Alex was first introduced to the music of the 1920s and 1930s while in her mid-teens and soon began performing it accompanied by veteran “trad” jazz musicians in Toronto, Ontario. Although she did not formally study singing, she became steeped in old shellac and vinyl recordings and put that passion to good use as she began to make a name and favorable reputation for herself as an authentic singer of this classic music. Unlike most teens her age, she found a great kinship with music made almost half a century before her birth… “it’s melodic, playful, unpretentious and lyrical, and that’s something I was missing in the music of my own generation” This musical romance has continued, as over a decade later Alex is still enchanted with the music, and the welcomes her third CD, Live in Montreal.

A three time National Jazz Award nominee, Alex is a favorite of jazz fans and dancers alike and has become one of Canada’s leading classic jazz and traditional-swing vocalists. She released her very successful debut CD They Say in 1999 on Sensation Records, and her follow up disc, You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming, in 2001 to great acclaim. Both records featured production/guitar/trumpet chops of internationally renowned Jeff Healey, who also shared a passion for early jazz. Her recordings feature an all star cast of musicians internationally assembled including Dick Sudhalter, Chris Whiteley, & Peter Ecklund to name a few. They document her interests from 1930s pop music, to western swing, to jazz manouche. Clearly now she’s grown from the “girl singer” into her own producer and woman with a musical vision. Some of this confidence has come from working with countless inspiration musicians including Grammy nominated trumpeter Kevin Clark, Denzal Sinclaire, The Royal Jelly Orchestra, Ross Wooldridge, Tyler Yarema, & Jim Galloway’s All Stars. It was on stage with the All Stars where Alex met trombonist Dan Barrett (Wild Man Blues, Cotton Club) who dubbed her “Canada’s sweetheart of swing”, a nickname which has stuck.

As word spread, Alex and her band “The Alleycats” worked more and more at Toronto’s Reservoir Lounge, Top O’ the Senator, Courthouse, The Rex Hotel, & Sax on Yonge. However, before the city’s non-smoking bi-law passed she bowed out of the club scene after developing an aversion to singing in a workplace that was smoke-filled. She continued on to work on the theatre and Jazz Festival circuit: playing main stages at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Beaches international Jazz Fest, The Toronto, Victoria, Markham and Oakville festivals, Living Arts Centre, The Carling Centre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Aeolian Hall, Brantford Centre, and more. As well, Alex had the delightful opportunity to open for comedy legend Bob Newhart in 2002, who remarked that Alex was a “pleasure to work with!” Having been across the country on various occasions, she also made appearances on several major television shows including, Open Mike with Mike Bullard, Canada AM, TVO’s Studio 2, CBC’s History of Radio, & Rogers Daytime. She’s also made a big hit on “Canada’s Jazz Station” Jazzfm91 making regular appearances there, was a featured guest on CBC’s After Hours, as well as having appeared on the CBC hit radio show The Vinyl Café, and CBC’s 50 Tracks…. quite remarkable accomplishments for a young woman singing music made famous so long ago! As a special honour, Alex was pleased to take part in Jazzfm91’s Jazz Lives concert, which also featured such performers as John Pizarelli, Peter Appleyard, Holly Cole, Phil Nimmons, and Micheal Kaeshammer.

With a number of music videos to her credit, her most recent effort for One Night in Monte Carlo reached #2 on the Bravo! Countdown. Before that, her video for Melancholy Lullaby broke the top 5 on the countdown after having been written by Alex for her appearance in the 2001 film Torso, which told the true story of a mid-1940s Ontarian murderess! Singing a Ken Whitely composition, Alex’s voice also accompanied the opening credits of the film Falling Angels, which took home the Genie Award for best song in 2004. All in all her film and video history is quite impressive considering the genre of music she performs. “If an image on a screen can catch a person’s eye and help them to discover Classic Jazz and Traditional Swing then I’m all for it. Film and television is a very powerful medium!”, she says.

Alex is immensely grateful for the quality of musicians she works with, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to play this music for audiences young and old to keep the wonderful tunes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Connie Boswell and Annette Hanshaw alive and well. While numerous singers attempt the genre, few succeed with the amount of sincerity, and authenticity as Alex, while still bringing herself to the audience. With her newest release, Live in Montreal, Alex brims with this vivacity and a quick listen will assure you that she makes the music of the past captivatingly present with her delightful voice and spirit.

2 Responses to “ALEX PANGMAN”

  1. Tom Peckham Says:

    What great stuff! I have only recently heard of your talents. I love the blues and vaudeville of the 1900’s to the 1935’s and you resurrect the period delightfully. I will certainly be seeking your recordings. I am in Portugal at present, but will be in England again soon. Then I will order what recordings I can find of yours.
    Best regards,
    Tom Peckham

  2. hugh leal Says:

    Hi Alex,

    Very happy to hear of your improved health and continuing great performing and recording work.

    I would appreciate if you would contact me (not via any social networks, please…I am too old!) pls. contact me via my ph /cell 727 744 2724 or email @ lealjazz@gmail.com.

    I want to talk to you about performing in Windsor again…and the possibility of working with my combo…which MAY have the possibility for representation around the USA…(as I secured for clarinetist Dave Bennett (see www. davebennett.com)…or a few years prior for trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and his “Louis Armstrong Tribute”).

    Maybe we could form a combo to get “quite nice” ($$) gigs in the USA.

    Best regards,

    Hugh Leal , Sarasota FL , till May 1, then back in Windsor …. current cell 727 744 2724


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