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We have talked about Steve Kahn here before, he died last last week.

His contribution to flamenco was wonderful, he played great Moron style toque and he took valuable photos of Spain in the Mid 1960's to 70's during an epoch of flamenco that will never return.

It's fitting that his contribution be recognized here. We had a discussion about his photos. And I bumped a clip of Steve Kahn plying guitar. I did not know him well, but I had hung out with him several times after he moved to Berkeley in the mid aughts. He went way back with my Berkeley/Oakland friends who were in Spain in the 60's.

He also generously shared his 1924 Santos Hernandez guitar with me allowing me to measure, photograph and play it as much as I could. It's first an example of an archetypal flamenco guitar, and despite being made almost one hundred years ago is as powerful and profound as any recently made guitar I have seen. He knew that and shared the quality with guitar makers.

He was a the real thing a committed aficionado, and I enjoyed his playing. He had a knack for unraveling thorny Moron sigueriyas.

Photo- Steve Kahn- Diego, 1967

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 4 2018 23:31:58

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RE: Steve Kahn- Guitarist Photograph... (in reply to estebanana

This is sad news. When I went to live in Morón for a year in 1970-71, the apartment that Diego del Gastor found for me, across the hall from his own, had previously been occupied by Steve Kahn. Steve had left behind some nice prints of photos of Diego and a newspaper with photos of Carmen Amaya, all of which I still treasure. Steve called me on the telephone a few years ago after learning about me on the Internet and we had a nice chat about how our paths had almost crossed.


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 5 2018 1:46:07

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RE: Steve Kahn- Guitarist Photograph... (in reply to estebanana

Never met him but have his book. Very sad. DEP


  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 5 2018 4:52:38

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RE: Steve Kahn- Guitarist Photograph... (in reply to estebanana

Below is a short correspondence I had with Steve in Oct 2016:

I am reading the stories on your website with very much interest and
enthusiasm. Your experience in Spain some 50 years ago was fascinating. At
that time I was a freshman in college concentrating on making A's in chemistry
and calculus. Fast forward to a half a century later, I have retired and
started learning flamenco, and wonder if I still can experience the flamenco
life like you had in the 60's. I wonder if the boarding house that Donn
Pohren built in the edge of town of Moron still exists today. I have taken
two vacations to Spain but no flamenco. Next year I plan to spend a couple
of weeks in Sevilla or Moron to learn flamenco. Who knows I may stay there
longer than 2 weeks.
Many thanks for the stories. I really enjoyed them.

Hai Pham

This is Steve’s reply:

Thanks for your note.
Pohren's property that was his Espartero guest ranch outside of Moron is
still there, although a private residence now.

Andalucia is a wonderful place to visit with many rewards.
At this time, unfortunately, FLAMENCO is not one of them.
Great food, wine and lifestyle, yes; FLAMENCO puro and its lifestyle are
things of the past. When I go to Spain it's for adventures other than
flamenco and friends more than the music I was so fortunate to have
experienced long ago.

Go to Spain and enjoy.

If you want lessons, look up Juan del Gastor in Sevilla. Juan is one of
Diego del Gastor's guitarist nephews and a great guy. He teaches foreigners


  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 5 2018 19:31:55


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RE: Steve Kahn- Guitarist Photograph... (in reply to estebanana

Juan is a great guy and a fun teacher who drips with aire. Go there and see him if you haven't already. I took a lot of lessons with Juan myself.

For Steve and a lot of other people of his generation Flamenco ended when Fernanda passed away. But for you there's a different world to see and hear. Jerez is still interesting, and you might get lucky. Things change and change, for the generation that Steve is from they saw something rare, but there's still meat on the bone if you go.

  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 6 2018 5:36:21
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RE: Steve Kahn- Guitarist Photograph... (in reply to estebanana

Reading Hai's post above and having found my way to this thread just now I thought I could post a reply that Steve sent me during the to and fro when I enquired about a difficult (and well known) Diego del Gastor pulgar phrase. He was in New York at the time and was very helpful and friendly. He refers to a Japanese man who moved there, maybe is still there (I hope). I guess things will have changed (like the website is defunct it seems) as this was late 2010.

Look further: The book was published in July but has yet to find its way into bookstores or be available for purchase in Spain. The distributor in Sevilla informs me that that will happen within a couple of weeks.

Not much happening in Morón these days. Go to the Peña el Gallo, just off the main plaza (with fountains, etc). Sometimes people hang out there. It’s kind of a photo gallery of pics from a bygone era. There is a Japanese guitarist and his wife living in town. His name is Takeshi. Nice man. Very difficult to understand his speech, but you may run into him. Guitarist Paco de Amparo (Son de la Frontera) is living there and his brother Ignacio is giving lessons to Tekeshi. Also Luis Torres, Andorano’s son and grandson of Joselero, plays well and may be teaching. Diego’s nephews Paco and Dieguito are there but not easy targets. Paco charges upwards of 100 Euros for an unrecorded hour’s lesson! Beware.

Take a walk to Plaza San Miguel and then up to the el Gallo garden just up the walk street that is now called “Paseo Diego del Gastor”. At the bottom of the stairs and across the street on the corner is where the famous Bar Casa Pepe was located. There is a plaque commemorating the original location on the wall of the building, about 9’ up.

Have a good trip.


On 9/10/10 2:52 AM Jeff wrote:

Hello Steve

I've just been looking again at your extraordinary flamenco photographs - they are fantastic. It's a shame they're not in a book rather than a portfolio.

Anyway, I'm hoping to go to Moron in a couple of weeks as I will be in Andalucia. Any place I should look out for?

Regards, Jeff Chambers.
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