Matt Dusk Swings Into Orillia!

The venue may be called the Orillia Opera House, but Canadian Matt Dusk is ready to sing there… and swing!

“Let’s turn back the clock,” the 38-year-old Toronto-born crooner, tells BarrieToday. “Do you remember the time when the Concorde was the fastest passenger plane on earth? When it was possible to travel from Paris to New York in three-and-a-half hours? Those were cool times, when cocktails tasted good and you didn’t think of an eventual headache afterwards, when you didn’t have to think how to dress because there was only one way.”

Finally, he says, “they were times where they only played one kind of music…Our kind of music!”

Dusk, who regularly recreates the feel of a Sinatra performance in everything he does, hits the Opera House stage Friday, Oct. 13. You’re excused if your first thought of Matt hearkens back to the Mark Burnett-produced reality show The Casino.

Dusk says that’s all right with him, considering the double-edged nature of a TV show.

“The positive side is you get mass exposure,” he says, “For example, while I was on The Casino, some episodes were viewed by as many as 20 million people in North America. The downside is that television focuses on your personality and not your artistry, therefore some people don’t take you seriously as a musician.”

Even so, Dusk reckons, “I still think it was a great platform to help launch my career on a global scale. People still remember me from The Casino and I still keep in contact with a few of the people on that show.”

It’s also just fine, thanks, that people spot the vocal and physical similarities between him and Frank, Dino and the rest of the crooners of that era. Like fellow Canadian crooner and rival Michael Buble, Dusk shows a good deal of respect for the time when that style of singing was in its heyday.

“(They were) guys who were well dressed, liked a good martini, could sing, and were always hanging around beautiful people. Today, their lives have been romanticized to a bygone era, where things were easier and where everyone was having a good time. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”

One of his more recent efforts was a duet album, Just the Two of Us, with the Polish singer Margaret. Duets are among Matt’s favourite projects.

“The idea of collaborating with other artists is exciting, as I treat it like a dance… always figuring out how connect one step at a time. Margaret, although a big pop star, was trained classically and played jazz in high school. All I was doing was bringing her back to her early youth,” he recalls with humour.

“Now I know how Tony Bennett feels singing with Lady Gaga.”

And, while not exactly ready for the rocking chair himself, Dusk figures Margaret’s youth worked in her favour when they made the CD.

“Although I’ve improved over my years, I can get set in my ways. When you’re young you can throw caution to the wind and just try everything. She helped me become a little less stubborn… and for that reason alone I’d definitely record with her. And I know we will.”

Dusk is known for his debut album, Two Shots, and its follow-up, Back in Town, both of which went gold, is in process of cutting two new albums, and is off-the-charts enthused about them. For him, “it’s like 1962 all over again! My band and I are always trying out new music!”

Matt Dusk plays the Orillia Opera House Friday, Oct. 13. To learn more, click here.

Jazz singer Matt Dusk spins his ‘Old School Yule’ album on vinyl

We don’t know much about Canadian jazz singer Matt Dusk. But we know one thing for sure — he’ll get very excited when you place his new holiday album, Old School Yule, on your turntable at home or in the office.

That’s because, as Dusk points out, he and his team “overlooked a minor design flaw” when creating the vinyl edition of his album, a Magic Records release that spotlights 16 jazz covers of familiar holiday classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

That design flaw, as you can see below, revolves around the vinyl issue’s center sticker. The picture shows Dusk leaping in the air, innocently enough, but the hole removed for the center post spindle is positioned by his groin. Which gets properly filled in by a bulging knob when the album is on the record player.

We’ll assume this is all an accident, unless Dusk is looking to replace the late Blowfly as the king of raunchy holiday songs. But we think this was not intentional.

“Bring on the creative hashtags,” Dusk tweeted.

Listen to this year’s Juno jazz nominees mash up Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes

Awards shows don’t usually spawn friendships. But when Toronto crooner Matt Dusk was nominated for a Juno Award in the Vocal Jazz Album category, he called up his competitors and invited them to spend a day with him in the studio. Along with singers Heather Bambrick and Barbra Lica, Dusk recorded a swinging, big-band mash-up of five pop songs by some of his fellow Juno nominees: Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes and Sia. It’s bizarre—and whole lot of fun.

