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Sounds of Buffalo: John Bacon Trio

John Bacon Trio is:
Matt Michaud, Guitar; Cameron Kayne, Bass; John Bacon, Drums (Interviewee)
How did the name of the band come about? 
I’ve led many groups over the years this is an outstanding collaboration of some of the areas finest Jazz musicians.
When and why did you start playing?
I started playing the drums before I had memory.  I was born into a musical and supportive environment.
What was the first tune that you remember “really” playing well, when you knew that you would be a musician?
The American Legion Band Post 264 marching cadence was my first goal and accomplishment.  I still play that cadence on the street in parades occasionally.  My father wrote it and we have played it together for 40 years.
Are you schooled in music? From where? 
I received my PhD in Music Composition at UB in 2011.
Which famous musician(s) do you admire?  
Too many to list but they come from the diversity of music including Jazz, classical, Brazilian pop, rock, Latin etc.
What’s your day job? 
I teach music and play music. I’m currently teaching Percussion and Jazz at SUNY Fredonia, Jazz at Villa Maria College and percussion at UB.
How would you describe your music style? Influences? 
I am interested in lyricism, rhythm, texture, harmony and the emotional content of the music.  I’m influenced by anyone who respects and masters the tools of music making. If the musicians can surpass the tools and communicate the poetry, with or without words, that is sublime.
What was the last live music performance that you caught? What was the best show you ever caught? What was the show that got away – the one that you never got to see?
Rolling Stones at Air Canada.  Best show was Pat Metheny at the Granada Theatre in Buffalo, NY.  Around 1981.  The group was supposed to be touring to support Metheny’s seminal album 80/81.   It was to be with the great Jazz drummer Paul Motian. But Metheny was ill and cancelled.  They rescheduled the show and he came with his regular band.  I didn’t even know that music existed.  I was blown away and it changed my life about the possibilities for mixing mainstream, traditional and experimental elements.  I had a schance to see Miles Davis but…
Do you play/sing covers or all originals? Ar a combination of both? 
Jazz is built on the canon of the Great American Songbook.  I love that music.  But as a composer I always play my own music too.  And whatever else interests me.
Where and when is your next gig(s) in the city?
Wednesday, July 3 at Pan American Grill & Brewery at The Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, New York – starts at 7pm – part of the Jazz, Rhythm and Blue series.
Listen to some of John Bacon’s music files on Sound Cloud
Click here for a YouTube video clip

If you play in a group/band (or solo) here in Buffalo, and have an upcoming gig at a venue(s) in the city, consider sending buffalo rising an email requesting to be emailed a Q&A interview that we can then post, along with concert dates. It’s a fun and easy way to get your name in front of another audience that is interested in learning about the local music scene. The requirements are:

-You must be living in the Greater Buffalo region… or you must be plotting your return
-You must have a public show coming up in the city of Buffalo, as our focus is the urban landscape
-You must have a photo of the band
-Solo acts are also welcome
-Video is a plus
-CD/Album/poster art is welcome
-Links to Social Media sites are a bonus
-Ability to take accept both praise and/or criticism is a must
It is up to the discretion of Buffalo Rising whether or not to publish the interviews depending on nature of content submitted, or lack thereof. 
Please send requests here. Include “Sounds of Buffalo” in the subject box of the email.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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