Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. 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 third recording, “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” (2017 Winner: Silver Medal for “Best Album” at the Global Music Awards, Top 50 on the U.S. JazzWeek charts) features guest appearances by 90-year-old jazz legend Sheila Jordan, 3-time Grammy nominee Jane Bunnett and "Canada's Sweetheart of Swing" Alex Pangman. In addition to being a recording, "Nathaniel" is the first ever “Visual Album” in jazz history. Created collectively by 7 directors and funded by a PledgeMusic campaign, "Nathaniel" is a collection of 12 music videos which can be found on YouTube, and which have appeared on the big screen at over 50 film and music festivals around the world. Included in the collection are obscure gems, fresh takes on old classics and 5 original songs Dagan wrote with guitarist Nathan Hiltz, inspired by Nat King Cole's music, life and legacy.
A fixture on the Toronto club scene over the last 15 years, Ori Dagan has recently started to go international, headlining at the TanJazz festival in Tangier, Morrocco, showcasing at Austin's Elephant Room at SXSW 2018 and performing at South Korea's first ever public diplomacy week. He is currently touring his live show, "Talent & Soul: 100 Years of Nat King Cole" the companion piece to his critically acclaimed recording and visual album "Nathaniel", as well as a brand new program, “The Rat Pack Songbook Show,” in tribute to the music of “ Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, also known as “the coolest cats of all time.”