Curtis McCain is a dynamic multi-percussionist who plays a variety of music styles and genres. Curtis has been playing professionally for 22 years and has shared the stage and recorded with many well-known artists.
Curtis was born and raised in California's Bay Area and is a third-generation musician. His grandfather, Joe McCain was a talented jazz trumpeter and his father Mike 'Big Daddy' McCain was a well-known saxophonist, percussionist and vocalist throughout California. Mike played with artists such as Cal Tjader, The Temptations and many more. Curtis was exposed to a wide range of music at a very young age. Jazz, Latin, Salsa, Brazilian, Dixieland, Oldies, R&B, Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop, Disco, Pop and Soul music were all staples in the McCain household.
Curtis was always fascinated by the sound of the conga drums. As a young child he would ask his father to put on old salsa records and play congas to them. In 1988 his father pulled him aside and began teaching him simple conga patterns. In 1992, after a few years of practice, Curtis started to develop a more natural rhythm. His father then began showing him various styles of jazz improvisation. Curtis began to study and practice to such talents as Poncho Sanchez, Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria, Ray Barretto and Paulinho Da Costa. With all his musical exposure and experiences, Curtis was developing his own sound and techniques as a percussionist and this is where the talent was born. In 1999, Curtis embarked on his performing career as a freelance percussionist.
Shortly after relocating to Northern VA, Curtis met and shared the company and stage, with many great smooth jazz artists such as; Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Gerald Veasley, Rayford Griffin, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Michael Manson, Jean and Marcus Baylor, Jeff Golub, Althea Rene, Michael Wolff, Ray Vega, The Yellow Jackets, The Rippingtons, Kim Waters, Paul Taylor, Norman Brown, Kenny Rankin, Marc Antoine, Ricky Lawson, Philippe Saisse, Roberto Vally, Paul Brown, Gumbi Ortiz and Al Di Meola. This experience led to many great opportunities to perform, record and tour with many of the great jazz artists of our time.
Today, Curtis works as a full time professional percussionist and is excited for what the future holds. His motto "Bringin’ Spice To Your Life" sums up his style and resonates loud and clear with his ever-growing fan base. He is a truly dedicated and professional musician who does it for no other reason than his love for music.