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New Album Release June 7, 2019


Marly Waak on drums, Grant Clarkson on bass, Cain on piano/vocals.





Our recent appearance on WWL TV New Orleans to promote our Joni Mitchell Blue Shows


Fab Gig at The Blue Note



New Orleans Or Bust!


After 2 1/2 years living in south America Katie and I are moving to New Orleans. Living in Cuenca Ecuador we learned so much about life, humanity, consciousness and improved our Spanish language skills. We made life-long friends there with amazing people and we owned and operated our own nightclub. The Ecuadorian people are the sweetest most guileless people I've ever known. 

We bought a house in New Orleans and will be based there. The central location will make it easier to gig in all parts of the USA. 

Be sure to stay in touch! If you get to NOLA be sure to give us a heads up so we can make the scene!


Jazz will save the human race tour-Spain 2017


The Cain in Spain stays mainly on the train.....or so it seems.  I am in Spain right now on a jazz oddessy, seeking out jazz music in Spain and around the world.I 'm sitting in and jamming with cats from around the world to share the common language of hipness and coolness.. I have some great jazzers I know in Granada and I'm currently in northern Spain in Galicia where I've found jazz in A Coruna. I'll report back on that later! Jazz can anD will save the human race from itself. I'm an emissary for this cause. I'll be going toSouth Africa in September to spread the word!


Relocating July 1st 2016


It's official ...After being based in southern California for more than 30 years my wife Katie and I are relocating to Cuenca Ecuador as of July 1st. We will be a managing director for the Jazz Society of Ecuador as well as an Artist In Residence. We will be performing regularly at the Jazz Society Cafe in Cuenca. Having a great affinity for the Hispanic music and culture, and having traveled many times to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America I will avail myself of this terrific opportunity to immerse myself in the Latin culture.  My email and facebook will remain the same and I will keep in touch with all of you as usual. I hope many of you can find the time to come visit us the beautiful city Cuenca!


South America 2016


Cain is starting the year by spending two weeks in South America. Performing with jazz singer KatieCat at the Jazz Society Cafe in Cuenca Ecuador.


New Film Role


Cain just landed a role in a short independent film "Balloon" It's a satire on the ways in which a struggling college student deals with grief.  Production team plans to enter the film into San Diego film festivals.


Making the scene with Poncho Sanchez



Joe Powers harmonica maestro


Cain gets to jam with world renowned harmonica virtuoso Joe Powers.


Natalie Cressman


Hanging out with great jazz trombonist and singer Natalie Cressman after her San Dioego concert at dizzy's


Jazz Trio Mondays at Eddie V's


The John Cain Jazz trio will be grooving and swinging every Monday in July at Eddie V's La Jolla from 6-10pm. A hip spot for hanging out this summer!


Latin Jazz in Long Beach Ca


Cain will be performing with the "hot" Latin jazz band "Nova" on Sunday April 19 in Long Beach Ca. at the Seabird Jazz Lounge. Show starts at 7:00pm till 11:00pm

(click on venue name for their website)


Summer Gigs In Colorado


KatieCat & Cain will be doing a brief stint this summer in Colorado. They will be featured at a return engagement at the Jazz For Jazz Lovers concert series in Aurora Colorado on Sunday August 2.

On Saturday August 1 they will be performing at the hip Denver venue "La Cour."

(click on venue name for their website)


KatieCat & Cain in Ecuador


Saturday Oct. 18 KatieCat & Cain are performing at the

The Jazz Society of Ecuador presents:
LIVE JAZZ! 4 Nights a Week! (Wed. through Sat.) at:


Yuma Jazz Festival 2015


The John Cain Jazz Trio featuring vocalist KatieCat will be featured performers at the 2015 Yuma Jazz series . The date of their performance is February 12, 2015.


Jazz Studies


In his capacity as an Artist In residence with the SoCal Jazz Society, Cain has been teaching jazz history at  schools throughout the greater San Diego area including the award winning Preuss School in La Jolla.


Yuma Jazz Festival


The John Cain Jazz Trio will be headlining for the Yuma Jazz Series in Yuma Arizon on Feb. 27, 2013. Singer KatieCat will be the featured star vocalist.


Jazz Seminar Arizona Western College


Cain will be giving a seminar on "Jazz and the Great American Songbook" on Feb. 27th for the music department of Arizona Western College. Jazz singer KatieCat will be there to sing.


