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.
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.
In 1997, Kane joined a long line of Kansas City musicians who moved to New York to further their careers in the jazz mecca of the world. Since then, Kane has emerged as an in-demand sideman and session player noted for his swinging, rhythmically engaging style. He is also an educator, passing the tradition along at his Matt Kane School of Drumming.
By Chuck Haddix