Canadian crooner Matt Dusk is nominated for a JUNO award this weekend for his gorgeous recording "My Funny Valentine - The Chet Baker Songbook". Matt stopped by the Classic 107 studio to talk with Jazz After 9 host Neil Coligan.
Matt talked to Neil about discovering Chet Baker, his feelings on "crooning" vs. "jazz" and what song still gives him goosebumps every time he hears it.
On his website, Matt talks a bit about how he fell inlove with Chet Baker.
"When I was growing up, I listened to what normal kids listened to: pop music. But in our house, my parents had the radio tuned to the classical station, however, at night they played jazz,” recalls the former choir boy. “And that’s how I discovered jazz; specifically Chet Baker. I remember saving my allowance, then heading to the record store where I’d rummage through the bins looking for his music. I eventually got a trumpet, learned how to play, but I quickly learned that should left to the professionals! When I made this record, I wanted to go back to my roots and pay homage to the artists who influenced me, one of them being Chet Baker.”
To hear more, listen to Neil's interview with Matt Dusk below.