Web concert series.
Classical and Harp Guitar (Muriel)

Rockford IL
Mendelson Performing Arts Center

Performances at the House
in DeKalb

Four performances with Catina DeLuna from Brazil,
Alejandro Fernandez from Columbia, Jaun Pastor from Peru and
Scott Coletta from the States


-DVD and CD of the Jim Kanas Trio with Annie Kincaid
Live at Rockford College/Charolette's Web
The CD and DVD, project on hold....

-CD/EP, "Take the El -theEP"...jazz originals is on www.cdbaby.com2
and listed with Tower Records

-Oasis Records has included "Swan Quarter" from "Jimmy and the Swingers" on there latest sampler. This double CD has been distributed to hundreds of radio stations
nationwide and music business "insiders" as well. As a result stations have been calling for more music! Way cool....

-"Jimmy and the Swingers" reviewed in "Bluegrass Now".
This is a nice review, click here...

-View 2008 Newsletter online

-cdbaby.com now carries the "Jimmy and the Swingers" album. search jazz>swing or go to this link http://www.cdbaby.com/kanas ...- NEW PayPal available for pruchases. coming ...

-FREE -MP3's, selected tunes, full versions, "Jimmy and the Swingers" Here !

-WTTW11/PBS, "Arts across Illinois", featured artist! Promotional DVD Release
Available Now !


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