Diana Panton has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. Her ethereal voice and strong aesthetic vision have earned her numerous honours, including a JUNO win for her RED release, three prior JUNO nominations, two SILVER DISC AWARDS in Japan, eight Hamilton Music Awards and a host of nominations for the National Jazz Awards, as well as the Canadian and American Indies. All seven of her critically acclaimed self-produced albums have made it onto numerous TOP 10 jazz lists, including those of Japan’s Jazz Critique Magazine, NOW Magazine and The Montreal Mirror and year-end Bestseller lists in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan. She has appeared on the magazine covers of NOW, VIEW, InRetro etc. She was one of four vocalists selected worldwide to perform in France at Jazz à Juan Révélations where she was voted Première Dauphine by the Juan public. With a growing following in Asia and Canada, this vocalist is definitely a star on the rise and a singer to watch (and listen for). CBC radio host, Tim Tamashiro, recently named Panton “One of the Canada’s Top Five Female Jazz Singers.”
Don Thompson is considered one of Canada’s finest jazz musicians. Thompson has performed extensively with the top players in the jazz world, including the legendary John Handy Quintet with whom he recorded “Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival”, Maynard Ferguson, Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass, Moe Koman, etc. In 1974, Thompson toured Europe, Japan and North America as a member of guitarist Jim Hall’s trio. In 1982, he joined George Shearing with whom he played major international festivals and concert halls, including highlight concerts at Carnegie Hall and Birdland. In 2000, he teamed up once again with Jim Hall for a concert at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Over the years, Thompson has maintained ongoing playing relationships with Kenny Wheeler, Joanne
Brackeen, Fred Hersch, John Abercrombie and John Handy. Thomspon’s numerous distinctions include the Oscar Peterson Award from the Montreal Jazz Festival, several National Jazz Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art of Jazz. Don’s significant contributions to Canadian culture were acknowledged when he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest honour bestowed by the Canadian government. In 2008, Don won his third Juno Award for his CD “Ask Me Later”. Don appears on all of Diana Panton’s albums.