John Alcorn


1997 — Dora Mavor Moore Award
Outstanding Sound or Music

1999 — Jazz Report Award
Male Vocalist of the Year

2004 — National Jazz Award
Vocalist of the Year nominee

2007 — National Jazz Award
Male Vocalist of the Year nominee

2007 — Harold Award
For outstanding contributions to Toronto Independent Theatre

2008 — Live Music Report
Top Concerts for 2007 – John Alcorn Trio at The Savoy (Toronto Jazz Festival)

2008 — National Jazz Award
Male Vocalist of the Year nominee

2009 — National Jazz Award
Male Vocalist of the Year nominee

Quotes from the Media

“One of Canada’s most sensational song interpreters”

“He’s wonderful.”
–Mooney on Theatre

Concert review: John Alcorn debuts new Songbook program that bucks the tide
Full Review by Robert Cushman
–National Post 

“When it comes to the American songbook, there might not be a better keeper of its flame than John Alcorn. His personal approach finds the singer infusing the material with burning passion, but never at the expense of a song’s details.”
–The WholeNote

“…can sing as well as anyone in jazz today.”
–All About Jazz

“I want him in my living room.”
–Now Magazine

“…wonderful, heavenly sounds and sights…sophistication, showmanship and understated panache…sultry, flirtatious and humorous…playing with the words and growling through some of the phrasing…ranging from low and raspy to open-the-floodgates intense…Mr. Alcorn, as a performer, radiates whatever he is singing. He doesn’t just sing the song. He makes the music come alive…”
–The Live Music Report

“…one of our finest interpreters of the “great American songbook,” an artist who always knows how to walk the fine line between respecting the material and offering an original interpretation.”
–Toronto Star

“…one of the most exciting vocal interpreters to appear on the scene in many years, Alcorn is the consummate vocal artist combining intuition, musicality and good taste.”

“…sophisticated…one of the city’s best cabaret performers…”
–Globe And Mail

“…magical music man…musician hipster extraordinaire……Alcorn and his quartet elegantly delivered standards steeped in retro sophistication…Alcorn cuts a mean interpretation a la young Tony Bennett without wallowing in the sentimental nostalgia of a Michael Feinstein…he might indulge in That Old Black Magic but Alcorn isn’t hypnotized by it. And that, ultimately, cast a much more relevant spell.”
–Now Magazine

“…urban romantic…bona fide cabaret king…”
–Toronto Sun

“…wrap-around vocal warmth and a projection that creates his own musical signature…keeps his audience on the edge of their seats, which is why he gets standing ovations.”

“…Alcorn’s true strength is his smoky, sentimental style…”
–The Record

“…Alcorn could be the next Harry Connick Jr. He’s that suave, that international, that good. Both refined and a refiner, he gives a touch of class even to a Neil Young song.”

“…the man Brian Ferry wishes he was…”
–Exclaim Magazine

“…gorgeous Canadian crooner…”
–Eye Weekly




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