New CD Release!


John Cain's new CD will be released March 1, 2013. It is The John Cain Jazz Trio, recorded "live" at the Life's A Good Gig Arts And Music Festival last September.

Grant Clarkson is on bass and Marly Waak is on drums.

The songs are a collection of jazz standards and blues.

Click this link  CD Baby - John Cain to check it out, purchase or download tunes.


Arizona Western College Clinic


Click to see Yuma Sun Notice about Cain's Arizona Western College Music Clinic


Last Tango at Anthology


The famous supper club Anthology closed its doors on Dec 31 2012.  The John Cain Orchestra played the last gig there on Dec. 30 with singer Roman Palacios and singer KatieCat.


John Cain Jazz Trio at Salk Institute


The John Cain Jazz Trio will be featured in a promotional video for the Salk Institute in La Jolla Ca. The video will be shot on July 20.


KatieCat & Cain Do Martinis!


KatieCat & Cain have just been booked to perform at Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego. The date will be Saturday May 9. Show starts at 9:00pm.

(click on venue name for their website)


Yuma Jazz 2015


John Cain's jazz Trio will headline for the second year in a row at the Yuma Jazz Series on Thursday Feb 12. Singer KatieCat will be joining the band again.


Yuma, Az News Paper Blurb



New CD Available!


Recorded "live" at the Yuma Jazz Series 2014. The John Cain Jazz Trio.

Click Here to check it out on CD Baby.

Or go to the SHOPPING tab on this website.


Opening At New Eddie V's San Diego


The John Cain Jazz Trio will be opening in the V Lounge at the new Eddie V's at Seaport Village, San Diego on Sunday March 30. From 6pm till 10pm.

Since 2011 the trio has been performing regularly at the Eddie V's in La Jolla, Ca, and last month Cain did a "one nighter" at the Scottsdale Arizona Eddie V's.

The V lounge has a beautiful grand piano. Cain will be accompanied by veteran drummer Marly Waak and the soulful Evona Wascinski on acoustic bass.


Back Off The Road


Just got back home from a brief stint in Arizona. I did a class seminar on Latin music at Arizona Western College. Then later played with singer KatieCat with the Yuma Jazz Company, a very hip 5 piece combo, at the Village Jazz Series, broadcast on KAWC-FM Radio

Next day went to Paradise Valley (Phoenix area) for a performance with KatieCat at a private event. It was a blast!


Anthology-San Diego July 13


Cain will once again be conducting the band at Anthology-San Diego's premier live music venue-for the "Sinatra Show." This time the star singer will be the fabulous Roman Palacios with a special guest appearance by singer KatieCat. Cain wrote all the arrangements, will conduct the band and play piano.


Back To Napa April 28!


Cain will be back at Silo's in Napa California on April 28 for an enetertaining evening of fun and music with singer KatieCat and percussionist Kiko Jimenez. Details in the Performance Dates section of this website.


KFSD Jazz 88.3

Happy Hour 8/18

Happy Hour 8/18

The Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour returns to your social calendar Thursday, August 18 with tradition and innovation on tap. It's still at the Park Manor Suites in Hillcrest from 5pm to 7:30, and music is still a major component, this time it's the John Cain Trio. A minimal cover to defray costs ($5), and special events will surprise and delight you. 21+ only, please.


August 13 at Silo's in Napa, Ca.


KatieCat & Cain are back at Silo's Jazz Club in Napa, Ca. on August 13. All the details are in the "Performance Dates" section of this website.


Show @ Anthology San Diego


John Cain Combo will be doing a Sinatra Tribute Show at Anthology in San Dioego. Dave Stager and KatieCat featured performers.


Back to Khan's Cave May 14th!


Saturday May 14, 2011 Cain will be back at

Khan’s Cave

7:00pm till 10:00pm

Check out the website for all the details.

 Great Food! Full Bar! Great wine list! Free parking!

9350 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
Suite F  San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 279-9799

Map Link:


Cool Gig April 9 Saturday!


Got this great new venue coming up Saturday April 9. 7pm till 10pm

Khan’s Cave

Check out the website for all the details.

 Great Food! Full Bar! Great wine list! Free parking!

