Although JUNO nominee Alex Pangman grew up a couple of generations late to have sung with Benny Goodman, the vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing. With pipes aplenty, Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent, and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the music of the classic jazz era. A superb song stylist with growing compositional chops, Pangman has built a loyal fanbase amongst jazz listeners and dancers through her critically acclaimed work with her stacked Alleycats, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jeff Healey, and now with the Pangman Jurecka Hiltz Trio.
Alex’s life-long obsession with jazz began in her teens when she discovered Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and The Boswell Sisters. She has recorded with legendary Bucky Pizzarelli, and opened the Toronto Jazz festival for Willie Nelson at Massey Hall. With Drew Jurecka and Nathan Hiltz, Alex enjoyed two #1 iTunes singles, the first of those a previously unheard, and recently unearthed Connie Boswell song, given to Pangman by the late singer's estate. (Boswell is considered the grandmother of jazz singing having greatly influenced a young Ella Fitzgerald.) Pangman's other recent albums were recorded in New Orleans for Justin Time Records & she has played all the major jazz festivals in Canada, including several appearances on main stages at the Montreal Jazz Festival, as well as playing in the USA, England, Denmark, and Edinburgh. She is host to Swing Set, a weekly swing era show on JAZZCAST.CA.