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Mississauga Music Walk of Fame

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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Alex Pangman at the unveiling of her stone at Mississauga Music Walk of Fame ceremony 2017 Photo Gabriella Bank

I was recently inducted into the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, just steps away from where I went to school, and about ten minutes walk to the place I first sang with a jazz band! I gratefully dedicated this award to organ donor heros and the Trillium Gift of Life Network who work so hard to arrange for donation miracles. Thanks also to my own donors, family, friends, bandmates, the ever supportive local media, and to my teachers! I join past inductees Tommy Hunter, Oscar Peterson, Denny Doherty, etc. You can become a donor yourself in Canada at liveon.ca

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Left to right Peter Hill (pianist), Tom Parker, Alex Pangman, Connie Pangman, Jennifer Pangman, Ronnie Gavsie (CEO TGLN)

 

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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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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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2 Year Assessment

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2010 at 2:25 am

Alex plays her last show of 2010 AT THE RESERVOIR LOUNGE, Thursday DECEMBER 9th,  7-9 pm, $5. 52 Wellington Street East. (Please no CFers for bacterial reasons)

COPIES OF ALEX’S ALBUM “CHRISTMAS GIFT” WILL BE FOR SALE!!! A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT TO GIVE! Also on iTunes and cdbaby.com

So, the week of my Two-Year Assessment rolled around. I did CT and Xray, lung function, bloods and the like. All looking good. My exercise test was even better than last time (best yet!!!)

Biopsy day rolled around and I found myself on the table prepping and casually discussing the Doctor’s colourful cowboy boots when the Versed and Fentonol hit my system: my eyes crossed like in a cartoon and I was well and truly lit… Huh. For a jazz singer you’d think I’d be stoned all the time. But no. No. Only when they mainline drugs into my veins to knock me out so they can shove a camera and a biopsy aid down my throat and into my lungs!

At the end of the biopsy (honestly I slept through most of it)  I was in the recovery room when they confessed that I might have been given a slight pneumothorax during the proceedings. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it means they put a HOLE in my lungs when they were taking the biopsies!  AHHHHHHH!  “Don’t play the trumpet until this heals or it could collapse the lung!” OKay, don’t have to tell ME twice. Anyhow, all that trouble and worry only to find out a few days later that they thought –on second appraisal of the xray– that they had been wrong/overly cautious. No hole. No problem. Whew! Just what every singer wants to hear!

Oh well, the pony was lame anyhow, so we both took a few days off. Hopefully both my pony and Tom’s horse at last are sound. Sufficed to say it was a month with many vet bills…!!!

Attended the ONE OF A KIND show here in Toronto and purchased THE BEST T-SHIRT EVER from one of the transplant nurses who is also the designer for Sylwanka Clothing…. here is a detail of the awesome back of the t-shirts she designs! Check her out on Facebook!