credit: Juan Palacio
Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is, quite simply, an original. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment. Dagan’s critically acclaimed releases “S’Cat Got My Tongue” (2009) and “Less Than Three <3” (2012) established a daring musical adventurer on the global jazz landscape. In recent years he has won numerous accolades for his original songs, from “Googleable,” his ode to a search engine, to “Clap on the 2 and the 4,” an anthem for the rhythmically challenged.
Dagan’s third album, Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2017 Winner: Silver Medal for “Best Album” at the Global Music Awards) is a unique homage to the legendary jazz and pop icon. The recording features 5 original songs inspired by facets of Cole’s life, music and legacy, with special guests Sheila Jordan, Alex Pangman and Jane Bunnett. In a career move as bold as Ori’s singing, “Nathaniel” is the first visual album in the jazz genre: a collection of 12 music videos.