Originally from Hannibal, Missouri, which is best known as the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the setting for the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, drummer Matt Kane cut his musical teeth in Kansas City. One of four cradles of jazz along with New Orleans, Chicago and New York, Kansas City was known for its hard-swinging style pioneered by Count Basie, Jay McShann, Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker and hundreds of other jazz greats.
Kane learned his craft from Daahoud Williams, the McFadden Brothers, Ida McBeth and other veterans of the Kansas City scene. He quickly became known as the “Main Cat” on the drums. In 1995, Kane joined Ahmad Alaadeen’s Deans of Swing. An educator, composer and saxophonist, Alaadeen lead a stellar group of young musicians. While working with Alaadeen, Kane earned what Claude Fiddler Williams referred to as the “Kansas City stamp,” a distinctive style of playing that is instantly recognized by musicians internationally.
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
Have taught from my home for 20 years and conducted High School Clinics and Jazz Workshops in Kansas City and New York. Studied with Carl Allen, Adam Nussbaum, Billy Hart, Jim Chapin and Ed Soph.