Wow! I so enjoyed how you and Katie resonated with me and all the people I spoke to who were in attendance. I've done jazz radio shows all over the country, Newport, New York, Michigan, San Francisco, Oregon, and met a ton of musicians, but you 'guys' know how to pull the strings to keep the music alive in our hearts. I like the way you both played off of each other, the comments during the songs, the meandering to different tunes while playing, and obviously the biggest weakness that you, John, in particular, will have to work on: Your sense of humor. (Kidding). Brilliant and refreshing in Denver. You have fun while you play and still pluck our souls with your talents and musical knowledge..
Jazz For Jazz Lovers Concert
John Cain has a maraca for a heart. The most Latino gringo youâ€™ll ever meetâ€”owing largely to his love of Latin musicâ€”Cainâ€™s new book, Lifeâ€™s a Good Gig, is a behind-the-scenes peek at the crazy, fun and sometimes raunchy world of a touring musician. The memoir is a perfect read for all the dreamers and air-guitar players out there who never figured out how to travel and play music for a living. Cain will play tunes from his international repertoire and read and discuss his new book from 2:30 to 5:00 pm Saturday, July 28, at Greene Music Recital Hall, 7480 Miramar Road.
Classics Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego,
It was a blast having you perform with the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra!
Dana Mambourg Zimbric, Music Director-Conductor, Classics Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego, Ca
La Jolla Country Club
You made the celebration for my "amado mio" an evening to remember-Perfect choice of songs, superb performance, and the perfect volume to be both entertaining and allowing for conversation. Katie is so talented and beautiful that she fills the room with her charm and gifted interpretation. Thank you, thank you. You made our celebration remarkable!
Singer/songwriter John Cain, along with a troup of guest musicians, mixes Latin with mainstream rock and pop, navigating smoothly through the melodies, creating something that sounds as if it were made effortlessly. Latinate overtones set the mood as Cain performs songs in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The song "From TJ to LA" includes a bi-lingual female accompaniment. His website calls his music "gringo salsa" and describes "From TJ to LA" as "sardonic." "FromTJ to LA, It's the land where the grown up children play, We dream and we die as the palm trees sway, from TJ to LA. See them running up the middle of the freeway, It's not very far but it's sure a long way, from TJ to LA. Look at this magic mess, I'd fake a lot for less, TJ to LA." A rolling rhythm and perky gutiars make this track the most memorable on the album, but the ending lacks a certain fullness when it switched gears and closes with an out-of-place piano solo. However, by albums end, Cain's talents leave an impression with his insistent beat and flagrant guitar licks.
The South Bay Beat
North Americaâ€™s illicit love affair with Latin music is exquisitely consummated in the music of John Cain. Itâ€™s a marriage of breezy Brazilian jazz, Mexican boleros, Salsa, Spanish favorites and enchanting original songs and instrumentals. Cainâ€™s infatuation with Latin musical genres began where he grew up in Southern California, right across the border from Mexico. ( In this part of the country, youâ€™re seduced early on by the romantic Spanish language, the balmy climate, and captivating Latin rhythms. ) His travels to Spain and Latin America have infused his music with the scirocco winds of Spain, the torrid rains of Yucatan, and the sultry beaches of the Mexican Riviera. For souvenirs, he brought back spicy Bossa Novas, Sambas, and Mambos for everyone to savor, which he blends into his own brand of â€œGringo Salsa.â€Â Listen. You, too, may find yourself seduced. Let Cain guide you expertly through this love triangle in Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian and French. Once youâ€™re an â€œaficionado youâ€™ll want to dip into his tasty gringo salsa again and again!
La Jolla Cotillion
As I mentioned last night, we had so many great comments on you and your band's music! I have never had so many people approach me to compliment the music as I did last night. People are often quick to complain but it is rare that they will take the time to say they really like something. I believe that reflects the superior quality of your performance. You "played to the crowd" so well. The variety of music was perfect, the volume of the music was perfect, the timing of the breaks worked well and the vocals were beautiful. You made the evening a great success!
Sharon Beldon, Chairperson, La Jolla Cotillion, La Jolla, CA
The Talent Smith Agency,
Thanks for being part of this (performance series at San Diego International Airport). You were both terrific! The chemistry on the stage really works nice.
Loren Smith, The Talent Smith Agency, San Diego, CA
Thank you for a most wonderful evening performing at our house party. We would not love anyone else but you two!
Silo's Jazz Club, Napa, Ca.
Terrific show, as always! Can't wait to have you back again.
Keith Stansberry, Manager, Silo's Jazz Club, Napa, CA
Advocates for Classical Music
Your performance at our fundraiser was the highlight of the evening, thanks!
Aveline Von Erinburgher, Advocates for Classical Music, San Diego, CA
John Cain, jazz pianist/band leader/arranger, wowed Anthology Friday night with his line-up of talented "Sinatra Tribute" singers, the gorgeous and exciting Katie Cat and the dynamic Dave Stanger. This was a first class New York-style Cabaret show also featuring the talents of the beautiful Adrian Nims on jazz sax and flute, along with the excellent (hand- picked by Cain) back-up musicians on bass, drums and guitar. Hope they will be back soon! It's rare to get this caliber of live music entertainment in San Diego.
San Jose, ca.
Katie and John, your show ROCKED!! I absolutely loved it!
Jenny Lockwood, enthusiastic fan, San Jose, Ca
Westways Magazine (Auto Club of Southern Ca.)
May I Have This Dance? Another petite spot for 'touch' dancing is the Avanti Restaurant in La Jolla, where the excellent northern Italian cuisine competes with the dance floor for the attention of the patrons. But, John Cain who leads a three piece combo doesn't worry about that. Performing from 6:30 to 11 p.m., he knows the dancers will eventually find their way to the adequetly sized 900 square-foot floor. The emphasis is on leisurely paced romantic Latin music. And the 30-odd couples seemed quite content to sway for more than six minutes to Cain's soft bossa nova arrangement of "Girl From Ipanema," which concluded his fifth set of the evening.