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Adolph "Fito" Kahn

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Adolph R."Fito" Kahn
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Fito Kahn
July 28, 2011
Background information
Birth nameAdolph Robert Kahn
Born (1955-11-23) November 23, 1955 (age 68)
Laredo, Texas, United States
GenresContemporary jazz, Latin Jazz, Rock, Latin
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDrums, Percussion, congas
Years active1972–present
LabelsISMS Records

Adolph "Fito" Kahn (born November 23, 1955) Is an American musician known for being the percussionist with the Duane Carter Band and founder of the Austin Jazz Alliance and the Texas Jazz Jam Cruise. Fito lives in Austin, Texas.


He is a member of the Austin Music Foundation, The Austin Creative Alliance, and The Recording Academy. Fito is also the President of ISMS Records, and ARKIII Publishing (music).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born Adolph Robert Kahn III in Laredo, Texas on November 23, 1955, Fito grew up in Laredo, Texas. He attended St. Joseph's Academy (Laredo, Texas), graduating in 1973. He attended Texas A&M University from 1973-1974. From 1975-1976 he attended Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas where he received his Associate of Arts degree.[2] He attended Southwest Texas State University (Now Texas State University) from 1976-1977, and attended University of Texas at Austin from 1977-1979. He majored in Communications and graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio, Television, Film in August 1979. He received a Master of Arts in Media Studies from New School University in 1996.


Fito's first band was called the "Night Revival". Members included Fito on Drums, Ross Swisher on guitar, Eloy Marin on Bass Guitar and Rosendo "Chendo" Carranco on keyboards. In 1972, the band was renamed to "Freedom" and added Frank King on lead guitar. In 1976 Fito joined the band "Sound Cellar". The band included Fito Kahn on Drums, John Brandesky on vocals,guitar and saxophone, James Brandesky on Bass, Joe Brandesky on vocals and trombone. The group disbanded in 1977. In 1977, Fito started the Latin rock band "Caliban" in Austin, Texas. Members included Fito Kahn on drums, percussion, vocals and guitar, Robert Kahn on guitar and vocals, Pat Washburn or lead guitar and vocals, Andres Telles on percussion and various other musicians on keyboard and bass. The group disbanded in 1979. In 1982 Fito brought together various band members to produce and record the record titled "AppleCore". Among the musicians on the record were, Fito Kahn, drums, percussion, bass, keyboard; Pat Washburn, lead guitar; Mario Sanchez, vocals, guitar; Bill Trevino, vocals, guitar; Robert Kahn, vocals, guitar; and Beto Ochoa, vocals, bass guitar. In 2006, Fito started the latin rock band "The Mezcaleros". the band was composed of Fito on drums and vocals, Pat Washburn on Guitar and vocals, Juan Garcia or guitar and vocals, Beto Ochoa on bass and vocals, and Andres Telles on percussion. The band disbanded in 2007. In late 2007, Fito produced the music video "Maria Marisol" and "Behind the Scenes-the making of the video Maria Marisol", for the band "Los Gallos". In 2008, Fito started ISMS Records and ARKIII Publishing and signed Duane Carter to the label. The first CD to be released on the ISMS Record label was Duane's "Never Say Never".[3] From 2009-2010 Fito played percussion for the Austin-based party/dance band "Groove Daddy".[4]


  • Applecore, drums,percussion,producer
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: self-released
  • Never Say Never-Duane Carter, percussion,co-producer* Released: 2008
  • Label: ISMS Records
  • Dreams Do Come True-Jimmy Duran, producer for re-issue version
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: ISMS Records
  • The "Nearness of You- Dena Taylor", percussion
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: self-released


  • Maria Marisol (music video), Producer, 2009
  • "The Making of Maria Marisol", Videographer, 2009
  • Triad, sound, 2010
  • "40 Years of the Radio", Producer, 2013


  1. "Texas Music Publishers". Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  2. "Alumni Email Directory: 1970". Schreiner University. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  3. "The Duane Carter Band's Biography". 27 June 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  4. "GrooveDaddy". WCI Entertainment. Retrieved 2 February 2014.

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