Suffolk man cuts jazz album

Published 5:50 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

A Suffolk jazz musician released his first CD on Jan. 24.

Connell C. Kahan shows off his first CD, “It’s My Time.”

Connell C. Kahan shows off his first CD, “It’s My Time.”

Connell C. Kahan, better known in the jazz world as “Miles K,” said he has been playing music ever since he was in the sixth grade. He was taught and mentored by Dr. James Barge at East Suffolk High School and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1970.

As a youngster, Kahan was a member of The Rockays, a Suffolk-based band that opened for Kool and the Gang, Bill Deal and the Rhondels and The Showmans, Kahan said.

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“It was an amazing experience to be so young,” he said.

He got out of the music business for a few years but returned to it in the 1980s and has been playing ever since.

“I got injured in the military,” Kahan said. “It helps with my injury. When I’m playing, I don’t feel any pain.”

Kahan is a retired electronics technician from Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

He plays trumpet, French horn and keyboard but loves trumpet the best.

Kahan said he has worked with others on their albums, but this is the first one he has done himself.

“It’s My Time” includes six tracks. His favorites are the title track as well as “Follicle Filthy Funk.”

But really, he said, “I like them all.”

He describes his style as contemporary jazz and easy to listen to.

Kahan said he’s already at work on his next project, which he hopes will be in the fusion realm.

Hear the CD at It is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.