Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz: A Tribute to Nat King Cole @ Toronto Reference Library (Fri, July 6, 2018)

Exciting news to start what is the hottest summer ever in Toronto: Award-winning jazz artist Ori Dagan will be performing a FREE show July 6 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street at Noon. Ori Dagan will perform his critically acclaimed release Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole as well as showcase the album’s accompanying videos that formed the genre’s first ever visual jazz album.

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A few months back, Ori Dagan was one of just 12 Jazz artists to perform at SXSW out of their total lineup of 600 musical acts, and the only Canadian Jazz artist on the bill.

And that’s not all – he’ll be performing with his friends weekly at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto, paying tribute to the world’s greatest Jazz singers:

July 10, 2018               Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz with Melissa Lauren – Peggy Lee
July 17, 2018               Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz with Shannon Butcher – Blossom Dearie
July 24, 2018               Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz with Laura Fernandez – Jobim
July 31, 2018               Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz with Laura Hubert – Dinah Washington
August 7, 2018            Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz with John Alcorn – Ellington & Strayhorn
August 14, 2018          Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz with June Garber – Carmen McRae
August 21, 2018          Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz with Whitney Ross-Barris – Anita O’Day
August 28, 2018          Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz with Heather Bambrick – Ella Fitzgerald

Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole debuted at #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart, and has racked up an impressive series of International awards and accolades, as well as hefty growth as a beloved fan favourite genre-wide. Hitting more than 100k for each video within days of release, Nathaniel’s visual album also took home Global Music Awards’ Silver Medal Winner for Best Album, Nevada International Film Festival’s Winner of Platinum Reel Award for “Sting of the Cactus”, Open World Toronto Film Festival’s Winner of Best Music Video for “Sting of the Cactus”, Australian Port Shorts Film Festival’s Official Selection for “Sweetheart”, India’s Arthouse Asia Official Selection for “Bibimbap”, and many more (complete list below).

ABOUT ORI DAGAN

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.

Ori Dagan’s critically acclaimed releases S’Cat Got My Tongue (2009) and Less Than Three ❤ (2012) established a daring musical adventurer on the global jazz landscape.

Having won numerous accolades for his witty and inventive original songs — from “Googleable” (his ode to a search engine) to “Clap on the 2 and the 4” (an anthem for the rhythmically challenged), it’s his most recent release Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2017) and its accompanying collection of imaginative and delightful videos that have created the largest bounty of awards for the singer yet.

ABOUT NATHANIEL: A TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE

Released October 2017, Ori Dagan’s third studio recording won Silver for “Best Album” at the Global Music Awards soon after release. The collection debuted at #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart, and is a unique homage to one of the genre’s most legendary musicians and pop culture icons. Featuring five original songs inspired by facets of Cole’s life, music and legacy, with highly-esteemed special guests Sheila Jordan, Alex Pangman, and Jane Bunnett, it’s no wonder Nathaniel has caught the ears and approval of the likes of Jazz FM,

In a move as bold and next-level as Ori himself, Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole was also jazz’s first ever visual album, with a collection of 12 original music videos spanning the mediums of live action to claymation to felt puppetry portraying each track.

The videos and album have been awarded the following accolades:

  • Global Music Awards — Silver Medal, Best Album
  • Toronto Independent Music Awards — Nominated for Best Jazz Vocals
  • Paris Underground Music Video Festival — Nominated for Best Animated Video (“Bibimbap”)
  • Asia Southeast Film Festival — Honourable Mention (“Bibimbap”)
  • Nevada International Film Festival — Winner of Platinum Reel Award (“Sting of the Cactus”)
  • Open World Toronto Film Festival — Winner of Best Music Video (“Sting of the Cactus”)
  • 6th Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival — Official Selection (“Sting of the Cactus”)
  • Best Independents Film Festival (Karlsruhe, Germany) — Official Selection (“Sting of the Cactus”)
  • Port Shorts Film Festival (Australia) — Official Selection (“Sweetheart”)
  • International Peace & Film Festival (Orlando, Florida) — Official Selection (“Complexion”)
  • Arthouse Asia (India) — Official Selection (“Bibimbap”)

We would like to thank Eric Alper for the Artist profile and press release,