Recording session at Sunset Sound

Recording session at Sunset Sound

Paul Edwards finishing a recording session at Sunset Sound Hollywood California. Kittyhawk used the Chapman Stick extensively throughout their career, this innovative instrument was developed Emmett Chapman. It enables the musician to use a “touch style” playing technique, both bass and melody are player together much like a keyboard player. The left hand taps the bass while the right hand taps the rhythm/melody. All the bass parts of Kittyhawk incorporated the Chapman Stick Touch Board.

Kittyhawk Portrait

Kittyhawk Portrait

Kittyhawk group portrait by Santa Cruz artist John Wiebe.

Headline at Roxy Theater

Headline at Roxy Theater

Kittyhawk at their first headline Roxy Theater engagement in Hollywood. Daniel Bortz-fretless guitar, Paul Edwards-Chapman Stick, Richard Elliott-Alto Sax and buried behind the drums is Michael Jochum.

Kittyhawk taping the KCET Special “First Flight”.

Kittyhawk taping the KCET Special “First Flight”.

Just after Kittyhawk signed with EMI Records in 1981 we were the opening act for a live broadcast from the John Anson Ford Theater in Los Angeles featuring Robin Ford and the Yellow Jackets. After the Concert KCET offered us the opportunity to do a special featuring Kittyhawk. You can see some of the Kittyhawk “First Flight” special on (youtube). In this photo Randy Strom and Paul Edwards are on Chapman Stick, Daniel Bortz fretless guitar, Richard Elliott tenor sax. Buried behind the drums is Michael Jochum.

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Kittyhawk’s Collection Album

by admin on August 28, 2014

Collection by Kittyhawk is a contemp … Kittyhawk’s Collection album features a cross-section of the band’s best material.  It features such songs as: Bad Oscar Mariner Trutina Amor Race For the Oasis Big City Listen to all 9 tracks from CD Baby. Paul Edwards, Daniel Bortz, Randy Strom, Bmi / Hightower Records (634479609350)  Jazz, rock, world with […]

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Big City

by admin on November 13, 2010

Kittyhawk Plays “Big City” From the PBS Special “First Flight”.

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Paul Edwards Playing “A Time Remembered”

by admin on August 1, 2010

Recorded at Paul Edward’s home in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, Canada. The tune highlights double pull off chords, melody and bass solos.

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About KittyHawk Members Bortz and Edwards

by admin on July 20, 2010

Bortz and Edwards are not novices in the world of professional music.  Hailing from Chicago, where Daniel Bortz began playing guitar at 14. Then moving to Phoenix for High School where Daniel joined different rock groups.  The next 10 years found him working as a part-owner and operator of a recording studio and teaching himself guitar […]