NJF 2015 Artist Update: ORI DAGAN TRIO

DATE: Saturday July 25th, 2015
STAGE: Mill St. Market Stage
ADDRESS: 91 King St, St Catharines, ON L2R 3H6
TIME: 7:00PM – 7:45PM

Ori Dagan – vocals
Mark Kieswetter – piano
Alex Bellegarde – bass

Award-winning jazz artist Ori Dagan is an exciting new voice, charming audiences with his unique musical style and entertaining performances.


Winner of Best Male Vocalist in NOW Magazine’s 2013 Readers Poll, Ori Dagan dabbled in classical piano, creative writing and musical theatre before discovering jazz in his late teens. He studied classical voice and jazz vocals at York University (BFA 2007) and performance, songwriting and improvisation at Humber College. Dagan’s critically acclaimed recording debut, S’Cat Got My Tongue, established him as a musical adventurer; he was named Canada’s Next Top Crooner by CBC in 2010. His sophomore CD Less Than Three (<3) re-imagines Elton John, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and features his original love song to the search engine, “Googleable.”

Versatile Pianist, Mark Kieswetter, has performed alongside jazz greats including Zoot Sims, Jack Sheldon and James Moody. For over three years, he was the musical director for the legendary Jon Hendricks, working with him in developing the large vocal ensemble “Vocalstraâ”, and performing at many venues including the International Association of Jazz Educators in New York and the Sorbonne in Paris. He has played in the orchestra for many professional touring companies, and has performed on numerous CDs, including Juno nominated “The Beat Goes On” (Emilie-Claire Barlow ) and “Bread and Buddha” (Harry Manx), and his duo CD “Green Edge Sky, Green Edge Sun” with Toronto bassist Ross MacIntyre.

Composer, master of improv and Grand Jazz Award winner at the Montreal Jazz Festival, 26th ed, Alex Bellegarde creates music drawn from a wealth of sources. With several albums to his credit, he heads a number of groups and participates in a range of projects in jazz, Latin music and theatre. A well known figure on the Montreal jazz scene, he hosts a ‘killer’ weekly jam session that draws promising talents and renowned jazz musicians from near and afar.

A much sought-after Latin bassist when local Cuban players or latin stars from out of town need the right sound, he has played at special events with legendary artists from the US and Cuba : Candido Camero, Viti Ruiz, Maelo Ruiz, Edwin Bonilla, Chiquitin and Caridad Cruz.

Ori Dagan is one of Toronto’s busiest jazz musicians. He has perfomed at virtually every jazz venue in this city including Jazz Bistro, the Old Mill, the Rex, Poetry Jazz Cafe, Upstairs Jazz in Montreal and the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa. Festival highlights include Canadian Music Week, Toronto Jazz Festival, All Canadian Jazz Festival in Port Hope and the Ottawa Jazz Festival to name a few.

Ori Dagan won the 2013 Now Magazine Reader’s Poll for Best Male Vocalist and was named “Canada’s Next Top Crooner” by CBC Radio in 2010.

“Looking forward to playing with the always dazzling Mark Kieswetter on piano, who has worked with everyone from Henry Mancini to Jon Hendricks,” says Dagan. “This performance will also feature one of my very favourite bassists in Canada, the incomparable Alex Bellegarde, whose energy and creativity I always find musically inspiring.”

“Ori Dagan is not just an extraordinary singer but an unforgettable entertainer who leaves an audience wanting more. The locals are still talking about him. We can’t wait to have him back at our festival!” –Larry Cramer, Artist Director, Bancroft & Maynooth Jazz & Blues Festival

“Swooning is not often seen in Bancroft but as Israeli-born Ori Dagan took to the stage mean nd women alike started fanning themselves with show programs…It was fiery. His voice was velvet and even from the back of the room Dagan’s eyes smouldered…” Barbara Shaw, QMI Agency

“His dulcet tones can calm any beast with a few simple notes…a unique and wonderful gift” -Yanick Thierault, “Cigar & Whiskey” 90.7 BO-FM, Moncton, New Brunswick

“…The Toronto singer’s second album is serving notice that a major talent is on the scene.” -Peter Goddard, Toronto Star

“Jazz singing is an art that seems wrung dry of surprises. Yet Ori Dagan is shaking it up with his cool bass-baritone and a repertoire in which Lady Gaga, Hebrew songs, ‘Sweet Georgia Brown,’ and ‘Strangers in the Night’ all commingle happily. He’s unpretentious, original, and fun; Ori has the musicianship to pull off even his most audacious stunts, and the sincerity to touch our hearts.” -James Gavin

WEBLINK:   www.oridagan.com

YOUTUBE: Scat Scat Productions

FACEBOOK: Like Ori Dagan

TWITTER: @oridaganjazz

INSTAGRAM: Ori Dagan Jazz


Ori Dagan Trio’s show is part of the TD NJF Club Series
Single tickets are available at the door for $20+HST


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