Reza Khan is a smooth jazz guitarist and composer. Reza Khan stands out as a true musical citizen of the world with his dynamic fusion of blend of infectious pop, jazz, and soul.
Reza Khan stands out as a true musical citizen of the world, purposefully transcending typical genre trappings with his dynamic fusion of blend of infectious pop, jazz, soul and world music influences.
Khan’s unique “day job” as a program manager for the United Nations, contributing to peace operations and multiple conflict operations throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East, played a direct role in laying the creative foundation for Next Train Home. Traveling in the summer of 2017 to several African countries in six weeks, he was able to hang out and occasionally play with local musicians and learn about their countries’ musical cultures.
His latest album, Next Train Home‘s track “It’s About Time,” which opens with Jeff Kashiwa’s soulful sax and includes a later, highly charged solo. Khan’s snappy guitar vibes nicely with Saisse’s marimba harmonies, and the funky fun includes one of King’s trademark high energy piano solos. The expansive six-minute track includes our first taste of Ortiz’s intense percussion, snazzy guitar/marimba duality between Khan and Saissse, and a sax/percussion jam section.
A graduate of Queens College with a degree in computer science, Khan’s calling as a humanitarian has led him everywhere from Asia (where his introduction to poverty and human rights abuses inspired him to work for the UN) to Angola, where he was a member of a peacekeeping force in that war-torn country. In the late 90s, he lived in South Africa, where he performed and composed music and also married and started a family.
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