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Organ Donation Awareness Month Song 2017

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Visit liveon.ca in Canada to see how to become an organ donor hero in your province!I wrote a little pop song about it, click the image below to hear it C8kl5IqUIAAc9Ek.jpg_large.jpg

One donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance many more!

Mardi Gras Madness Concert with Alex Pangman & Red Hot Ramble

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2017 at 10:12 pm

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MARDI GRAS MADNESS event with ALEX PANGMAN & Her Alleycats & RED HOT RAMBLE at Lula Lounge, March 1st 2017.

Who: Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats, & Red Hot Ramble.
What: Mardi Gras celebration with live music, dancing, dining.
Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON
When: Wednesday March 1st 2017, Doors 6:30pm / Alex Pangman 7:30pm / Red Hot Ramble 9pm

Contact: alex@alexpangman.com

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at door

Dinner Reservations Guarantee Seating by calling Lula Lounge (416) 588-0307 or http://www.lula.ca

Toronto vocalist and JUNO nominee Alex Pangman is happy and proud to co-present an evening of Mardi Gras Madness and New Orleans based jazz with Red Hot Ramble, Toronto’s own purveyors of southern spirit. Pangman’s annual winter concert welcomes this fresh experience, in a room brimming with party atmosphere and renown for its dance floor, colourful ambiance, wonderful kitchen, & high quality stage shows.

Red Hot Ramble bring the essence of Mardi Gras to each show. Whether traditional jazz, blues, funk or good old fashioned New Orleans “second line” parade beat, Red Hot Ramble inhabit it all & bring life to every party. Co-lead by pianist/vocalist Roberta Hunt, and drummer Glenn Anderson, the quintet brings together the rich and varied musical experiences of five of Toronto’s most passionate jazz musicians inspired by the music and culture of New Orleans; with Alison Young saxophone/ Jamie Stager trombone/ Jack Zaroswki bass. The band holds a residency at Toronto’s Rex hotel and will perform songs from their latest albumSome Swamp Stomp.

Proudly known as ‘Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing’ Alex Pangman keenly honours the roots of jazz on her JUNO nominated album New which was recorded in New Orleans. Pangman will perform tunes at Mardi Gras Madness which showcase this link to New Orleans heritage and the legendary players and songs the city spawned. Her Alleycats will include John Macleod on cornet, Peter hill piano, Glenn Anderson drums, and Jack Zarowski bass.

The finale will be a collaboration on stage between the two groups: something not to be missed as the final songs will bring out the real Mardi Gras “Madness” in both bands as they join forces to give one final bead throwing hurrah to Mardi Gras 2017!

Why Mardi Gras Madness you might ask? Mardi Gras is a New Orleans tradition beginning on 12th Night (the last night of Christmas) and is the culmination of carnival season celebrations which come to a close with a big parade/bacchanal before fasting for lent. In short, Mardi Gras is a good time, and who among us doesn’t need one of those these days? (Note this event was originally to be held at Hugh’s Room on Febuary 28th but due to circumstances beyond our control, has moved to Lula Lounge.)

For More information visit www.alexpangman.com and www.redhotramble.ca

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2016 in Photos

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2017 at 1:24 am

How does one summarize a year?  I think I’ll concentrate on the good! I reached a career highlight of a JUNO nomination with the help of my musical comminity and through the gift of transplant. I get to sing for people and make them smile and dance.  I got to breath! I GOT TO TURN FORTY!!!  I got to live, love, travel, walk up a steep hill, and win first place at a horse show. We celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary by getting re-married in Vagas! For this I am grateful. Here is a montage of the best of 2016!

 

RUTH EUROPE PHOTOS

In Uncategorized on December 25, 2016 at 1:00 am

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Hi Alex
I travelled with Joyce Sherman, one of the gals I lived with in Toronto.  As a matter of fact, I had a visit with her a week ago at her cousin’s funeral in Tara.  She is now 85 years of age and very active.  She has a condo in Unionville and time sharing in Aruba.  Never married and loves cruising.  My brother, Bob, was stationed in France when we travelled over there and he and his wife met us in Paris and took us to the base where they lived where we spent a week with their family before heading home on a boat.  Y0u probably didn’t want all this information but thought I would fill you in.

