Jim Kanas: Jazz Guitarist - Folk Musician
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jazz guitarist/roots musician • producer/composer

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jazz guitarist

roots musician





> Solo/American Roots Description
Jim Kanas sings and plays an assortment of  instruments including guitars,
fiddle, banjo, dobro, pedal steel guitar, autoharp, mandolin, harmonica ,
spoons, Native American flutes and more!
His concerts bridge jazz and classical to bluegrass, folk and blues.

"Jim Kanas, guitarist, folk musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher, producer and Illinois Arts Council Artstour artist has won awards and thrilled audiences across genres. Few musicians achieve success in both the jazz and folk realms."
Keisha Smith,

"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 Donahue,
A Prairie Home Companion

"Jim Kanas is one of those all-around good guys and good musicians - lots of fun to work with, and I'm glad we got a chance to play together in Rockford!"
Muriel Anderson

"Jim is a world class guitarist.... I knew right away he was a world class guitarist.”
Victor Wooten

"Jim Kanas has
become his instrument."

Corky Siegel

"Jim Kanas is a hot tasty musician with big tone and real swing."
Catfish Kieth

Jim has been described as world class and is a highly regarded guitarist and diverse musician in the Midwest. He has been featured in concert at colleges, theaters, festivals and recorded and broadcast media throughout Illinois. Jim Kanas' professional collaborations have included concerts, recordings and/or performances with other Midwest musicians such as harmonica/pianist, Howard Levy; violinists, Johnny Frigo, Randy Sabien; mandolinist, Don Stiernberg; bassist, Larry Gray; bluesmen, Eddy Snow and "Pistol Pete"; guitarist, Muriel Anderson; percussionist, Rubén P. Alvarez; singer/songwriters, Art Thieme, Anne Hills and others.




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