Matt Dusk and Sara Gazarek record song together



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.

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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 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, czy oprócz śpiewania, muzyk potrafi grać na instrumentach. W ramach odpowiedzi Matt zasiadł do pianina i zaśpiewał jeden ze swoich utworów.,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.,2064,n/matt-dusk-o-wspolpracy-z-edyta-gorniak,87704.html review of MY FUNNY VALENTINE


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

By Christopher Loudon

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.

Matt Dusk named “most beautiful” by Hello Magazine

Hello Canada magazine profiles Canada's 50 Most Beautiful Stars for May 27, 2013 edition, featuring Avril Lavigne on the cover.

Hello Canada magazine profiles Canada’s 50 Most Beautiful Stars for May 27, 2013 edition, featuring Avril Lavigne on the cover.

By: Living Reporter, Published on Thu May 09 2013

So what if People magazine anointed Gwyneth Paltrow as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2013? We have Avril Lavigne.

Hello! Canada published its annual list of this country’s 50 most beautiful people on Thursday, May 9, and chose Lavigne for the top spot: cover girl. Editor-in-chief Alison Eastwood explained that the singer from Napanee, Ont., was picked for her professional and personal hotness — a recent new single and a fiancé, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger — as well as her good looks.

“She’s gorgeous,” says Eastwood. “I’m most excited that she’s wearing an outfit that isn’t black on the cover.”

Some of the 50 names — Shania Twain, Rachel McAdams, Michael Bublé — are repeats from previous lists. “Definite perennial favourites are the two Ryans,” says the editor: Gosling and Reynolds, that is.

Fresh faces this year include actors Stephen Amell (Arrow), Adam Korson (Seed) and Kandyse McClure (Hemlock Grove), and singer Victoria Duffield.

“We look not just for celebrities genetically blessed, but ones who are also really hot in 2013,” says Eastwood with a laugh. “It’s not entirely scientific.”

Beauty is in the eye of 30 panellists who argue their choices. “We take over a boardroom and paper the walls and table with headshots, like a model agency casting call,” she explains.

Besides Hollywood types, the list includes CBC anchor Amanda Lang, chef Cory Vitiello, ballet dancer Sonia Rodriguez and two athletes: tennis player Milos Raonic and hockey’s Sidney Crosby.

But no politicians. Justin Trudeau’s name did come up, Eastwood says, but there were scheduling problems.

Maybe next year.

The list

Here are Hello! Canada’s 50 most beautiful people, listed alphabetically along with their primary occupations and hometowns:

Stephen Amell, actor, Toronto

Will Arnett, actor, Toronto

Justin Bieber, singer, Stratford, Ont.

Jean-Luc Bilodeau, actor, Vancouver

Dean Brody, singer, Jaffray, B.C.

Michael Bublé, singer, Burnaby, B.C.

Sidney Crosby, hockey player, Cole Harbour, N.S.

Antonio Cupo, actor, Vancouver

Victoria Duffield, singer, Abbotsford, B.C.

Matt Dusk, singer, Toronto

Nathan Fillion, actor, Edmonton

Mitsou Gélinas, radio host, Montreal

Ryan Gosling, actor, Cornwall, Ont.

Pascale Hutton, actress, Creston, B.C.

Carly Rae Jepsen, singer, Mission, B.C.

Sean Jones, singer, Toronto

Tanya Kim, TV host, Sault Ste. Marie

Adam Korson, actor, Thornhill

Kristin Kreuk, actress, Vancouver

Amanda Lang, TV host, Ottawa

Avril Lavigne, singer, Napanee, Ont.

Dan Levy, TV host, Toronto

Raine Maida, singer, Toronto

Rachel McAdams, actress, St. Thomas, Ont.

Kandyse McClure, actress, Vancouver

Tracy Moore, TV host, Richmond Hill

Ashley Diana Morris, model, Toronto

Alanis Morissette, singer, Ottawa

Enuka Okuma, actress, Vancouver

Ellen Page, actress, Halifax

Jessica Paré, actress, Montreal

Jason Priestley, actor, Vancouver

Milos Raonic, tennis player, Thornhill

Lisa Ray, TV host, Toronto

Ryan Reynolds, actor, Vancouver

Ed Robertson, singer, Toronto

Sonia Rodriguez, dancer, Toronto

Anna Silk, actress, Fredericton, N.B.

