2008 National Jazz Awards "Male Vocalist of the Year" nominee to make three Toronto appearances

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Award-winning jazz singer Joe Coughlin
(www.joecoughlinjazz.com) is coming to Toronto for three special performances
in the week leading up to the 2008 National Jazz Awards (NJA), where he is
nominated as Male Vocalist of the Year. The National Jazz Awards are presented
annually to recognize contributions to jazz excellence in Canada. Winners will
be announced at the NJA awards gala on the evening of April 8, 2008.

    Rise to Stardom

    Music has been a part of Joe's life since he was nine years old when he
started singing in choirs and studying percussion. He played drums for a
string of garage bands until he reached his mid-teens when he sold his drums
to buy a microphone and pursue his dream of becoming a lead vocalist. After
finishing high school, Joe toured Ontario with a heavy metal band, which
played music inspired by such legendary bands as Deep Purple and Uriah Heep.
    Although he sang in rock bands, Joe's true love was jazz. Consequently,
he began to study with Tom Borshuk, the pianist with renowned Detroit jazz
flautist Alexander Zonjic's quartet. He went on to win CBC's "Search for the
Stars" in 1979 and signed his first recording contract in 1980, subsequently
releasing two albums over the next three years.
    Joe then took a hiatus from jazz to host two national television shows on
disability issues and release three top ten adult contemporary singles,
following which he moved to British Columbia and began the second stage of his
jazz evolution. He has not looked back.
    In 1995, Joe released his third CD, which featured a guest appearance by
Lorne Lofsky, the legendary guitarist who played with Oscar Petersen. His
fourth album, "Simple Pleasures", was released in 1999 and earned Joe the
2000 Jazz Report Award (now known as the National Jazz Award) for Male
Vocalist of the Year.
    In late 2007, Joe released his fifth album, "Things Turn Out That Way", a
deftly chosen mix of revitalized classics and brand new standards. His stellar
vocal performance earned him a nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year in the
2008 National Jazz Awards. The winner will be announced on the evening of
April 8, 2008 at Toronto's Palais Royale.

    Toronto Performances

    On Monday, March 31, 2008 at 9pm, Joe will perform at the Rex Hotel Jazz
& Blues Bar with the John Macleod Orchestra. The Rex is located at 194 Queen
Street West (at University).
    On Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 8:30pm, Joe will join the Steve Kendry
Quartet as a special guest at Trane Studio, which is located at 964 Bathurst
Street (at Dupont).
    On Friday, April 4, 2008 at 8pm, Joe will perform with the Mark Eisenman
Quintet featuring Pat Labarbera and John Macleod at the Academy of Spherical
Arts, which is located at 1 Snooker Street (Formerly 38 Hanna Avenue).


    Joe Coughlin (www.joecoughlinjazz.com) is a celebrated jazz singer whose
accomplishments include a Jazz Report Award (now known as the National Jazz
Award) for Male Vocalist of the Year in 2000. Joe has released five albums,
including his latest recording "Things Turn Out That Way", which led to a
2008 NJA nomination for "Male Vocalist of the Year".

For further information:

For further information: AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS: Christine Payne,
Publicist for Joe Coughlin, (905) 339-6655, cpayne29@cogeco.ca

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