Keyboard player/vocalist Martin Alex Aucoin, is releasing his debut CD, called So Far, on Tuesday, June 19th at 8 p.m. at jazz/blues nightclub The Dominion On Queen, 500 Queen St. East in Toronto, ON. This CD will also be Aucoin’s debut as lead vocalist.
According to Aucoin, "This is a jazz/blues kind of thing, with all original material."
Aucoin plays keys on all tracks, and sings lead vocals on all but two, which are instrumentals.
Musicians on So Far include Aucoin on keys/lead vocals with Alex Dean on sax/flute, Steve McDade on trumpet, Al Cross on drums and Victor Bateman on upright bass.
Martin Aucoin has been around the ‘musical block’ many times over the years. While in Toronto he has performed and recorded with Juno Award-winning blues guitarists Jack de Keyzer and Morgan Davis, soul/R&B band The Lincolns (featuring Blues Angels/ex-Alice Cooper bassist Prakash John), blues harp player Jerome Godboo (ex-Lincolns/Ronnie Hawkins), and The Drifters. He’s also performed with vocalists George Olliver (Mandala), Johnny Max and Chuck Jackson (Downchild); bassist Gary Kendall (Downchild) and drummer Doug Inglis (ex-Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks).
In Nashville Aucoin was part of the Grand Ol’ Opry for four years. While there he performed with Ricky Van Shelton, Larry Carlton, Mark O’Connor, and Johnny Gimble. He also played on sessions for Garth Brooks, George Strait, John Michael Montgomery and countless demo sessions.