“To Brazil With Love” from vocalist/composer Diana Panton is a perfect jewel of a CD. Each delightful track is an exquisitely manicured musical facet, set firmly in the Brazilian idiom and seamlessly sung in French and English by Panton. Her diaphanous vocal sound never insists and her high speed vibrato is like the beat of a hummingbird’s heart – natural, untainted and pure.click to read full review.
Many CDs are shooting for at least a bit of the classic burnished beauty and heartfelt lyricism that's abundantly audible on Pink. For whatever reasons, they fall short. For Panton, it just seems to come naturally.
Panton is now one of the top jazz singers in the country. Her first album, Yesterday Perhaps, won Panton praise from jazz aficionados across the country. Last year, her second CD, If the Moon Turns Green, earned her a Juno nomination. Tonight, at a sold-out concert at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Panton introduces her third CD, Pink, to her local fans. It promises even better things for Panton.
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"... Diana has an innate sense of timing, because from the time she began recording, a steady growing success has followed. Practical timing is everything. But it will be the genius behind it all that will lead this talent to the standalone, successful music career she so deserves.". . . .
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Since her debut "Yesterday Perhaps" was released in 2005, acclaim for Panton has been steadily growing, with local raves turning to national attention -- and now, the nomination for this Sunday's Juno Awards in Vancouver (CTV, check local listings). The singer, who functions as her own manager, booking agent, publicist and record label, has maintained control over virtually every part of her career. Though she was caught off guard by the nomination, her peers weren't. "She's a complete original. She doesn't do anything like anybody else," says veteran Canadian jazz musician Don Thompson, who has frequently collaborated with Panton. . . . more
Since being discovered as a teenager, flame-haired jazz vocalist Diana Panton has had no trouble finding the spotlight. She might not naturally seek it out, mind you. The retiring Westdale Secondary School teacher is more interested in performing with inspired musicians in a studio or small club than playing to a huge room. But a huge room is what she’ll get when she appears this July as part of the legendary Juan-Les-Pins Jazz Festival in Antibes, France. . . . more
There has been a lot of buzz around Diana Panton since her first CD was released in 2005, and as all of us cynics know, sometimes buzz is justified and sometimes it isn’t. In Panton’s case, I am happy to add my voice to the chorus of praise and report that the buzz is utterly justified. Her second CD “If the Moon Turns Green” is a gorgeous collection of star-and –moon-themed standards . . . more
At the early age of 19, Diana Panton was turning heads. Becoming a stand out with early appearances with the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band and concerts with pianist David Braid, it took nearly a decade but Panton realized her first CD in 2005 with …yesterday perhaps. Acclaimed by the national media as one of the year’s best jazz works, it’s now taken two years for Panton sophomore CD, but it was well worth the wait . . . . more
Could the hottest young jazz singing prospect in Canada be a high school French teacher in Hamilton? Sure, it seems crazy, and having grown up in the Steel City myself just increases my skepticism. But once you hear Diana Panton breathe new life into familiar standards and make Frank Sinatra's closing-time classic In The Wee Small Hours into her own private lullaby, you'll realize, as I have, that there's something very special about this Westdale Secondary School staffer. . . . more
Diana Panton. If you don’t know the name, you should (and will). But more importantly, you want to get to know the voice. As jazz vocalists’ instruments go, hers is unique, though you’ll find hints of the past there too, if you listen—the girlishness of Ella Fitzgerald, the authority and skill of a Sarah Vaughan, occasionally even the world–weariness of a Billie Holiday. Those are some pretty big names from which to draw comparison, but the correlations are apt and free of hyperbole. Diana Panton is just that good . . . more
"Her name is Diana Panton and she has one of the loveliest voices I think I've ever heard ..."
Tim Tamashiro, weekend host of the CBC Radio 2 jazz show Tonic
When the great singer Sheila Jordan said Diana Panton “sounds like the sweetest bird you’ll ever hear,” she helped define some of the ephemeral delicacy that marks Panton as unique. She’s a superb singer of romantic ballads, capable of capturing and expanding the most fleeting of moods.
Stuart Broomer, Arts & Entertainment, Toronto Life - May 2010
This Hamilton French teacher has had her vocal career consistently praised for being something special. Tim Perlich said in NOW Magazine, “The aesthetic choices she makes are too astute, too tasteful and just too darn on-the-money for a rookie.” With a National Jazz Award nomination and a Juno nomination to her credit, this vocalist is on the brink of something big ... " Stephania Paternak, The Buzz May 2010, Soundboard
"The aesthetic choices she makes are too astute, too tasteful and just too darn on the money for a rookie"
Tim Perlich, NOW magazine
"Diana is one of Canada's best emerging jazz vocalists, and she is being accompanied by incredible musicians - Guido Basso, Reg Schwager and Don Thompson - three of the biggest names in jazz in Canada. Often with jazz vocalists their first CD is their best, but with Diana her second was even better!" Alfredo Cajax, London's Sunfest artistic director.
“Aesthetically wonderful!” Dr. Yusef Lateef, saxophonist, Jazz in July
“She brings to each song that perfect combination of words and music – words so naturally phrased they seem as easy as conversation, music so deliciously supported and coloured by a voice that can do whatever it wishes to express the deepest emotions.” Hugh Fraser, Hamilton Spectator
“She’s so soulful … I know she means every word she sings.” Sheila Jordan, Vocalist
“She really knocked me out (the first time I heard her sing). She was so young but she had a lot of real feeling. It surprised me right away.” Don Thompson, pianist, bassist, vibraphonist
“… Panton is surely one of Hamilton’s best-kept musical secrets.” Leonard Turnevicius, Hamilton Spectator
“Diana is an amazing young Canadian talent …” Dan Sich, !earshot year-end picks 2005