CANADIAN JAZZ & BIG BAND CROONER – VINCENT WOLFE With three critically acclaimed CDs and hundreds of club, concert and festival dates under his belt, Toronto’s favourite crooner Vincent Wolfe continues to wow audiences in Canada and in the U.S. His talent has earned praise from revered jazz vocalists Marlena Shaw, Sheila Jordan, Carol Sloane, and jazz-soul diva Jean Carne, while his voice has been described by Manhattan Transfer founding member Laurel Massé as “somewhere between Chet Baker and Mel Tormé – a wonderful place to be!” After accompanying him during a recent concert appearance at Hugh’s Room, renowned veteran jazz pianist Norm Amadio was quoted by the media, saying "… take that Vincent Wolfe, he's going to be a star!" Indeed, Global Television’s award-winning journalist and long-time entertainment reporter, John R. Kennedy, has long contended that Vincent Wolfe is “a star-in-waiting.” Wolfe's career has progressed like quiet thunder, earning the popular vocalist a reputation as a charismatic performer with an ever-expanding fan base. Admired for his warm, velvety voice and relaxed charm, Vincent Wolfe is also a natural storyteller. His patter before, during, and between songs is often hilarious and his spontaneous interplay with both band and audience invites the listener in like a valued friend. For the last three years, Vincent has been wowing jazz and big band enthusiasts, crooning his heart out with Toronto’s Bob Cary Orchestra and the George Lake Big Band. Prior to that, he spent the last decade carving out a reputation as one of the most original and promising jazz/cabaret performers on the national music scene. The Legendary late cabaret diva Julie Wilson has likened Wolfe’s vocal style to that of jazz icon Mel Tormé, while the Toronto Star’s review of his first album compared his sound to Johnny Hartman. Stateside, he’s appeared at famed jazz venues like Blues Alley, Sculler’s, the Apollo Theatre, Birdland, the Iridium and the Chicago Hilton. His 2008 cabaret debut in New York City at The West Bank Café, garnered Vincent a prestigious MAC Award nomination for “Best Newcomer.” He has also performed in Montreal, Quebec City, Europe, South America and spent two years working on the famed Cunard cruise ships, where he sang with the Queen’s Room salon orchestra, the Chart Room jazz trio, the Royal Cunard Big Band and then graduated to variety show appearances, headlining with the Royal Court Theatre Orchestra. Vincent Wolfe is currently wrapping up production of his brand new headliner show entitled “As Long As I’m Singing,” with Toronto’s newest little big band: the VegasNorth Orchestra. “As Long As I’m Singing” showcases exciting original arrangements of new and old big band favourites, as well as jazz-flavoured pop and Latin selections, masterfully orchestrated by conductor Anthony Rice. The response to previews of Vincent Wolfe’s new show have been overwhelmingly positive. An international tour is in the planning stages for 2015 as well as a big band studio album.