Jim Kanas: Jazz Guitarist - Folk Musician
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"It's a beautiful CD
("Jimmy and the Swingers"),
beautiful musically,
beautiful guitar work. 
No doubt through
experience and
Jim Kanas has
become his instrument."

- Corky Siegel, 1997

Jim Kanas swoosh


jimmy and the swingers...


jim kanas; guitar

don stiernberg; mandolin

randy sabien; violin

larry gray; bass























the jim kanas trio is...

jim kanas; vocals, guitars, fiddle, banjo

steve strombeck; vocals, mandolin and fiddle

roger hintzsche; vocals, bass and, guitar














a collection of original and traditional american folk music,
jim kanas' first solo album

Albums and artists...



Jimmy and the Swingers (cd)

independent review here...

All of Me (Simians-Marks; Marling Music and Bourne Co., ASCAP)
Autumn Leaves (Mercer-Kosma; Morely Music Co., ASCAP)
Bye Bye Blues (Bennett-Hamm-Lown-Grey; Bourne Publishing)
Swan Quarter (Kanas; J.K.Productions, BMI)
Remember Me (Wisman; Songs of Polygram International Ink, ASCAP)
Honeysuckle Rose (Warner; Chappell and Razaf Music, ASCAP)
BaBoo's Blues (Kanas; J.K.Productions, BMI)
Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn-Suessdorf; M. Goldsen, Inc., ASCAP)
Lullaby of Birdland (Forster-Shearing; Longitude of Music, BMI)
Cherokee (Noble; Shapiro-Bernstein and Co.-Colgems EMI Music, ASCAP)
After You've Gone (Creamer-Layton; Marley Music Co., ASC

Jim Kanas departs from his familiar role that of multi-instrumentalist/singer and comes full circle back to melodic single string jazz improvisation. As a guitarist, Jim's career is seasoned by performances with outstanding players including  Howard Levy, Corky Siegel and Fareed Haque to name a few. He has made numerous concert and radio appearances throughout the Midwest. Steve Duchrow, Cultural Arts Director, Northern Illinois University writes, "His music is a wonderful synthesis of new and old styles that spring to life through his extraordinary music talents." He later crossed paths with and sat in with Steve Goodman, Vassar Clements, Jetho Burns,and others who have had a lasting impact on his style. This album is driven by Jim's swing rhythm guitar playing.

Mandolinist Don Stiernberg is best known for his long standing collaboration with the late Jethro Burns and guest appearances with Special Consensus Bluegrass Band. Don has been Chicago's
favorite sideman and is a highly sought after studio musician. His album Blue Skies was nominated for a Grammy in the
bluegrass category in 1992. Don Stiernberg's jazz background shines through on this recording unlike other projects. He remarks, "I played like I never had before". Don is featured throughout this recording and displays what seems to be an endless vocabulary of fresh ideas.

Randy Sabien is a celebrated jazz improvisation oriented violinist who formed the Berklee School of Music string department at age 21. He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, concerts and showcases including Austin City Limits and A Prairie Home Companion. Randy has performed in countless folk and jazz settings worldwide. His first album was released on Chicago's Flying Fish Records and Downbeat critics named him jazz artist" deserving wider recognition". Randy's own group, the Fiddlehead Blues
Band, brings out his blues and rock influences but his playing on this
album resonates in the spirit of
Stephan Grappelli. 

Larry Gray is one the busiest bass players on the Chicago jazz scene.He has appeared internationally with many leading names in jazz including Joe Pass, Clark Terry and Mose Allison. Joseph Guastafeste, principal bassist Symphony Orchestra writes, "Larry is one of the most gifted all around musician I've ever met... his technique is phenomenal, mind-boggling." This album offers a glimpse of Larry's uncommon musical curiosity. 

