Born in 1938 in Brooklyn, pianist Steve Kuhn has been an influential figure in American jazz since the early 1960s. A classically trained pianist, Kuhn was taught by legendary Russian artist Margaret Chaloff. It was her son, saxophonist Serge, who hired Kuhn as a pianist for Woody Herman's group, when Kuhn was only 13. After graduating from Harvard, the artist moved to NYC, where he joined the original line up for John Coltrane's Quartet, and later, for Stan Getz. Kuhn's graceful piano technique soon began to make waves and as a result, he released his first of many acclaimed solo albums in 1971. In the mid-1980s, Kuhn formed the Steve Kuhn Trio with an all-star cast consisting of Ron Carter on bass and Al Foster on drums. In 2009, Kuhn paid tribute to Coltrane on Mostly Coltrane.