Matt Dusk to open 12th Annual Tokyo Jazz Festival today!

Matt is performing at the 12th Annual Tokyo Jazz Festival at the ‘Premium” Gala.  One of Matt’s childhood hero’s, Tony Bennett, will be performing after.

http://www.tokyo-jazz.com/en/program/program_hall.html

 

Matt Performs live on Dzień Dobry TVN

Matt performs: That Old Feeling, from his new album MY FUNNY VALENTINE: THE CHET BAKER SONGBOOK

Utalentowany i na dodatek niezwykle przystojny kanadyjski wokalista – Matt Dusk był gościem Kingi Rusin i Roberta Kantereita w ostatnim programie Dzień Dobry Wakacje. Opowiedział im o swojej najnowszej płycie, o tym dlaczego tak lubi Polskę, czy mówi już po polsku i jak często bywa w Olsztynie. Zobaczcie występ Matta Duska na żywo w plenerowym studiu Dzień Dobry Wakacje na Wybrzeżu Helskim w Warszawie!

Watch The Video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDZ_rc_0LTM

Live From Sopot Top of the Top Festival

Matt Dusk performs ALL THE WAY live with Edyta Gorniak at the TOP OF THE TOP FESTIVAL in Sopot Poland.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX3crITZ7DA

Matt Dusk to perform with Edyta Gorniak at Sopot Top Of The Top Festival

Piosenkarka pracuje nad nową płytą

Edyta Górniak będzie jednym z gości w nadchodzącym festiwalu w Sopocie. Piosenkarka nie wystąpi jednak sama. Jak zapowiedziała, zaśpiewa z kanadyjską gwiazdą Mattem Duskiem.

Tym z Was, którzy planują przyjazd do Sopotu, chcę dziś przekazać już oficjalnie, iż 23 sierpnia wystąpię w duecie z Mattem Dusk w utworze „ALL THE WAY”, który tak ciepło przyjęliście. – informuje na swoim profilu Facebook gwiazda.

Poza tym by przekazać swoim fanom informację, musiała przerwać nagrania nowej płyty.

Przerywam na chwilę pracę w studio, aby przekazać Wam dobre wieści. Jak widzicie do końca roku wiele będzie się działo. Udział w programie „The Voice of Poland”, praca nad Nową – 8 płytą :))), oraz Festival „TOP of The TOP” – zapowiadają czas bardzo wymagający ode mnie skupienia, koncentracji i oddania. Przygotowuję się równocześnie do kilku dużych wydarzeń i każde z nich jest równorzędnym dla mnie wyzwaniem.- pisze

Miejmy nadzieję, że przerwa nie wpłynie na jakość płyty, która być może będzie sukcesem diwy.

Matt Dusk and Sara Gazarek record song together

From MY FUNNY VALENTINE: THE CHET BAKER SONGBOOK

http://youtu.be/xWoxmKmJO_g

 

Matt Dusk Thrills IlluminAqua Festival Goers

IlluminAqua June 14, 2013, with the incomparable Matt Dusk. Photo by Heidi Grzesina

Sweet, sweet sounds filled the air in Welland June 14 as IlluminAqua featured its two-day 2013 Jazz Festival. Opening for the incomparable Canadian crooner, Matt Dusk, was Welland native, Adrianna Polito, but sight unseen yet upon the approach to the canalside park, one would easily have thought Catherine McKinnon might be on hand. The angelic sound of Polito’s voice, who dreams of being an opera singer and is most inspired by Italian singer, Cecilia Bartoli, mesmerized festival goers and in one song, while paying tribute to her grandfather, his emotional facial response nearly brought tears to everyone nearby.

The half an hour break between opening singer, Polito, and headliner Matt Dusk, had raw anticipation for Dusk visibly hanging in the crowd and when he made his entrance, festival goers, including Niagara College President Dan Patterson and six presidents of colleges in China who accompanied him, erupted in applause.

Canadian crooner and Juno-nominated Dusk is the first male Jazz singer to ever top the pop charts.

Born in Toronto, Dusk has become world renown with two certified gold albums, Two Shots and Good News and three number one radio hits, Back in Town, All About Me, and Good News.

