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.”



Canadian Crooner, Matt Dusk, sits down with Press+1 (Kindah Mardam Bey) to talk about his new album “My Funny Valentine: A Chet Baker Songbook”, out in stores now. This was a fun interview, so check it out!




Chet Baker – a sadder Sinatra, a mellower Miles.  His fan club is significantly smaller, almost a cult really, beloved as a jazz man that should have been bigger, but sabotaged his career.  It’s the old story from jazz, drugs making a mess of the talent.  Yet he left a lot of excellence, and was a rare threat on two instruments, his trumpet, and his voice.

Baker’s best known for the definitive reading of My Funny Valentine, and it of course must kick off this examination of his songbook.  Oh, and hats off to Dusk, it’s a bold choice to cover the Baker book.  After all, it’s not exactly widely known.  Chet’s versions anyway.  Many of the tunes he favoured were standards, including Time After Time by Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne, Embraceable You by the Gershwins, and Mercer/Arlen’s Come Rain Or Come Shine.  Dusk nails it in the liner notes, saying Baker had a remarkably quiet voice, pouring all the emotion into a delicate reading rather than a crooner’s use of volume.  Dusk has, technically, a better voice, and here does a fine job keeping it soft.  It’s not as sad as Baker sang, but of course, you could hear the serious blues the man carried around.

The album features tremendous arrangements throughout, especially on the orchestral tracks.  Being careful not to overwhelm the vocals, there’s a great live feel to the strings and horns, and a big symphonic section, complete with grand splashes of percussion.  Woodwind openings give way to washes of strings, gentle accents in place after almost every vocal line.  Harp!  Piccolo!  Thanks for the richness, folks.  It’s appreciated.  And the guest who drop by are there for excellent reasons, including the legendary Sandoval, soloing on trumpet and flugelhorn on three tracks, Guido Basso flugeling on another, and Emilie-Claire Barlow dropping in for a duet on Embraceable You.  Get lost in this.

Canadian crooner Matt Dusk has a new album out. Perfromance on CHCH.