JazzTimes – Lou Pomanti



Roy Ayers

In a 25 year career as composer, producer, musician Gemini Award winner and five time nominee, Lou Pomanti has amassed credits in scoring, song writing, and performing on hundreds of musical projects for film, television and albums.

As one of Canada’s foremost keyboard players Lou toured the world with Blood Sweat and Tears and recorded with Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Platinum Blonde, Triumph, Jeff Healy and Kim Mitchell. As well, Lou has worked for producers Phil Ramone and Bob Rock. He produced “Soul Ballads” the recent David Clayton-Thomas album on Universal and orchestrated strings and horns on six tracks for Michael Buble’s biggest selling album, Crazy Love.

Lou has been the musical director of The Gemini Awards, the Juno Awards, and The Genie Awards. He was an award winning musical director for the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame which inducted Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Paul Anka and which featured Lou’s arrangements being performed by Herbie Hancock, James Taylor and Michael Buble. Lou also composed the music suite for the closing ceremony of this year’s Pan Am Games in Guadalajara Mexico.

As a film and television composer he has written and produced the soundtrack music for features, dramatic series, comedy series, animated series, reality series and documentaries representing nearly every era and genre. Lou also produced and arranged the music for the Rush video which they used to open each concert on their recent tour. As well, in order to supply a full package service for his clients, Lou, with multi award winning producer/engineer Jeff Wolpert (http://www.jeffwolpert.com ) has just opened a full service recording studio conveniently located in downtown Toronto.

Lou has just released his first solo album of original work called Welcome to the Boogaloo Lounge for his own label LPMusic Records. Welcome to the Boogaloo Lounge is a funky tribute to the soul and r&b sounds that dominated Toronto’s Yonge Street in the 1960’s. Primarily a driving funk and instrumental album nonetheless there are a couple of standout vocal tracks. Track #3, Give It Up, is a saucy Stax like r&b romp but the standout vocal track is #4, Loving You, the gorgeous, steamy ballad sung by Dione Taylor and Duane Blackburn, two of Toronto’s most authentic soul singers. It pays homage to the great duets from Motown and Philadelphia. The album is available on Itunes, through the Indie Pool in Toronto (www.indiepool.com), or at the Sunrise Records chain. The album can be streamed at http://www.grooveshark.com.

For more information, including audio and video clips from his numerous film and television credits, please go to http://www.loupomanti.com

Malcolm Glassford (416)462-1843 malcolmglassford@rogers.com