Thrilling the crowd with his latest songs from Live From Las Vegas and My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook, Dusk moved across emotional spectrums from one end to the other, as always, reinforcing his mantra that life is simple; just have fun. The Chet Baker selections were delivered Matt Dusk style, capturing the intended emotions but delivered with endearing equilibrium.

And, as only Matt Dusk does, he emerged from the floating stage to engage with his fans directly, singing, dancing, clapping and encouraging sing-alongs.

Anyone who asks if he is all show quickly discovers Dusk to be quite authentic and very sincere, he truly enjoys interaction with his fans and he truly has the same magnetic personality off stage as well as on. He loves to laugh.

The talent is indisputable.

Originally performing opera and classical music, Dusk’s road changed direction with exposure to Tony Bennett, Bob Fenton and Sarah Vaughan and he graduated from York University with an honours degree in music after being awarded the university’s Oscar Peterson Scholarship.

Recording four independent CD’s in the next two years, Dusk’s 2004 release of Two Shots went gold in Canada. Back in Town was released in 2006, recorded with a 58-piece orchestra, conducted by Patrick Williams and Sammy Nestico, with Grammy winning engineer, Al Schmitt recording.

2008 saw the release of Good News, a contemporary delivery of the 1940s to 1960s jazz era.

The soundtrack to a TV series, Call Me Fitz, was Dusk’s next recording in 2010 and later that year, a live DVD concert special for PBS, Live From Las Vegas, was recorded live and released as a double CD/DVD.

2013 brought the release of My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook, featuring an 80-piece orchestra and numerous special guests.

Dusk is Canadian gold, his influence reaching worldwide. Loved dearly in Poland and Japan, Dusk recently joined Lang Lang in a “first time ever hosted concert” at Carnegie Hall, to benefit his charitable foundation, The Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Together with Lang Lang and artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joshua Bell, Renee Flemng and Danish pop diva, Oh Land, $1.3 million was raised for the foundation.

Dusk was named “most beautiful” by Hello Canada magazine in 2009, and while he takes the award in stride and with his usual comedic quips, any time spent with him at all, clearly shows why.

Dusk, in his usual style, was immediately available after the concert to talk to and take pictures with his fans, old and new. CDs for sale on a table nearby were “flying off the shelf”, as they say, with Dusk contributing a portion of the sales to two brave breast cancer survivors who took to the stage, fundraising, prior to Dusk’s performance.

IlluminAqua continues June 15, with an afternoon lineup including Juliette Dunn and Peter Shea, followed by headliner Emilie Claire Barlow with opening act, Roger Clown’s Jazzroots Tutorial 101.

IlluminAqua will present its Folk Festival July 5 to July 6, featuring Current Swell with opening act, Street Pharmacy July 5 and Sarah Harmer with opening act, The Treasures Band, July 6.

For more information, see the following websites:

http://www.illuminaqua.com/EN/headliners.htm

Matt Dusk’s website:

http://www.mattdusk.com/

mailto:hgrzesina@newsinportcolborne.com

Matt Dusk helps Lang Lang raise $1.3 million for foundation

NEW YORK, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Montblanc proudly announces that the Chairman of their Cultural Foundation, Lang Lang for the first time ever hosted a concert to benefit his eponymous charitable foundation, The Lang Lang International Music Foundation, at Carnegie Hall last night, June 3, 2013. Alec Baldwin, accompanied by wife Hilaria Thomas, hosted the inaugural gala for music enthusiasts, artists, including Grammy Award winner John Legend, and philanthropists alike who not only enjoyed a live performance by the esteemed concert pianist, but also special performances by Grammy and Tony Award winning jazz artist, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Grammy Award-winning violinist, Joshua Bell, American Soprano Renee Fleming, and Danish pop diva, Oh Land.  The artists were not only on hand to support their peer’s charitable endeavor, but also to toast his birthday. Finally, the evening featured Young Scholars of the Foundation, Canadian Native and June Awards Nominee, Matt Dusk and model Johannes Huebl, with all proceeds benefitting the foundation.

Matt chats with students at Olysztyn Poland High School

Nazywany Frankiem Sinatrą XXI wieku Matt Dusk odwiedził we wtorek uczniów gimnazjum i liceum akademickiego. Nie była to jego pierwsza wizyta w stolicy regionu, bo stąd pochodzi jego życiowa partnerka.