9350 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
Suite F | San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 279-9799

Map Link:


SIlo's In Napa March 19, 2011


Just got re-booked with jazz singer KatieCat at a great club in Napa, Ca.

It's Saturday March 11, 2011. More info later. Check out the website
Ste C
530 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559-3379
(707) 251-5833


Return to Silo's in Napa, Ca.


Just got re-booked with jazz singer KatieCat at a great club in Napa, Ca.

It's Friday Oct. 15, 2010. More info later. Check out the website
Ste C
530 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559-3379
(707) 251-5833


Radio Interview KVYN


Cain will be interviewed on the Kellie in the Morning Radio Show on Oct.6, 2010-8:40a.m.  The station is 99.3fm The Vine and 1440am KVON in Napa, Ca. We hope you'll tune in or check it out on the internet-it will be "streamed" live.


New CD For Earth Day

One of the songs from Cain's "Silly Songs & Lullabies" album 
was selected to be on a compilation CD from Parma Records. 
The song is "The Earth Is Your Mama."
The new CD from Parma is called "Celebrate Earth"
It's a children's CD.
A little more about the disc: -
The release date is March 30th, just in time for Earth day! -
Will be available for purchase at,,, iTunes,
and a variety of physical and digital music retailers -
The disc contains Enhanced Content, which you can access
by placing the disc into your computer.

Benny Plays the Blues


Check out the new book by John Wolf  "Benny Plays the Blues."  I was honored to have been asked to write the forward.  The story is a wonderful murder mystery that involves the world of jazz musicians.  

Available at or toll free 1 877 BUY-BOOK


Jazz Psalm


The Lord is my drummer, I shall not rush,He maketh me to layout in tasteful places,He leadeth me beside cool meter changes,He restoreth my “one.”Yeah, man, though I read through the trickiest of charts,I will fear no train ...wrecks,For You are with it.Your ride and Your snare they comfort me,You setteth up a solo for meIn the presence of mine guitarists,You anointeth my lines with drive,My groove overfloweth.Surely good feel and swing will follow methrough all the tunes of each set,And I will dwell in the pocket the whole gig long.


Cain's song "All" Selected for Kanaljazz


Kanaljazz is an online radio station Based in Paris, France and broadcasts from the Shoutcast server based in the United States. The station specializes in contemporary and indie jazz music along with other genres of the like. The station has a special interest in the sounds of French, British, Australian and European jazz. Kanaljazz streams 24 hours a day, 7 days a week of continuous airplay. Today, the station is mostly listened to in the USA, France, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, Eastern Europe and South America.


Featured on the Cover of La Sonrisa Latina

Cain was featured on the March 2008 cover of the magazine La Sonrisa Latina, a publication that caters to the Latin dance and music communities throughout the southwestern U.S.

Radio Interview 1030AM


At 3 pm on Jan. 29 Cain is interviewed by noted Latino rights activist Enrique Morones on his weekly radio show.


Magazine Interview


Cain was interviewed for the August 2008 issue of The Tango Times magazine.


John Cain’s Annual Birthday Fundraiser

You’re Invited! Saturday May 31st John Cain’s Annual Birthday Fundraiser For the Puerta De Fe (Door of Faith) Orphanage In La Mission, Baja California, Mexico At the Bahia Hotel in the Tangier Lounge 8:00pm till Midnight 998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, Ca. Here’s the deal: Come in for an evening of music and drinks to celebrate Cain’s B-day but bring no gifts. Instead make a tax-deductable donation to the Puerta De Fe Orphanage. Any and every little bit helps. You can make out a check to Door of Faith or toss some cash into the till on the piano. For details about this event e-mail John Cain @ or call toll free 877 652-8523 Or check the website: Here is a glimpse of what they go through in a week at Door of Faith Orphanage! 2,850 meals 980 showers 567 diapers 480 loads of laundry 175 rolls of toilet paper 109 Band-Aids 98 trips to school 70 gallons of milk 45 haircuts 37 "time-outs" 15 gallons of bleach 4 trips to the doctor 2 birthday cakes Countless hugs!! Although we receive no financial support from the Mexican government, we do work closely with them. 90% of the children that we care for are brought to us by Mexican Social Services. We have very few true orphans. Many of our kids have been abandoned or come from abusive homes some are with us because their parents simply can no longer care for them. If the children are here due to financial hardship, we encourage their parents to come visit their children as often as they can. Occasionally the children are able to return to their families if it has been determined that they are able to care for them. All our support comes in the form of donations for the US. We work with churches, corporations, and service organizations. The majority of our funding comes from individuals with a desire to help the children. Less than 3% of our budget is used for fundraising. We are a 501©3 non-profit organization and are able to accept tax-deductible charity donations. Such donations can be money (contributions, sponsorships, etc) or goods. We are happy to provide a receipt for all donations. In the case of goods, our receipt can be used to show what you donated, but not to establish its value for your tax return.. Tax ID #41-2063114 For further information about the Door of Faith: Door of Faith Website: Door of Faith Orphanage P.O. Box 6434 Chula Vista, CA 91909 Email

