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John Alcorn


JOHN ALCORN (vocalist) was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but raised in Trinidad, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and New Hampshire. He first began performing while in high school. Upon moving back to Toronto, he quickly established himself as a versatile and dynamic performer a leading talent booker once called "the quintessential all-round performer".

He has been a musical mainstay on the Toronto scene since the mid-1990s working in a wide spectrum of musical formats that run the range from small group settings to larger string and big band ensembles. He has delivered his classy distinctive renditions of jazz standards and Great American Songbook classics from hundreds of the most prestigious bandstands and concert stages across Canada, and his recordings, featuring some of the most distinguished jazz artists in their own right, have logged airplay in more than 20 countries around the globe.


1997 – Earned a Dora Mavor Moore Award as Music Director and Composer for Theresa Tova’s Still The Night

1999 - Named the Jazz Report Awards' 'Male Vocalist of the Year'

2004 - Nominated in the National Jazz Awards' 'Best Jazz Vocals' category

2008 – National Jazz Awards nominee as ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’


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