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2017 Juno Nomination

Congratulations to Matt Dusk and Florence K on their Juno nomination for their duet album Quiet Nights.  This marks the third nomination for Matt and the second nomination for Florence.

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Old School Yule: Review

Matt Dusk instantly became Canadian jazz music royalty when his debut album, Two Shots earned him a certified gold album upon its release in 2004. For the past decade, Dusk has been touring the globe, recording quality studio albums, and entertaining loyal fans non-stop. In November 2004, Dusk released the holiday inspired EP, Peace on Earth. Dusk has since carried on his Christmas spirit with countless tours and performances centred around the holiday season. Dusk is finally showing off his charming and charismatic vocals once again with his full-length holiday album, Old School Yule! Now available at most major music retailers, Old School Yule! is a complete homage to some of the best Christmas’ songs known to music.

Released in both standard and deluxe edition, Old School Yule! is a track-by-track walk down a holiday musical and magical memory lane. From the first few chimes of “Happy Holiday” to the final note of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” the album is pure holiday joy, and easily fits into any collection of Christmas tunes. Keeping a great balance between both the traditional classic holiday sounds, and fresh and unique arrangements of the Christmas songs we have come to know and love, Dusk does not disappoint with Old School Yule!

Enlisting the help of fellow Canadian artists, Dusk invited some of the industry’s best vocalists to accompany him on some beloved duets. Toronto’s own Sophia Perlman (Santa Claus Is Coming To Town), Emma-Lee (Baby Its Cold Outside), and Barbra Lica (Let It Snow!) join Dusk and lend their vocal skills to Old School Yule! creating harmonies and luscious duets. As alumni of the St. Michael’s Choir School, Dusk is also joined by their current roster of choir members to create an astounding version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” as well as acknowledgement of his eleven years spent as a member of the choir.

From Bing Crosby to Nat King Cole, Dusk dives into the world of Christmas music and simply pulls out the best of the best. From the cozy sounds of some of Irving Berlin’s biggest hits (Happy Holiday, White Christmas, and I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm) to the absolutely iconic Bob Wells and Mel Tormé tune “The Christmas Song,” Dusk has gift wrapped something special and musical for everyone on this album.

With retro inspirations and Dusk’s smooth and powerful vocals, Old School Yule! is one swinging performance after another. Backed by over a hundred talented artists and musicians, Dusk ensured that Old School Yule! maintained the highest calibre of production quality that his fans have come to enjoy and expect from his musical work. Old School Yule! consistently maintains the integrity of each song, and allows Dusk to show off his personality with each high quality track. Dusk knows exactly what he is doing as he navigates you through years of Christmas music, and effortlessly revives the musical spirt of Christmas with each note on Old School Yule! Whether you need some songs while trimming the tree, are looking for some great party tunes, or simply want to enjoy the sounds of the holiday season, Old School Yule! has a little musical something for everyone.

Kicking off a busy season with tour dates spread out across Canada, Dusk has stops scheduled in most major cities between Saskatchewan and Quebec. Have some fun, spread some holiday cheer, and join Dusk while he hits the road to bring Old School Yule! directly to you.

it’s also about cocktails, carols, and crooning.

The holiday season is a time of cold weather, gifts, and candy canes, but for the adult crowd, it’s also about cocktails, carols, and crooning.

Matt Dusk, the Juno nominated jazz vocalist, will be ringing in the season with a concert at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on Nov. 29. The show is part of Dusk’s 20-date cross-Canada tour celebrating his most recent release, Old School Yule.

Dusk called the album, which is a mix of classic and original Christmas songs, the type of album you put on just as you’re about to open the door and welcome guests into your home for a classic holiday party.

“It’s a very up tempo record, so I want the audience to have that same expectation, that they are coming in to be entertained on a very high level,” Dusk said in an interview with the Thunder Bay Source. “There will be funny stories, great up tempo music, and it will put them back in that mood of the first holiday happy hour.”

Old School Yule features holiday classics like The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Jingle Bells, and White Christmas. There are also a few twists on the classics and original music, including Dusk’s own, Snowed in With You.