Big in Yuma!

Cain will be in Yuma Arizona on Monday Feb. 25 at the Barnes & Noble store for an author event then will be interviewed on KSWT-TV at 5:30 pm. Tuesday Feb 26 he will give a seminar/performance at North Arizona University, Yuma.

Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival


Cain was invited along with guitarist extraoridinare Jose Molina Serrano to perform at the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival in Mexico. The week long festival runs from March 2 through March 9. Musicians perform at various venues around the town. Cain and Molina will also do a special performance for local school kids.


Appearance for the Casa De Mexico San Diego

Cain performed at the fund raising event for the Casa de Mexico. The group is raising money to build a permanenet house of Mexico in the "International Houses of Hospitality" area of Balboa Park in San Diego. The event was hosted by famed Latino rights activist Enrique Morones.

Chris Calloway Jazz legend-Lena Horne Tribute Concert

Performance is on Feburary 10, 2008 Dark Thirty Lakeside Cain will be accompanying legendery jazz singer Chris Calloway, daughter of American-music-icon band leader Cab Calloway. In addition to tunes made famous by her father Chris will perform a tribute to her aunt, Lena Horne who turns 90 years old this year. Dark Thirty is a wonderfull small concert venue in Lakeside California where countless name musicians have performed. Exact time and cover charge will be forthcoming.

Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival

Cain was invited along with guitarist extraoridinare Jose Molina Serrano to perform at the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival in Mexico. The week long festival runs from March 2 through March 9. Musicians perform at various venues around the town. Cain and Molina will also do a special performance for local school kids.

Broadcast Media School, Las Vegas


Cain was in Las Vegas, Nevada Jan. 13, 14 2008 at the "Groovin U" radio network, affiliated with University of Phoenix, Las Vegas, where they produced a special program featuring his music and career as an author and musician. The program will be broadcast later this month. When the exact date is known we will list it in the claendar section of this website along with the internet link to listen.


Radio Special Lima, Peru

Sunday January 6, 2008 Radio Planicie 91.5 FM in Lima, Peru is producing a 30 minute special featuring my music. Ricardo Culque Fayffer is the on air disc jockey whose show is called “Rumba Y Son.” Radio Planicie 91.5FM is an on-the-air station with over 3 million listeners! But, if you want to, you can tune in to the show on the internet with this link: As soon as I have the exact time and date I’ll post it and let you know! RUMBA Y SON, EL PROGRAMA QUE MARCA LA DIFERENCIA LUNES A VIERNES 22 A 24 hrs SAB 21 A 23 HRS Y DOMINGO 21 A 23 Hrs

Article by Cain Published in Fox & Quill E-Magazine

Cain wrote an article puiblished in the December 2007 issue of Fox & Quill magazine. To read the article go to the "Music/Lyrics" section of this website and click on "Other Writings by Cain."

Dec. 8 - A Meet-the-Author Appearance, Book Signing, Art Exhibit

On Saturday, December 8, 2007 Cain will be at The Sister Lodge in North Park in conjunction with an art exhibit featuring the incredible paintings of Pilar Montano, Julio dela Huerta, MarnieCruz and Joe Cruz. Noted international opera singer Daniel Hendricks will perform. Cain will perform and sign his book. Exhibit from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm For address, directions, details and times go to the "Calendar" section of this website.

