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Dave Kain / Bio

The Dave Kain Group formed in 2001, led by Dave Kain on guitar, and featuring Rick Donato on drums, Jerry McDonald on bass, and Matt Garrison on saxophone. Their purpose was: to grow musically and artistically, and to write and perform original jazz. Dave Kain studied at Suny Purchase, Berklee College of Music, and eventually received a bachelors degree in jazz improvisation from Five Towns College of Music. Dave has been fortunate to study with Joe Carbone, Joe Monk, Bill Farrish, Greg Bobulinski, Jack Wilkins, Jay Azzolina, and Chris Morrison. Dave has appeared on The Classic American Guitar Show and has appeared twice on WVOX radio as a featured artist. Dave's music is also about to be published in a book entitled The Jazz Guitarists Fakebook alongside other guitarists Sheryl Bailey, Jack Wilkins, Leni Stern, Doug Wamble, and Jesse Van Ruller. Dave formed the Dave Kain Group to create a jazz band that would not be restricted to playing jazz standards but instead could flex its muscles with original jazz music. In 2002, the group released a demo entitled The Kain Mutiny and in 2005 they recorded Citizen Kain, a full-length album. The recording of Citizen Kain proved to be a great learning experience for the group and helped them to gel both personally and artistically. Dave released No Pain No Kain (2007) includes musicians Matt Garrison, upright bass player Dylan Johnson, and notable artists Jon Cowherd, and Jeff Hirshfield. In 2011, Dave released his latest album "Kain is Able" reaching a very high point in his compositional and musical development. It featured a larger ensemble than his previous efforts. The personel are Matt Garrison, Ryan Berg, Paul Francis, Sean Nowell, Travis Sullivan and Jason Colby. The Dave Kain Group has played in venues all over the tri state area, as well as Philadelphia, Virginia, Nashville, North & South Carolina, Boston,Albany Georgia, Hawaii. Dave has also had the priviledge to play with some great musicians like Jon Cowherd, Ratzo Harris, Joel Frahm, Roy Assaf, Andy LaVerne, Adam Nussbaum, Harvie S, Tony Jefferson, Jeff Hirschfield, Jerry Z, Sean Nowell, Travis Sullivan.

General Info

Band Members
Matt Garrison-tenor Paul Francis-drums Ryan Berg-bass
Artist Name
Dave Kain
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Contact Info

Peekskill, NY