Joining Dusk on several tracks for Old School Yule are celebrated vocalists Sophia Perlman, Emma Lee, and Barbara Lica. And like much of Dusk’s other work, he is accompanied by a full orchestra and big band.

According to Dusk, who has forged a successful career in Canada and around the world with his nostalgia filled jazz infused vocals, holiday songs fit perfectly with his style of music.

“The genre of music I perform is kind of engraved into Christmas,” he said. “When you think about Christmas music, it’s kind of the only standards we have left in modern popular music and that just happens to be in the genre of jazz.”

Dusk has released seven studio albums, several of which have gone gold in Canada and platinum in Poland. He also has radio hits around the world, from France to Japan.

Dusk believes his popularity in places like Europe and Asia is due in part to the uniqueness of his music, which might not be new to North American listeners, but offers something fresh to international audiences.

“The music I sing is American music, it’s the American song book, from the core of that song book,” he said. “I think in Europe and especially in Asia, it’s something unique and something they don’t hear all the time.”

That songbook, which includes so many holiday favourites, is what Dusk wants to bring back to life.

“I just recently had a daughter and I wanted to pass along those songs to her, so it just felt like the prefect timing,” Dusk said of Old School Yule.

But for Dusk, jazz is almost like its own language, using its various dialects and relying on interpretation of each individual artist. It’s about capturing the retro, nostalgic feel of the old-school crooners who performed in front of big band stages, Dusk said, before rock and roll came along and pushed the genre aside.

“Once the mid 1960’s hit with the British invasion of the Beatles and artists like Tom Jones, that music felt almost completely off the map and over time we have only remembered the greats, the Frank Sinatras, the Tony Bennetts, so I wanted to bring back the genre of those lost 1960’s where I believe that the arranging style and the musical choice of songs that came out were really cool,” Dusk said.

“I really wanted to pay homage to that period because I think it’s kind of lost and I think it’s some of the best music.”

While Dusk will only be accompanied by a five-piece band on stage at the Community Auditorium, he still promises that big band feel and a great evening that will hopefully provide the soundtrack to your holiday season.

“For me, my family would always go to my grandparent’s house on Christmas Eve,” Dusk recalled. “I remember as a kid always rushing to the stereo and looking for that vinyl record, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. I would pull out the record and put it on and it would become the soundtrack for the evening.”

Dusk will be performing at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Matt Dusk rolling into Park

Jazz singer Matt Dusk’s new Christmas album will have you celebrating in style while sipping dry martinis in no time.

 

Dusk’s album, Old School Yule! captures a nostalgic, retro holiday season that encapsulates the best of the swinging ’60s.

Dusk explained the album as the perfect music to listen to while preparing to host an event.

“There is always that period just before you are about to sit down for dinner and you are cleaning up the house, chopping the food up, putting everything in the oven and mixing drinks, and the album reflects that period,” Dusk said.

He added that the album includes a variety of up-tempo, fast and fun songs to get listeners into the holiday spirit that mimic the feeling of having “that first martini where you get that great buzz and the whole world is amazing.”

Dusk said he was inspired to create his first Christmas album because the festive season is rooted in jazz.

“All those great songs that you think about — sure, there are new ones — but a lot of them come from jazz,” he said.

“I just felt that it was time to do something that I have wanted to do forever.”

This year, Dusk also celebrated the birth of his first child.

“And that is kind of the reason too,” he said. “Christmas is about kids.”

While Dusk is certainly accustomed to life on the road — touring through North America, Europe and Asia over the span of his 20-year career — he said there is no place like home in Toronto. Especially since becoming a father.

“The job that I have also requires us to be away from our families quite a bit,” Dusk said.

Dusk added that touring is a great experience when one is young and single — but it doesn’t always stay that way.

“As you start to build responsibilities of being a father or a parent, it is a little disappointing when you can’t be there for a lot of the first things. And it has made me change the way I look at my future.”

Dusk said he is not necessarily sure he wants to tour as much as he has been.

“Because at the end of the day, life is very precious,” he noted.

Yet, for the time being Sherwood Park can expect to see Dusk on Nov. 26 as he embarks on the Canadian leg of his Old School Yule! tour.

