“Although Alex Pangman grew up a couple of generations late to have sung with Teddy Wilson, the vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing. With pipes aplenty, Juno nominee Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the sturdy standards of the classic jazz era.
A superb song stylist with growing compositional chops, the gifted Toronto scenemaker has built a loyal fanbase amongst jazz listeners and dancers alike through her critically acclaimed work with her stacked Alleycats in the studio, nightclubs and concert halls across Canada including three stellar showcases at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. (Her Alleycats band includes Peter Hill on piano, Glenn Anderson on drums, Chris Banks on bass, John Macleod on cornet, and John Macmurchyon tenor sax/clarinet.)”
“A sought-after musician in the Southern Ontario music scene, Roberta’s personal and exuberant approach to performance has now mixed with the swing/Lindy dance scene resulting in sizzling energy between dancers and the band that electrifies the audience. Bertie loves to share her enthusiasm for early jazz and blues with audiences by romping over the keys and belting out a tune! The Gents bring their rock-solid rhythm and swingin’ style to dance friendly tempos. Toby Hughes, saxophone and vocals, Manfred Koch, trombone, Jack Zorawski, bass and Glenn Anderson, swing drummer extraordinaire.
Roberta’s current jazz, blues, funk collaboration Red Hot Ramble has been stirring up great buzz with frequent performances at live music landmarks like The Rex Hotel, Reservoir Lounge and The Lancaster Jazz Club in Kitchener.”