Martin Alex Aucoin
Martin Alex Aucoin is a multi-faceted musician with a host of influences. As a keyboard player, he has soaked up styles ranging from jazz greats Wynton Kelly and Ray Charles, to Leon Russell and down home Southern recording aces Hargus “Pig” Robbins and Barry Beckett. As a songwriter, he has filtered Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Duke Ellington, Mose Allison, Cole Porter, Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver and more. Originally from Cape Breton, Martin grew up with Acadian folk songs, Celtic fiddle music, country music, and whatever was on AM radio in the late 60′s and 70′s. Seeing a clip on television of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell performing.
“The Letter” from the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour proved to be an epiphany. He soon began to play chords on the family piano and learning tunes by the Beatles, Burt Bacharach, and other pop songs of the day. By the end of high school he developed an interest in jazz and blues through Dave Brubek, Duke Ellington, and Muddy Waters records. After some soul searching (hitchhiking all over North America, Spain and Morocco, working on a rail gang, tending bar, an aborted stint in the Canadian Armed Forces) he decided to study music seriously and enrolled in Toronto’s famed Humber College music program.