John Bacon, percussionist and composer, has been a mainstay of the music scene in
Western New York for over 25 years. Along the way he has performed with Lester Bowie,
Roswell Rudd, Bobby Previte, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bobby Militello and
as featured soloist with the SUNY Fredonia percussion ensemble. He has taught for
the past eleven years at SUNY Fredonia where his duties include percussion lessons,
music theory and directing the Fredonia Latin Jazz Ensemble. He holds a Masters Degree
in Music Performance and is pursuing a PhD in Music composition. Equally skilled as
a classical percussionist and trap drummer, he has been a member of (hatArt) recording
artists The Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, as well as leading his own band, Multi-Jazz
Dimensions, for many years in and around the United States. As an illustration of
his wide skills and interests his music has been performed by a diverse collection
of musicians, including the classical saxophone quartet and Innova recording artists
The Amherst Saxophone Quartet as well as jazz and new music legend Leroy Jenkins.
He has toured in England, Italy, Canada, and the US. A 2004 CD release, "Jack Rabbitt",
is an organ trio outing on the Cadence Jazz Records label featuring tenor saxophonist
Don Menza. His latest recording entitled "Boxing Day" was released on Jazz Dimensions
Records in May 2007 and features a series of improvisations with pianist Paul Bley.
You can find more information about John, including upcoming performances, at johnbaconjr.com.