And, certainly, a career in music has provided Dusk a plethora of memorable experiences, such as sitting down to talk music with the legendary Tony Bennett, having lunch with the queen of England, and recording a duet with president-elect Donald Trump during an Apprentice Crooners edition.

“The path of music is not the one to financial riches, but the life riches are incredible,” Dusk said.

“There are certain experiences that you cannot get from any other way but from music. It just brings people together.”

After completing his Christmas tour, Dusk will begin recording again in January and preparing for next year’s holiday circuit.

“My appetite for music and trying different things as a musician is higher than ever because we are exposed to more things,” Dusk said.

“It’s tough. It’s a lot of work, but I feel very fortunate.”

Dusk will be performing at Festival Place on Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

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Matt Dusk and Margaret win prestigious Róże Gali award!

Matt and Margaret win the music category in the prestigious Róże Gali!  Congratulations to the both of them.  The award was on the heels of the album Just The Two Of Us going platinum.

Jazz Vocalist Matt Dusk Pays Homage to The Ghosts of Christmas Past With New Holiday Album

Jazz Vocalist Matt Dusk Pays Homage to The Ghosts of Christmas Past With New Holiday Album

This Christmas, even the biggest Scrooge will have something to smile about as multi-platinum selling recording artist Matt Dusk spreads a little retro cheer with his latest album: Old School Yule!

A Christmas album that embraces the festive swagger of the 1960’s, Old School Yule! is an up-tempo, cocktail party album that will have you feeling a little “Ring-a-Ding-Ding” while you croon along to “Fa-La-La-La-La”.

“It’s supposed to feel like a classic variety show,” says Dusk while on tour in America. “I wanted to record an album that you would have sitting on the turntable right next to your Bing Crosby Christmas records.”

If retro is what you’re looking for, Dusk’s new album has everything you need. The sixteen tracks contain many of the most popular holiday classics, from White Christmas to Jingle Bells. Along for the (sleigh) ride are some new songs and a few twists on some old favourites. The album also features an original holiday hit, Snowed In With You, penned by Dusk himself.

“Christmas songs are really the only standards we have left,” says the jazz crooner. “I’m so happy to be able to take this music I grew up with and share it with everyone from lifelong fans of Christmas music to future generations just now discovering them.”

Dusk is no stranger to those future generations. The Juno-nominated singer celebrated the birth of his first child, Kaia-Mae, in 2016. It was becoming a new father that really put the idea of a Christmas record into his head.

“It really is a lifelong dream come true,” he says, referring to his baby daughter. “My fondest memories from my childhood are those Christmases by the fireplace, listening to Nat King Cole with my parents. It’s going to be amazing to share that with my own daughter… and with my own album!”

Dusk isn’t alone in the celebration. Old School Yule! contains new duets with several celebrated singers. Barbara Lica joins him on a lively version of Let it Snow!, Sophia Perlman reminds the kids that Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Emma-Lee sticks around for Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

Old School Yule! doesn’t hold back the music…or the musicians. The album contains over a hundred musicians, including a full orchestra, big band, and Dusk’s own childhood choir – St. Michael’s Choir School. It’s one of the biggest albums of Dusk’s career, but he’s taking it all in stride.

“If you loved all those Christmas specials on TV from the sixties and seventies, I think you’re really going to love Old School Yule!  It’s got almost everything you could want from a holiday record.”

When asked what it might be missing, Dusk offers one of his trademark smiles and a coy little wink.

“Yeah,” he grins. “Martini shaker not included.”

01  Happy Holiday
02 Sleigh Ride
03 The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
04 The Christmas Song
05 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town with Sophia Perlman
06 Jingle Bells
07 White Christmas
08 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
09 Baby It’s Cold Outside with Emma-Lee
10 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11 Donde Esta Santa Claus
12 Marshmallow World
13 Let It Snow! with Barbra Lica
14 Snowed In With You
15 Winter Wonderland
16 Do You Hear What I Hear with St Michael’s Choir School

Matt Dusk & Margaret: Just The Two Of Us – Now Platinum

Matt & Margaret are proud to announce their album “JUST THE TWO OF US” is now certified Platinum in Poland.  This marks Dusk’s second platinum album to go along with his two gold albums