JUNO Nominated jazz vocalist Alex Pangman has an instantly recognizable voice on the airwaves. Known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing, she’s a little bit old-time, a little bit sassy and a little bit romantic. Having established herself as a vintage song stylist over the course of many albums for Montreal’s Justin Time Records, she leads listeners through the sparkling music of the 1920s and 30s with a voice that has facets of a young Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and the Boswell Sisters. She has toured across Canada, and played in the States and abroad, opening for Willie Nelson, performing with John and Bucky Pizzarelli, recording in New Orleans, and more! She is host of Swing Set on JAZZFM91 and is also an advocate for organ transplant.
Although Alex Pangman grew up a couple of generations late to have sung with Benny Goodman, the vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing. With pipes aplenty, Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the music of the classic jazz era. A superb song stylist, Pangman has built a loyal fanbase through her acclaimed work with her stacked Alleycats. Established in 1999, this curated group of tradsters play vintage music with affection, a killer groove, and skill. USA Today wrote that they are “ebullient…Pangman and Her Alleycats party like it’s 1933.” Having honed their craft in the speakeasy atmosphere of the Reservoir Lounge in Toronto, the band truly inhabit and inject life into this era of music. It’s sure to be a fun and swinging affair when Pangman takes the stage with Grammy nominated violinist Drew Jurecka on board, backed by the rhythm section which includes Peter Hill piano, Glenn Anderson drums, and Chris Banks on bass. So for Pangman, what begins as a teenage obsession with Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and The Boswell Sisters, turned into a career that has seen the Alleycats play all the major Jazz Festivals in Canada, performance with music legendary, record several studio albums, earn a JUNO nomination, and appear in America and abroad.
You can watch Alex by visiting her YouTube channel.
Alex Pangman – Juno vocal jazz nominee 2016, & NOW magazine Toronto best female vocalist 2015
“She channels the bygone era without affectation…the album has an intimate, warm sound that’s rare in modern jazz recordings. Pangman proves that music from the 30s still has relevance.” – SARAH GREENE, NOW MAGAZINE
“Her upbeat positive attitude make Pangman a perfect choice as Top Canadian swinger. She brings the songs of early jazz alive. She’s a little old timey, but contemporary at the same time. Pangman is welcome as a regular spin on Tonic because of her friendly and approachable sound. She really is a sweetheart of swing!” – CBC TONIC/ TIM TAMASHIRO
Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Simcoe Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Picton St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Willowbank, 14487 Niagara River Pkwy, Queenston, ON L0S 1L0
DATE: Saturday, July 30th, 2016
TIME: 1:15PM – 2 PM
EVENT: JAZZ in the PARK
VENUE: Simcoe Park
ADDRESS: Picton St. and King St., Niagara-on-the-Lake
TICKET PRICE: FREE EVENT – Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair!