Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats perform at 7:30 pm on Saturday October 17, 2015 at the Baldachin Inn Ballroom.
Alex Pangman was “bringing new life to old tunes long before the swing movement of several years ago and remains in superlative form today” (Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio). This vibrant young vocalist, Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing, has been together with her Alleycats for over a decade. A tight but lively ensemble of Toronto players modelled on the small group swing bands of the 1930s, Pangman and her Alleycats are regulars at Toronto clubs such as The Rex Hotel, Hugh’s Room, and The Reservoir Lounge.
Pangman has played across Canada from PEI to Victoria and many spots in between, drawing standing ovations at cabarets, swing dances, and concert halls, as well as from festival audiences.
Appearing on several live to air specials on Jazzfm91, Pangman has enjoyed support from the CBC, who have played her recordings as well as broadcasting live performances of hers from Halifax, Guelph, and Toronto. Aeden Helmer of the Ottawa Sun was enthusiastic when he reviewed Pangman and her Alleycats’ performance at the 2014 Ottawa Jazz Festival: “Pangman shone at centre stage…. Her hot-blooded takes on the tunes, and her butter rich vocals would have melted the hearts of even the most ardent jazz purist”. Make sure you make it: it would be a shame to miss her “Eloquence with every breath.” (The Globe and Mail).
Jazz trumpet player/composer John MacLeod was a featured soloist with the world renowned big band, Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass for more than 15 years. In 2003, MacLeod formed his own large jazz ensemble, the 20-piece John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra, as well as being on faculty at Humber College in Toronto Ontario. His artful, fiery and sympathetic playing has seen him play with the elite in the music world, and his understanding & reverence of early jazz playing is well suited to Pangman’s Alleycats.
Peter Hill can be considered “a singer’s best friend”. He’s been working with Alex Pangman for a decade, as well as supporting Laura Hubert and being the steady on-call pianist on the Toronto trad scene. His own quintet CD For Now received rave reviews.
Glenn Anderson is a scene maker. The perpetually busy drummer cites Buddy Rich & Gene Krupa as influences, whilst bringing his own “Anderson flair” to the kit. The flair has kept him steadily on stage with Alex Pangman, Big Rude Jake, and Red Hot Ramble, and a heaping handful of the best trad bands around. His own CD, Swingin’ The Blues came out in 2003.
Alex Pangman — vocals
John MacLeod — trumpet
Peter Hill — keys
Jack Zorawski — double bass
Glenn Anderson — drums