FREE CONCERT & BOOK SIGNING - November 24, 2007

You’re invited to a free concert & book signing party Saturday afternoon: 2:30 pm - Nov. 24th The book is: "Life's A Good Gig- A gringo musician's journey into the world of Latin music" by John Cain The Event: Musician, pianist, singer, composer, author JOHN CAIN. explores the mysteries of life and music at this fun & entertaining musical performance for aficionados of all ages! We'll take a musical journey from jazz and blues into the world of Latin music. Cain will be joined by Puerto Rican Percussionist extraordinaire Kiko Jimenez. Also there will be a special guest appearance by Miguel Angel and Pepe Barducci from Lima Peru. There will be surprises and lots of laughs! We'll get a behind the scenes peek at the fun and crazy world of working musicians. Cain will perform songs from his international repertoire, new CD and speak about topics in the book Meet the author in person! Live Music! * When: Saturday afternoon July 28th 2007 Show starts 2:30 pm * Where: Greene Music Recital Hall 7480 Miramar Road, San Diego, Ca. 858 586-7000 Halfway between I-15 and I-805 at the “pyramid” The event is free and open to the public but if you can reserve seats: call toll free: 1 877 652-8523 or e-mail: More info: Or call toll free: 1 877 652-8523 Please be there!

Adams Ave. Street Fair Sept 29 at 3:00 pm

If you're at the Adams Ave. Street Fair be sure to stop by to hear some music and meet author/musician John Cain who will be performing and signing books in front of SLEEP MATTERS- Bedroom Specialties Store. “Life’s a good gig when you get a good nights sleep!” Saturday Sept 28th. Adjacent to the Adams Ave. street fair.

KUSI TV Appearance

Cain will be interviewed on KUSI TV's Good Morning San Diego show on Saturday Sept. 15. The interview will air live at 9:40 am.

Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale, California FREE CONCERT & BOOK SIGNING! Sept. 16, 2007


On September 16, 2007 John Cain will be performing at the Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale, Ca. In the Brand Library Recital Hall. Live music! Meet the author! When: Sunday, Sept. 16 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm Location: 1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, Ca. 91202 Tel: 818 548-2051 Musician, pianist, singer, composer, author JOHN CAIN will guide you safely on a musical journey into the world of Latin music. A fun & entertaining event for aficionados of all ages! Cain will perform selections from his new CD and speak about topics in the book. For information: Website: Tel. toll free: 1 877 652-8523 Or go to "Perfrmance Dates" on this website.


Concert Sept. 22

A TRIBUTE TO the Music of SOUTH AMERICA Saturday-SEPTEMBER 22 AT GREENE MUSIC 7480 MIRAMAR RD. (by the pyramid) San Diego, CA 92126 Show starts at 2:30 pm Featuring JOHN CAIN MIGUEL ANGEL OSSIE With special musical guests Jose Barducci (guitar) Henry (Kiko) Jimenez (percussion) Music from Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina $15.00 For tickets call 858-705-1957 Sorry, we are not going to have tickets at the door.

San Diego City College International Book Fair-October 6, 2007

Meet the author-Book signing! Cain will be at the All World Music booth at San Diego City College International Book Fair October 6th, 2007-to autograph books, sell CDs and T-shirts and to help promote other All World Music Artists. Saturday From 11:00 am till 5:00 pm Other All World Music artists will be dropping by throughout the day. A free, fun event and a nice way to spend a fine Saturday in October in San Diego! San Diego City College; 1313 Park Blvd.; San Diego, CA 92101.

FREE CONCERT & BOOK SIGNING - Sun., August 19, 2007 in Laguna Beach, Ca.

John Cain will be performing at the Recital Hall of The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach 429 Cypress Drive, Laguna Beach, Ca. Sunday - August 19, 2007 Doors open at 6:30 pm - music starts at 7:00 pm Live music! Meet the author! Refreshments! Musician, pianist, singer, composer, author JOHN CAIN explores the mysteries of life and music at this fun & entertaining event for aficionados of all ages! Cain will perform songs from his international repertoire, new CD and speak about topics in the book For information: Tel. toll free: 1 877 652-8523 Or go to "Performance Dates" on this website.