Hannah Simone, actress, Calgary

Cobie Smulders, actress, Vancouver

Scott Speedman, actor, Toronto

Jessica Stam, model, Kincardine, Ont.

George Stroumboulopoulos, TV host, Toronto

David Sutcliffe, actor, Saskatoon

Shania Twain, singer, Timmins, Ont.

Emily VanCamp, actress, Port Perry, Ont.

Cory Vitiello, chef, Brantford, Ont.

Roz Weston, TV reporter, Acton, Ont.

Ellen Wong, actress, Toronto

Kevin Zegers, actor, Woodstock, Ont.

All The Way (duet with Edyta Gorniak) goes number one on Singles Chart!

Territory: Poland


Jazz and Improvised: My Funny Valentine – The Chet Baker Songbook – Matt Dusk

Written by Cathy Riches
Friday, 29 March 2013 10:36
01 Matt Dusk

My Funny Valentine –
The Chet Baker Songbook
Matt Dusk
Eone Music
mattdusk.comToronto-based singer Matt Dusk has just released My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook. Given the title, one might think the album would bear some resemblance to the late singer and trumpet player’s work. While many of the songs on the disc were signatures for Baker, he was not a songwriter and these are standards that have been covered by many, many performers over the years. Additionally, Dusk — a self-described crooner — has a very different singing style than Baker, who had a quiet and vulnerable approach to song delivery. To their credit, neither Dusk nor guest trumpeters Arturo Sandoval and Guido Basso attempt to imitate Baker’s sound. All are fine musicians in their own right and take their own approach.

So if it’s not really about Chet Baker then what is it? Dusk and team (co-producers Terry Sawchuk and Shelly Berger) set out to “recreate a nostalgic musical experience” by producing a substantial album with a musical narrative intended to take the listener on a journey. In that they have succeeded utterly. The beautiful artwork and photographs — mostly of Dusk in various suits and settings — evoke years gone by. And the music, complete with horns and sweeping orchestral arrangements, has style and heft. Baker was a poster boy for the spare, laid back West Coast/cool jazz sound and his most popular music was performed with just a quartet. So, certainly enjoy Dusk’s album on its own merits, but listen to the original for a sense of what Baker was all about.


CMW Preview: Jazz Crooner Matt Dusk On Chet Baker, Fashion And Success

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By: Curtis Sindrey

Jazz is ripe with tradition and history, and while many people cling to that history and its stars, Canadian crooners like Toronto’s Matt Dusk has taken what he has learned from the greats and molded it for a modern audience. With his new album My Funny Valentine: A Chet Baker Songbook, Dusk channels talented, yet troubled trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker, and its his goal to bring Baker’s unique style of west coast jazz to the east coast and beyond.

“Chet Baker is one of those guys that a lot of my peers know about but the public are aloof to him,” Dusk says. “He was a popular guy back in the ‘50s and ‘60s but he never crossed over into that teeny-bopper, Frank Sinatra status.”

“With this record I wanted to put a different spin on it in terms of making it more my sound and hoping that when people listen to my music they’ll go back and discover who Chet Baker was and why he was important in the grand scheme of jazz, specifically west coast jazz.”

Dusk wanted to illustrate Baker’s genius, not by regurgitating his greatest hits, but by diving deeper into his extensive career, he wanted to rejuvenate a string of Baker’s late-career gems to show a different side of the troubled star.

“There were a few songs that I had to put on [the album] like “My Funny Valentine” and “Time After Time,” Dusk explains. “I found that near the end of his career when he was on his way out, there was a certain innocence to the way he played on songs like “All The Way” and “Come Rain or Come Shine,” so I want people to listen to not only “My Funny Valentine” but also his lesser known songs too.”