Matt Dusk zdobywa coraz większą popularność w naszym kraju. Muzyk ma na swoim koncie siedem albumów, w tym “Back In Town” nagrany z 58-osobową orkiestrą. Na jego ostatniej płycie “My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook” gościnnie wystąpiła m.in. Edyta Górniak.

We wtorek artysta ze swoją partnerką gościł w Olsztynie. Skorzystał z zaproszenia, by spotkać się z uczniami Gimnazjum nr 23 i XII Liceum Ogólnokształcącego przy ul. Bałtyckiej.

Choć jak przyznawał, nigdy nie przemawiał do tak młodej widowni, to szybko udało mu się nawiązać z nią kontakt. Spotkanie od początku przebiegało w wesołej atmosferze. Kiedy na pytanie artysty, czy w ogóle wiedzą, kim jest, młodzi ludzie odpowiedzieli twierdząco, ten uznał, że pewnie kłamią i po prostu nie chcieli mieć lekcji, czym wzbudził salwy śmiechu.

Muzyk opowiedział uczniom o swojej pasji, czyli muzyce, a także wokalnych początkach. – Zacząłem śpiewać, kiedy miałem sześć lat. Wówczas to rodzice zadecydowali za mnie i zaprowadzili mnie do kościelnego chóru. Kiedy już byłem starszy, to muzyka pomagała mi podrywać dziewczyny – śmiał się Kanadyjczyk. Artysta odpowiadał także na pytania. Młodych ludzi interesowało m.in., czy oprócz śpiewania, muzyk potrafi grać na instrumentach. W ramach odpowiedzi Matt zasiadł do pianina i zaśpiewał jeden ze swoich utworów.

 

http://olsztyn.gazeta.pl/olsztyn/1,35189,13956874,Co_za_wizyta__Gwiazda_z_Kanady_w_olsztynskiej_szkole.html#TRLokOlszTxt

 

Matt Dusk Performs on Dzień Dobry – TV – In Poland

Został okrzyknięty jednym z 50 najpiękniejszych ludzi świata. Jego atrybutami są: nienaganne maniery, garnitur, swing i… polska dziewczyna. Matt Dusk, niedoszły absolwent ekonomii i Frank Sinatra XXI wieku, był gościem w studiu Dzień Dobry TVN. Towarzyszyła mu partnerka – Julita Borko.

http://dziendobry.tvn.pl/wideo,2064,n/matt-dusk-o-wspolpracy-z-edyta-gorniak,87704.html

Jazztimes.com review of MY FUNNY VALENTINE

05/20/13

Matt Dusk
My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook
E1 Music

By Christopher Loudon

 http://jazztimes.com/articles/87245-my-funny-valentine-the-chet-baker-songbook-matt-dusk

Vocal tributes to Chet Baker have, of late, become a mini-industry. While the vast majority of interpreters have gotten it wrong, confusing Baker’s personal pathos with his music, crooner Matt Dusk succeeds by resisting the temptation to don a misrepresentative mask of tragedy. Instead, he opts to simply be himself. My Funny Valentine could just as easily be a tribute to Sinatra, with whom several selections, including “Angel Eyes” and “All the Way,” are more closely associated.

Across 12 tracks, Dusk alternates between swingin’ loose and light, à la Sinatra’s early Capitol days, and making more grandiose musical statements, as the Chairman was wont to do during his later Reprise years. The arrangements, variously crafted by Shelly Berger, Rick Wilkins and Ryan Ahlwardt, add additional distance, recalling the vibrant Nelson Riddle and Billy May charts that were essential to Sinatra’s midcareer rebound.

Still, Baker’s presence is occasionally felt, the haunted beauty of his horn playing evident on three tracks skillfully embellished by Arturo Sandoval, including a deliciously sultry “Let’s Get Lost,” and on a fragile “Someone to Watch Over Me” gently propelled by Guido Basso. Conversely, Ahlwardt’s attempt to echo Baker’s vocal etherealness while backing Dusk on the closing “I Fall in Love Too Easily” proves misguided, sounding instead like an over-stylized Art Garfunkel.