The new book by John Cain is now available! "Life’s A Good Gig- A gringo musician’s journey into the world of Latin music" "...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." (San Diego City Beat) A must read for any parent whose teenager wants to be a musician. Insights into the secret lives of working musicians. About the Book “Life’s a Good Gig,” takes us on an international romp from the ultimate groove to the infamous gig from hell with a band of brothers like no others, some cool cats, some downright deadbeats. It’s Jimmy Buffet gone Bill Bryson. Musician/adventurer John Cain, like chef Anthony Bourdain, samples each musical genre like a savory stew, and shares the creative process from the ridiculous to the sublime—from the dubious singing dog to X-rated song lyrics to an unimaginable code of professional ethics. Cain explores the mysteries of music and life in this well-crafted memoir of his musical sojourn. Jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the ride! To purchase go to "Purchase Products" on this website. Special internet price: $21.95 ($5.00 off retail)

Book signing party July 28! Everyone Welcome!

You’re invited to a book release party July 28th! Meet the author in person! Live Music! Light munchies! Fun & entertaining! * When: Saturday July 28th 2007 From 2:30 pm till 5:00 pm * Where: Greene Music Recital Hall 7480 Miramar Road, San Diego, Ca. Halfway between I-15 and I-805 at the “pyramid” Cain will perform selections from his new CD and speak about topics in the book.

Fund Raiser Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who donated to the Puerta De Fe orphanage on May 30, 2007. This year we raised around $1300. I'll be going to Mexico on June 10 to deliver the donations. I'll take some pix and post them on this website in the photo section. Thanks again!

Great Concert!

John Cain sponsored a concert for his pianist idol, jazz virtuoso Jim Gala. (See photos in photo gallery) The Jim Gala Trio played beautiful artistic jazz at the concert last Monday, Dec. 18, 2006. They were joined by 9 time grammy nominee , fluatist Lori Bell. The perfromance was recorded and a CD will be produced and released March 5. A concert at Greene music will begin at 6:00 pm. Go to for information about the concert and CD.

Advocates for Classical Music

On November 14, 2006 Cain and multi-percussionist Henry "Kiko" Jimenez performed at the ten year anniversary for the Advocates For Classical Music, an orginization that provides funding and logistical support to bring school kids to concerts and perfromances of classical music. Cain and Jimenez are docents with the organization.

Fund Raiser for Puerta De Fe Orphanage in Mexico

On my birthday May 31st we had a fund raiser for the Puerta de Fe (Door of Faith) orphanage in La Mission, Baja, Mexico. All my friends and fans were very generous donating $1170.00! We delivered the donations and took some photos of the orphanage. You can view them in the photo gallery of this website. If you're interested in knowing more abour the Door of Faith check out their website

Chris Calloway Performance in Lakeside


Sunday may 21st Cain, along with virtuoso bassist Bill Andrews and drummer Paul Kimbarow will be accompanying legendery jazz singer Chris Calloway, daughter of famous big band leader Cab Calloway, at a special sold out concert for Dark-Thirty Productions in Lakeside, California.


On the Radio in Lima, Peru

A radio station in Lima, Peru has been playing selections from my CDs "Todo Latino" y "Mas Latino." You can check out the program on the internet if you'd like to. Here's the info. Radio Planicie 91.5 FM Lima Peru En o a traves de nuestro horario es LUNES A VIERNES 10 A 12 DE LA NOCHE, SABADOS 8 A 11 DE LA NOCHE Y DOMINGOS 9 A 11 DE LA NOCHE (HORA PERUANA). Modays through Fridays 10pm to 12pm-Saturdays 8pm to 11pm and Sundays 9pm to 11pm-Peruvian time.

Jazz in Hillcrest-San Diego

Something New, Cool, & Hip The John Cain Jazz Trio will be playing live jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova Sunday May 7, 2006 Sunday May 14, 2006 at KITIMA Tai Food Restaurant and Jazz Bistro 406 University Reservations:619 298-2929 (Between 4th and 5th in Hillcrest-San Diego) Paid parking in lots on 4thand 5th $5. to $6. For $3.00 parking try the underground lot on 5th in the Union Bank Building (sometimes the lot is not open.) Kitima is just around the corner on University. Music starts at 7:00pm till 10:00pm A note from Cain: Many of you know me for my Latin music and solo work but in this venue I get to exercise my jazz chops! I will be playing straight ahead jazz and bossa nova accompanied by fantastic musicians Marly Waak on drums and Evona Wascinski on bass. There will be other guest jazz musicians stopping in to play a few tunes with us. The band plays upstairs in a loft with a cool, casual, jazzy/bohemian atmosphere. The food is great-moderately priced! Beer and wine. I hope you can come in and check it out, it’s a really fun, cool place! Website: e-mail:

Great Drummers!