Christmas Gift Celebrates 10 Years

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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We’re bringing our Christmas Gift album back to the stage this holiday season! Starting off with the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District (Fri Nov 25th 6:30 pm $6) and then a dedicated full length performance at London Ontario’s Aeolian (Sunday Nov 27th 3pm, $22- $30 tix).  We will also be performing some tunes from the project at Upstairs Jazz in Montreal (Dec 2),  Allsaints swing dance in Ottawa (Dec 3) and The Jazz Room in Waterloo (Dec 10)

The story of Christmas Gift….

In 2006 I recorded my Christmas Gift album to help raise awareness for organ donation. I’d seen people waiting for lung transplant, althought transplant had not yet entered my own life. The rampant commercialism of Christmas got me thinking about the misplaced spirit of giving… the gift of life is truly a gift worth giving. And so the album was born.

While the album is a non-typical roller coaster of Christmas tunes from the swing era, I also re-wrote some lyrics for the cause to a Julia Lee song, the Christmas Blues, “If one kind soul would sign on, I’d have a brand new song to sing….” That’s the only overt musical reference to organ donation on the album.

Since I made that record I was able to receive the gift of life in both 2008, and again in 2013. I remember there was one song on this album which became more and more difficult to sing as my disease progressed.  At present, the jam packed mouthful of words are such a joy to sing: I want to share that joy with you again!

Gift of Life…

Visit www.beadonor.ca in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada www.liveon.ca to sign your consent to be an organ donor here. One person can save up to 8 lives & enhance countless others through organ and tissue donation!

The album….

A special re-pressing of this album has been prepared for this season! Having gone out of print, this 10th anniversary was a good reason to get it pressed again.  As CDs are going the way of the dinosaur, I’d like to point out that aside from being a nifty stocking stuffer, the CD itself also acts as a very reflective mirror for putting on holiday red lipstick, or straightening a holiday bowtie.

The band….

The group I’m traveling with this season includes myself, Peter Hill (piano), John Macleod (cornet), Chris Banks (double bass), and Glenn Anderson (drums.) There will also be guest cellist Christine Newland at the Aeolian show!

The rehearsal….

Click here to preview a few sounds from our rehearsal last week…. The Boogie Woogie Santa Claus!!

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8 years…

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2016 at 11:43 pm

 

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November 4th 2008 was the day this blog started.  It was transpant day. It was US election day: they day Obama was voted in. To the words “Yes we can!” I recovered.  I thank my donor, who in 2008, gave me alife line which lasted several more years. (Until rejection crept in.)

It’s November 2016 and to celebrate I’d like to jump on the Ontario Lung Associaton’s “Take a Breather” campaign.

One of my favourite places to take a breather is in these woods, on a pony!  After the brisk trot up the long laneway on the other side of the corn field, lies a tall dense cathedral of yellow and orange leaves which light up each fall. It is a good place to break  to the walk and breath in the autumn smells as you catch your breath before taking another jaunty zip around a farmer’s field on the other side of the woods. There is nothing that compares with breathing welll, and breathing well in the autumn makes for some good horseback riding. I have worked hard for this, with training on horseback and cross training by walking up hills. Breathing well is a beautiful reward in itself: a view like this is extra special.

I celebrate the falling leaves, because they renew again in spring. I celebrate the lungs I was given in 2008, because they made way for the next set of lungs, and renewal.

Where do YOU like to take a breather?  Facebook, Instagram, or Tweet where you like to #takeabreather

 

Here are a few of the things you can do if you can BREATHE…. September 2016

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2016 at 5:56 am

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Kensington Market Jazz 2016!

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2016 at 5:52 am

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This weekend in Toronto my Alleycats and I will play the newly formed Kensington Market Jazz Festival, at The Supermarket (265 Augusta Ave) on Saturday September 17 @ 6pm, $10 cash at door.

What is this “Kensington Market” you ask? that’s a good question….

It’s always been a “real” place, a neighbourhood of folks, artists, musicians, fish mongers, army surpless stores, vintage clothing, bongs, street eats, bikes, and of course, “The King of Kensington,” Al Waxman of CBC television series fame (1975-1980) whose statue graces the park.

My first memories of Kensington involve coming “downtown” from the ‘burbs to find a cool jacket in the many vintage stores this little village has to offer. I think I got a brown suede jacket that I took back to highschool and felt really fabulous about. It was, by today’s standards, several sizes too large. But fashion is as fashion does, and you’ll find it all in Kensington.

