Matt Dusk: Old School Yule!www.mattdusk.com/
The holiday season is a time of cold weather, gifts and candy canes; but, for the adult crowd, it’s also about cocktails, carols and crooning. And the best way to catch the spirit of the three ‘cs’ is through the popular touring show Old School Yule: A Matt Dusk Christmas, which returns to the TD Sunfest holiday lineup this December. Dusk is one of Canada’s most beloved male vocalists, who has forged a career in music that has resulted in a string of critically-acclaimed studio albums and DVDs (attaining Gold and Platinum status), as well as TV specials and unforgettable live performances that take audiences on a journey through Sinatra-era favorites and Matt’s own sparkling repertoire of jazz, pop and, of course, Christmas songs.
With its swingin’ up-tempo sound and 1960s swagger, Old School Yule is an album (a 16-track collection of Kringle-season classics, recorded with a 60-piece orchestra and 50-piece choir) and supporting concert tour that Matt envisioned as the type of classic TV variety show made famous by the likes of Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.
“The genre of music I perform (the American Songbook) is kind of engraved into Christmas,” says the jazz crooner. “When you think about Christmas music, it’s really the only standards we have left in modern popular music and that just happens to be in the genre of jazz…I’m so happy to be able to take this music I grew up with and share it with everyone from lifelong fans of Christmas music to future generations just now discovering the songs.”