Compositions of Tiny Kahn

  • Aaron’s Axe
  • Belvedere Bop (Hot Dog)
  • Bop Slappy
  • Brown Cow
  • Father Knickerbopper
  • Flying the Coop (So Long Joe)
  • For Betty’s Sake
  • Leo the Lion (Chicken Fat)
  • Russ and Arlene
  • Sam Beeps and Bops
  • Sax Appeal
  • Seh! Seh!
  • Three Cents Plain (3 Cents Plain)
  • Tiny’s Blues (Gabardine and Serge)*
  • Tiny’s Bow Music
  • Tiny’s Con
  • Tiny’s Fast Blues (Who Wrote This Thing?)**
  • Tiny’s Troubles
  • T K
  • T.N.T.***
  • Who Fard That Shot
  • Why Not

*Al Cohn is usually credited as co-composer although he may have been responsible only for the famous shout chorus associated with most big band recordings of this blues line.

**This is a blues that pianist George Ziskind remembers as having been composed by Tiny Kahn. In 1982, saxophonist Don Lanphere added an 8-bar bridge and recorded the resulting AABA, 44-bar piece as “Who Wrote This Thing?” – see From Out of Nowhere, Hep LP 2019. In the liner notes, Lanphere states, “The blues is from a line written on a paper towel somebody once handed to me way back in the late forties.”

***This line is probably better known as “Can’t Take You Nowhere” with lyrics by Dave Frishberg.