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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


Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at door

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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.)

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Something to Sing About…

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:21 am

Hi Friends,

A lot has been happening.

The Two-Year Anniversary of my lung transplant was a great day. Not only did it mark the anniversary of when I got my second chance in life, but I also sent all the remaining oxygen tanks in my basement back, AND…. at 12:30 pm I was signing a deal with a great record company called Justin Time who will be releasing my new record!  As I signed on the dotted line I looked down at my watch and said, “Wow. Two years ago right now a surgeon was signing my chest, right before surgery!”  I guess it is a good day for signing! And for singing. The show was a great showing of friends and family. I even had one of my respirologists in the front row (no pressure!).  Some special guests came down to sit-in on stage: it was just a great day that I am so grateful to have had the chance to experience. Thank you to my donor, whoever you were. Thank you!

A little later that same week I actually hit the dirt when my pony tripped. Down she went onto her knees and then continued to roll right over on her side. Luckily the ground was soft, and as she started to roll on top of my leg I let out an “Ow” and I *swear* to you that she rolled off of me when she heard that. I’ve always known she was special! But, whoa, scary. Speaking of which, there’s a lot of hunting going on near the horse farm of late, so I’ve come running home a couple of days when I start hearing shots ring out. They are hunting deer, but you know… you never can be too careful!

We even made it to the Royal Winter Fair this year. I was self-conscious about wearing my big mask indoors there, but you know, a lot of people –especially in the barns– were envious and asked where I got it!  We had a nice time watching the horse show and there was even a Dressage (sort of a “horse dancing” routine) to a live jazz singer who was dressed as a flapper! What a gig that must be!

Anyhow, lots of busy-ness here, what with the record and all. It’s set to be released in May of 2011. AND, to add to the musical excitement I got to record with a living idol, Bucky Pizzarelli when he was in town: we recorded a bunch of songs. What a thrill to sing with someone who’s worked for Benny Goodman and Les Paul and has backed up a lot of my female vocalist idols of the 1940s! Just a thrill. Sounds great too, though I have no idea when it will be released! See what I mean? BUSY!