The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series is a weekly concert series, broadcasting live from the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91, which kicks off our 35th anniversary celebrations, culminating in the 35th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in June, 2022. Presented by TD, the Summer Concert Series highlights 10 local acts who each bring their own unique perspective to the performance of jazz, and reflect a variety of the elements which have been part of the Festival over the past 35 years: from emerging artists and young lions to the best of the best; from traditional jazz to new sounds; from mentorship to community connections.
From Doc Cheatham to Houston Person, Jim Galloway to Martin Loomer, the Festival has always acknowledged its roots and the traditional sounds of early jazz. Past editions of the Festival featured an annual jazz parade and jazz cruises, highlighting the best in local trad talent with occasional guest visiting artists; our free, Loony and Toonie tunes concerts over the years showcased a variety of artists from at home and abroad who represented the history of jazz. Alex Pangman is one of Canada’s best practitioners of jazz from the 20’s and 30’s, keeping alive the spirit of traditional jazz which has been on display at the Festival each year.
Alex Pangman, voice
Drew Jurecka, violin
Nathan Hiltz, guitar
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.