Having found solace at a young age in Ella Fitzgerald and the vocal work of Louis Armstrong, JUNO nominated Alex Pangman also found a calling. Proud to be known as ‘Canada’s Sweetheart Of Swing’, her natural vocal abilities and obsessive, deep appreciation for that bygone era have earned her a place in our nation’s heart. She’s not old fashioned, though. Pangman is a vivacious performer who retains creative control of all her work: carefully choosing her repertoire, composing original material, assembling her backing band and co-producing much of her recent recorded output. Rather than some casual throwback, Pangman delivers a unique, deliberate reinterpretation of one of North America’s most fertile, timeless eras.
Her newest record was JUNO nominated for jazz vocal and explores the popular songs of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Backed this year by a quintet of sentimental gentleman, Pangman’s performance is a sure bet to please all generations of jazz fans. Her band includes some of the brightest trad jazz players in Toronto who likewise respect the artform and perform it engagingly.
ALEX PANGMAN & HER ALLEYCATS
Alex Pangman - Vocals, Peter Hill - Piano, Glenn Anderson -Drums, Brigham Phillips - Trumpet