he Toronto Star calls him “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.”
John Alcorn is one of Canada’s premiere jazz vocalists, delivering his distinctive renditions of jazz standards on the most prestigious bandstands and concert stages across Canada. His list of citations and acknowledgements in music and theatre includes both Jazz Report (Male Vocalist of the Year) and Dora (Outstanding Music) awards.
His latest recording, Flying Without Wings (2016), features an all-star Canadian trio – Reg Schwager (guitar), Mark Eisenman (piano) and Steve Wallace (bass) – along with New York great, Warren Vaché (cornet).
Previous releases include Quiet Night, his first CD of jazz standards, in 2003. It garnered virtually unanimous praise from critics and fans — and introduced John to an international audience, receiving radio airplay in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, India, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Republic of Belarus, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Wales — as well as Canada and the USA.
As composer, lyricist, musical director and arranger, Alcorn has made significant contributions to numerous theatrical productions. The Daisy Theatre, currently touring internationally, for which he composed and recorded the full score (“John Alcorn’s sometimes spare, sometimes lush sound design, is gorgeous.” – straight.com), is one of several collaborations with renowned theatre artist Ronnie Burkett.
While the public knows him best as a singer and composer, Alcorn also has a passion for producing.
The East Coast Music Awards (2001) acknowledged his very first production project (The Second Time Around, Diane Alcorn – his mother!) with a Jazz Album of the Year nomination. Alcorn produced his own CD, Quiet Night, for which he received a 2004 National Jazz Awards nomination.