A note from Cain: All I can say is Wow! I'm a lucky guy to know such talented musicians. Two special musicians have been helping make the magic happen at the Bahia lately. Dave Dhillon who is a fantastic, artful bongo player (and maestro of middle eastern music and drumming, by the way) has been sitting in with me and sharing his talent. Also the tasteful and soulful conga/percussionist Enrique Jimenez has been sharing his music, soul and rhythm with me on Weds. and Fridays. What a great gift they give me. Muchas gracias hermanos!

Award Winning Song Writers

A song by Cain co-writen with talented singer, actress, writer Candy Silva Cortes won third place in the Americans For Energy Independence songwriting contest! The contest was to write a song about enegy independence for America. Silva and Cain compose together frequently for an organization out of New York for hospitilized children called "Songs of Love." The program sends them the name and some facts about a hospitilized child. They take that information then write and record a unique customized special song for that child. The recording is given to the child as a gift by the organization. Here's the juicy details about the song writing contest from the e-mail from the contest. "Dear John, We are delighted to inform you that your song entitled "Energy Independence Day" has been selected as a winner in our Americans for Energy Independence Song Contest. Your song was the winner of our $500 third place prize money. We will be mailing the check to you shortly and mentioning your song in our upcoming Press Release. Lastly, your song will be one of ten songs selected for the creation of a CD we will make available for a small donation to our cause. Please e-mail a photo or logo that we can use on the CD cover and send the original non-compressed recording to Michael O'Connor at Michael will be producing our CD and he will follow up with you shortly. Thank you again for your participation and support of our contest. Best Regards, Song Selection Committee Americans for Energy Independence"

Americans for Energy Independence CD now available!

Americans for Energy Independence sponsored a song writing contest to raise awareness of the need for energy independence. They put all the winning songs on a CD and will send you a copy for a donation of $10. Proceeds go towards futhering the cause of enegy independence. John Cain along with Candy Silva Cortez won third place in the contest. Go to the website to get a CD. Or go to the "links" section of this website.


This Just in!!! John Cain has just been signed to return to the beautiful BAHIA RESORT HOTEL in San Diego, California. He will be performing Wednesdays through Saturdays in the Tangier Lounge beginning Wednesday April 5, 2006. (See calendar section for details.) “I’m very excited to be back at the Bahia,” says Cain. “It’s an absolutely beautiful place with a great piano. The staff is just the best, friendly and professional. I’m sure my friends and fans will really enjoy the ambience. It’s a fantastic venue for me! Every Wednesday will be the open mic "Noche Bohemia" where international guest singers and musicians are invited to perform with me. This was a very succesful event at my previous venue and it will be a lot of fun to see everyone at the Bahia!" Located on Mission Bay, near Sea World and within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean and the Belmont Park roller coaster the Bahia Resort Hotel offers the best of quintessential San Diego. It is also the home port for the famous Bahia Belle paddle wheel boat.

Trio San Diego at Center For The Arts!

Trio San Diego will be returning to the Center For The Arts in Escondido Ca. on Sunday Nov. 13 from 12:30pm till 2:30pm

Concert In The Park

Hola mis amigos! It was a warm, beautiful day for the concert at the Center for the Arts in Escondido, Ca. On behalf of the Trio, Jeff and Mike, I want to thank all of our friends and fans who showed up to listen to our music. The sun sparkled through the leaves of the trees in Grape Day Park and a light breeze cooled us in the shade as the music flowed out into the air. Check out the photos of the event in the "Photo" section of the website.

Trio San Diego to Perform at Arts Center

On june 12, 2005 Cain's "Trio San Diego" will be performing a two hour concert at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, Ca. The concert is free and will run from 1:00pm untill 3:00pm. 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, Ca.

Gringos Del Norte at Airport

Every Cinco de Mayo Cain plays accordion in the group "Los Gringos Del Norte" performing at San Diego's Lindberg field airport welcoming guests to the city. This year was no exception. A visitor from New York asked the group why they make such a big deal about Cinco De Mayo. Cain explained that this was the day in Mexican history when the greatly out numbered Mexican army defeated the French. To which the New Yorker answered, "So, what. Who hasn't?"