Today the market retains a … hmmm…. bohemian element? It still resists the “one world” phenomenon that other neighbourhoods, and other cities, have fallen prey too. You can still expect to smell some weed, get inexpensive groceries, hear people jamming in the park, expect car-free events, vintage shops,  eateries, and solstice parties.

Need a wall of buttons for a sewing project? Kensington. Need a flapper dress for Hallowe’en? Kensington. Need an authentic Mexican Taco? Kensington.  Need to hear great locally grown jazz artists? KENSINGTON MARKET JAZZ FESTIVAL SEPT 16,17,18!

The inaugural festival takes place over 3 days at several venues, featuring 100+ of Toronto’s own jazz greats. With shows close together in proximity and time, you’ll be able to catch Robert Scott play grand piano at Tom’s Place, roll up the street and hear my group, Alex Pangman’s Alleycats at the Supermarket, and then onwards to hear Sophie Milman at the Round Venue, and next, well…. the possibilities are nearly endless! (Please do bring cash, because that’s how tickets are sold at the festival.)

Check the full schedule here: http://www.kensingtonjazz.com/

Organizers Molly Johnson, Geneviève Marentette, Ori Dagan, Celine Peterson and the crew of volunteers guarantee it’s gonna be a great time, in a great neighbourhood setting, and you should come!

It’s also a festival with a heart, supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, and a Diva Dress Sale on Augusta at  Bungalow vintage (featuring dresses for sale previously worn by some of the festivals star singers) which sales will support  the Stephen Lewis Foundation for children orphaned by AIDS.

Trust your heart!

And see you there….

 

Burning Kiln Winery Gig: May 22 2016

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2016 at 6:51 pm

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Hi gang,

What are you doing this long weekend? I’m singing a jazz show with my Alleycats quintet at Burning Kiln Winery near Norfolk County/Turkey Point in Ontario & you’re all invited! Sunday May 22nd at Noon!

Here are some “didja’ know” factoids to pique your interest….

*Our Cornetist John Macleod is a JUNO winner and member of Boss Brass!

*Alleycats bassist Chris Banks once traveled to Dubai to play jazz (Burning Kiln is much easier to get to!)

*Jazz and Wine have a long history! There are dozens of wine and jazz festivals, but if the Sonoma Valley sounds a bit too far of a commute…. try Burning Kiln!

*Musicians have a long history with  alcohol. Bing Crosby was notorious for missing gigs in his early career due to a predilection for the sauce.

*It’s going to be 22 degrees on Sunday!!!

*Copies of Alex’s JUNO nominated album “New” will be available for signings after the show.

*Alex is one of the only living artists to be published on 78rpm, 45rpm, 33rpm & digitally.  She may even bring her vinyl to the show to sell!

*  Alex may love depression era music, but she loves modern science more:  She is a double lung transplant recipient. Did you know one donor can save up to 8 lives?  Be a donor & hero, sign up to save lives www.beadonor.ca

*A very special guest vocalist joins the Alleycats for a warble during our first set on Sunday May 22…. who will it be?! you have to BE THERE TO FIND OUT!!!!!

*Address: Burning Kiln Winery, 1709 Front Rd, Saint Williams, ON N0E 1P0

*Tickets: https://ww2.ticketpro.ca/groups.php?id=153&aff=scj

 

Pinch Me! aka JUNOS 2016

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2016 at 5:22 am

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Here is a slideshow of photos from the JUNOs. This was something I dreamed of as a kid. As an adult I always was striving to make albums I was proud of, and I can tell you, it sure felt good being acknowledged for my work. Here are some fun photos from a weekend that helped me to celebrate jazz, music, fans, connections, (a touch of glam) and goodwill. Most of all the goodwill of my donors, without whom none of this would have been possible. I am very grateful. I shocked myself by becoming quite nervous in the moments leading up to when they announced my category. April is beadonor month: I wanted to thank my donor on stage. I am so very grateful to have come this far. And while no trophy, the real prize is just in taking an easy breath, truly. I am grateful to be able to sing, to program and perform on a neat  very traditional sounding record with a great musical team from New Orleans and Canada.  Do what you love, folks.