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Allan Kaufman

Allan Kaufman

Allan Kaufman came to film from a storied twenty-five year career in the music business. He has toured as a musician, sound engineer and tour manager since the Dead Sea was only sick and has worked with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac, Mick Jagger, The Cars, Miles Davis, Patti Labelle, Cyndi Lauper, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Brown and Smokey Robinson. He produced two records for Smokey, including the platinum SBK release Double Good Everything; as well as live tracks for The Temptations and The Four Tops. In the early 1990s, he served as an A&R rep for Morgan Creek Records.

Subsequently, Kaufman segued into Music Supervision. He was a Music Supervisor / Consultant on films including The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Addicted To Love, Home Fries, Detroit Rock City, Simply Irresistible and The Decadent Visitor.

In addition to The Whole Nine Yards, Kaufman produced Free Enterprise, starring William Shatner (as himself playing Captain Kirk) and Eric McCormick. Free Enterprise won Best Film honors at the 1998 AFM Film Festival and was widely lauded for featuring Shatner and Rated R (from Tupac's crew Thug Life) performing a hilarious rap rendition of the Marc Anthony soliloquy from Julius Caesar. He is currently developing Marcus Timberwolf written by Rick Newburger & Eddie Bunker (Runaway Train, Straight Time, Animal Factory) with Bonnie Timmermann.

In August 2002 Kaufman founded Recon Records with Chip Quigley (Sugar Ray) and Danny Wyatt (Norah Jones, The Roots) based in New York City in conjunction with Artemis Records and distributed by Koch. The custom label has since released two very successful CDs: Killah Priest's (Wu Tang Clan) Black August and former Epic Records' recording artist Dope's new record Group Therapy. Group Therapy was the innovator and template for the now-common major label practice of having a video for each track contained on all their artist's CDs.

Kaufman was also a founding partner of The China Clubs in Los Angeles and Aspen. It was at The China Club L.A. that he created and was the Music Director of the infamous (and ongoing) weekly ProJams which have featured Billy Preston, John Entwistle and Skunk Baxter in the house band and guest musicians that have included Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Don Henley, Wayne Newton, Elton John, Prince, Michael J. Fox, Tom Jones, B.B. King, Woody Harrelson and Bonnie Raitt. In the late 1970s and early 80s, he was Entertainment Director for the legendary J.P.'s and Trax nightclubs in New York. Impromptu jams with James Taylor, Greg Allman, Jimmy Buffet and Billy Joel were commonplace with the original cast members of Saturday Night Live.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Allan Kaufman Facts

OccupationProducer

Selected Filmography

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