Named Male Vocalist of the Year at the 1999 Jazz Report Awards ceremony, John Alcorn released Quiet Night, his first CD of jazz standards, in 2003.
The 2004 National Jazz Awards selection committee acknowledged this work by nominating John for Best Jazz Vocals.
This highly personal project has received virtually unanimous praise from critics and fans -- and introduced John to an international audience for the first time, receiving radio airplay in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, India, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Republic of Belarus, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Wales, as well as Canada and the USA.
Inspired by the discovery of the title song, a tender, reflective piece created by Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart in 1936, Quiet Night is a collection of some of the greatest love songs written by that legendary team. The CD includes classic Rodgers and Hart ballads, such as My Romance and You Are Too Beautiful, as well as swingers like Thou Swell and Falling in Love with Love. One of the highlights of the album is This Can’t Be Love, a duet with Molly Johnson.
The musicians -- distinguished artists in their own right -- are among the first rank of Canada’s most outstanding jazz players, including Richard Whiteman (piano), Steve Wallace (bass), Daniel Barnes (drums) and guest artists Ted Quinlan (guitar) and Michael Stuart (sax). On the closing track, a medley of Nobody’s Heart and My Funny Valentine, John plays piano himself, accompanied by a string quartet arranged and conducted by John MacLeod.