Roger Wolfe Kahn Biography

19 October 1907, Morristown, New Jersey, USA, d. 12 July 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Scion of a very rich New York family, Kahn had money enough to indulge his whims, one of which was to lead a dance band. For a decade he played exclusive venues frequented by New York’s top set and occasionally recorded. Always, Kahn had fun; when the band was playing especially well he used to throw himself onto the floor and wave his legs in the air. For his recording sessions he would augment his regular band with renowned jazz artists, including Jack Teagarden and Gene Krupa. In 1933, he folded his band in order to follow another whim; this time he became a test pilot.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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