“[Chet Baker] was a popular guy back in the ‘50s and ‘60s but he never crossed over into that teeny-bopper, Frank Sinatra status.”

As more young singers burst into the industry, many aren’t turning to jazz standards, but instead pillowy pop tunes or club-thumping dance music. Dusk says that jazz is an acquired taste, and that whatever you sing; you have more competition than Chet Baker ever did.

“Young people will always be into pop music because it’s what their peers listen to and it’s free,” he says. “In the past, recording a record was such a different process because there was less of it, and less stars and now there’s not just one Chet Baker, there are three and a half of him, so it’s quite difficult to endure over the years because eventually you’ll be forgotten which is fine, I’m okay with that.”

If jazz is more your thing and you eventually want to become the next Michael Bublé, Dusk says that in order to succeed, your show has to be your number one priority.

“You have to be undeniably amazing in a live setting and you can’t replace that,” he says. “Artists spend months, maybe years making a record and they spend two weeks putting together their live show, it’s absolutely ludicrous because the live performance is where you communicate the idea and if you play in front of 20 people and you sell five CDs, that’s five new people who are your fans who want more of your music, but that only comes from live performance.”

How “packaged” are jazz singers these days? Are the crisp suits and shiny shoes just part of a strategy to sell more records? Dusk doesn’t think so. He’s been into suits since his childhood where he grew up with The Rat Pack and Hollywood movie stars like Cary Grant, who has served as a style icon to Dusk since he was a teenager.

“Wearing clothes is like wearing a costume at a Halloween party,” he says. “You are exuding an image and suits and the type of imagery that you see on the packaging is very reflective of the era that I’m singing from so why not go along with that.”

Dusk admits that he bought suits at Goodwill during his early career, but as he matured he recognized the importance of a good tailor and knowing how you want to look.

“Make sure that you’re wearing clothes that fit you,” Dusk says. “And if you’re unsure take it to a tailor because ultimately it has to fit you because what looks great on a mannequin might not look good on you.”

“The problem is that tailors are more difficult to find, they’re hidden, and if you find a good one don’t tell your friends or it will take you two months to get your jacket back.”

For the past several years, the music industry has evolved in such a way that fans are more inclined to purchase individual MP3s rather than full albums like they once did. Dusk says that there will always be a dedicated fan base for jazz artists because the genre caters to members of a certain lifestyle that still consumes full albums.

“[Nearly] 95 percent of my scans on this record have been full album purchases,” Dusk explains. “And the reason is that the music that I perform is more of a lifestyle music where people are now so used to pop artists putting out one or two great tracks and then filling out a record of sub-average songs and for jazz and classical artists, there will always be people who buy the full album.”

“You can spend little time and make millions of dollars as a musician or you can spend your whole life [making music] and make less than $7,000.”

With the release of a recent Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) study, which concluded that Canadian artists spent 29 hours a week pursuing music and made $7,228 per year from music in 2011, the financial future of Canadian artists might look bleak, but Dusk argues that musicians must create their own opportunities and work hard, if not harder than their peers.

“When I started I wasn’t even making seven grand and I was spending more than 29 hours a week [creating music],” he says. “Ultimately, you can spend little time and make millions of dollars as a musician or you can spend your whole life [making music] and make less than $7,000.”

“Right now, I’m rehearsing and I do that for a minimum of three to four hours a day if I’m not on the road and if I am on the road I’m doing double that and if you put in 29 hours a week and you’re not succeeding in some way, you need to see why you’re not succeeding and to make a critique. Music is one of those things where we don’t really understand why some things work and why others don’t, but rehearsing and getting better will always make you have a better chance.”

Success has never been a priority for Dusk, who “always aspires to something better and higher,” and he says that you have to allow yourself to accept the gift that music brings.

“The fact that I get to do music for a living is success in itself,” Dusk says. “But the interesting thing about music is that it’s a bottomless pit and you always learn from it, so if you lose sight of that, than you lose [the reason] why music is awesome. Music doesn’t ask for anything, it just constantly gives and if you can’t take what it’s giving you than your learning will be [halted] by your own ego.”