NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Lewis Kahn, a salsa trombonist and violinist who performed with numerous jazz greats including Tito Puente and Dizzy Gillespie, has died. He was 73.
Khan’s passing was reported on social media by his fellow musician Larry Harlow. Harlow reported that Kahn passed in his sleep.
“Apart from being a great musician in both the violin and the trombone, Lewis was a beautiful human being, generous with his knowledge. When he arrived, he was the first one to tune my violin,” Harlow wrote.
“He was one of Larry’s best friends during 60 years of musical history since his inception with Ambergris, Fania All Stars, a legend on his own merit. I am going to miss you sweet one, thanks for the privilege of calling you friend, fly high Master, do not be late for the big band in the sky rehearsal,” he added.
A Juilliard-trained musician, Kahn played a key role in the development of the New York power trombone salsa sound, and as a sideman on hundreds of recordings with artists ranging from Celia Cruz and Tito Puente to David Byrne and Kristy MacColl.