The Jim Kanas Trio-
Live at
Music in the Wild

Back Up and Push,  Church Street Blues,  Truthful Bill,  Frieght Train,  Maiden's Prayer / Salt Creek,  San Antonio Rose,  Golden Slippers,  Straighten Up and Fly Right, Here Comes the Santa Fe, The Cawdad Song,  Summertime, Mountain Dew,  Sweetheart When You Change Your Mind, Walkin' the Dog  * 

* Recorded at Byron Fest the day before. Jack Brand, drums and DaveStoller, piano, join the Trio.

The Jim Kanas Trio LIVE at Music in the Wild was
recorded at the Putnam County Conservation District in July
of 1999. This recording captures the true FUN spirit of the trio which
Roger Hintzsche on acoustic bass and vocals,  Steve Strombeck
on violin, mandolin, guitar and vocals and Jim Kanas
on guitars, banjo and vocals.

trio info...

Old Country

All music performed and arranged by Jim Kanas. 
Playback without dolby. Jim sings and plays: guitars,dobro, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and harmonica on this recording

On Cassette

Side A: 
   Long Long Ago (Traditional) 
   The Miller (Traditional) 
   Pretty Polly (Traditional) 
   Old Blue (Traditional) 
   Old Joe Clark (Traditional*) 
   Melody on Dobro (Kanas) 
   Happy Fingers (Kanas) 

Side B: 
   Flowers of Edinburgh (Traditional*) 
   Buster (Izer) 
   Sally Goodin' /Simple Gifts

(Traditional and Improvised) 
   Liberty (Traditional) 
   Ricket's Hornpipe/June Apple (Traditional 
        and Improvised) 
   Beyond the Reef

Many thanks to Claudia Beth for helping out during recording, my dad for lending me his mandolin, Al Watson and John Lindhorst at the Washington Street Mercantile; Wendy Meinhold and Steve Baz from Wenona School for pre-recording assistance, Harvey Ried for his arrangement of the melody to "Flowers of Edinburgh", Tim Izer for writing "Buster", Mark Richardson and Matt Harrington from Session Masters, Greg Mullineax and especially Scott MacDonald from Discs and Dats. 

This recording is dedicated to the memory of my grandfather, Nicholas Poulos (1889-1989) who crossed beyond the reef long long ago.

Arts Across Illinois- DVD
WTTW11/ Chicago Public Television
Narrated by Bob Sirrot
Jim Kanas, Corky Siegel, Special Concensus and others


Take the El- theEP

All music composed and arranged by Jim Kanas. This EP (extended play) recording is a sampling of material recorded between 2000-03.

Common Place: [Kanas, JK Productions, BMI], Terry Connell, flugel horn; Ruben Alvarez, percussion; Doug Lofstrom, electric bass, Scott Mertens, piano, Doug Bratt, drums and Jim Kanas, guitar. Take the El: [Kanas, JK Productions, BMI], Doug Bratt, drums; Doug Lofstrom, electric bass; Ruben Alvarez, percussion; Scott Mertens, piano and Jim Kanas, guitar. Uncle Pete’s Sonic Tour: [Kanas, JK Productions, BMI], Henry Boehm, acoustic bass; Ruben Alvarez, percussion and effects and Jim Kanas, Harp Guitar 1 and 2. Milledgeville Stomp: [Kanas, JK Productions, BMI], Terry O’Connel, flugel horn; Dan Shapero, acoustic bass; Doug Bratt, drums Scott Mertens, piano and synth organ and Jim Kanas, guitar and synth guitar/organ.

Thanks to: Robert Hartman for use of his Maurer harp guitar.



["Kings Station- Town Hall "- CD, artwork and info goes here]

["Eddy Snow with Jim Kanas- blues"- CD, artwork and info goes here]

["Oom-A-Ladda-Wadda" Educational CDRAM- CD, artwork and info goes here]

["The Development of American Music" Educational VHS, artwork and info goes here]

["Front Porch Friends" Cassette/CD, artwork and info goes here]

["Wildlife Woodcarving of the Illinois Flyway" Documentary/VHS,
artwork and info goes here]

Recordings produced for others, see producer and contact jim


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