Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Pangman, Alex (Ruth)
Pangman, Alex (Ruth), vocalist; b. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 4 September 1976. Her mother, Constance Marie Pangman (b. 1944, London, Ontario, Canada), is a nurse, and her father, John Fess Pangman (b. 1941, Toronto, Ontario, Canada), is an investment counselor. Her sister, Jennifer Elizabeth Pangman (b. 1972, London, Ontario, Canada), is a member of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ontario Ballet Theatre.
Alex attended the Univerity of Toronto and apprenticed with Jeff Healey for seven years in Toronto, Canada.
Entranced by the music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, "Canada's Sweetheart of Swing" is one of Canada's leading singers in the genre. Having discovered jazz in her mid teens she has been influenced by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Mildred Bailey, and Louis Armstrong on her way to finding her own unmistakably playful, classy, and sincere style of singing. Album producer Jeff Healey calls her "the greatest exponent of the classic American songbook". Her joy in bringing back the gems of the jazz era is aptly represented by the song choices she makes, plucking from the songbooks of Irving Berlin and the like. Having worked with many prominent musicians, (Jim Galloway, Dan Barrett, Dick Sudhalter, Chris Whiteley & Peter Ecklund) to name a few, she has an inimitable, relentlessly swinging way of approaching ballads, hot jazz tunes, and even western swing numbers.
They Say (1999); Can't Stop Me (2001); Torch Light Divas V1 (2002); Kevin Clark's Jaz Kitchen (2003, unissued at time of writing)
Torso, The Evelyn Dick Story (2002)
Open Mic with Mike Bullard (2000)
TVO's Studio 2 (2000-2003)
Rogers TV (2001-2002)
Canada AM (2002
CBC's Dominion of the Air (2002)
CBCs Guelph Spring Fesitval (1997)
CBCs The Vinyl Cafe (twice) (1999)
AM 740, Jim Paulson (2000)
CBC's After Hours (2001)
CBCs Silence....en jazz! (2002)
Jazzfm.91 regular appearances/interviews/guest djing (2002-2003)
2002, #3 music-video on Bravo! (Canada's Newstyle Arts Channel) for "Melancholly Lullaby"
2002, Canadian National Jazz Awards Nominated for "best songwriter" and "best vocalist"
2002, Gemini nominated film Torso for best music in a television movie
2003, #3 music-video on Bravo! (Canada's Newstyle Arts Channel) for "One Night in Monte Carlos"
2002, The Jazz Report Magazine, Feature
2002, Elle Magazine Canada, Feature
2001, Downtown Toronto Jazz Society Magazine, Cover story
Website -- www.alexpangman.com