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Diana Panton

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Hamilton, Toronto ON, Canada

Diana Panton is a jazz vocalist who hails from Hamilton, Canada.

When legendary Canadian multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson first heard Panton sing at age 19, he recommended she audition for the reputed jazz workshop at the Banff Center for the Arts (Canada). There, she studied under Norma Winstone (and, in subsequent visits, Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton).

While at Banff, Panton was invited to perform with Thompson at the famed Blue Room. “She really knocked me out that night,” Thompson said. “She was so young but she had a lot of depth and real feeling. It surprised me right away.” Following that performance, Thompson told Panton to contact him when she was ready to record an album. She did - some 10 years later!

Before recording her first album, Panton first completed an honours masters degree in French literature and fulfilled a teaching engagement at the University of Paris (France), followed by a position as a sessional lecturer at McMaster University (Canada). She then completed a teaching degree. During this time, she also produced and performed a number of sold-out concerts with emerging jazz prodigy, pianist David Braid.

When the time finally arrived to go into the studio, national award-winning guitarist Reg Schwager was invited to join Don Thompson for some stellar accompaniment behind Panton’s vocals. The result: Panton was featured on the covers of Toronto’s Now Magazine (Feb 2006) and Hamilton’s View Magazine (July 2005).

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  • Qk-time

    diana panton, i love her voice !

    22 Jul 10:08am Reply
  • signoreguisis

    Would very much like her version of Me myself and I....Its just the best I've ever heard

    12 Feb 2011 Reply

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