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Apr15

Home Smith Bar

The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd., Toronto

Thrilled to be back at one of Toronto's finest venues for live jazz. No Reservations are accepted so please arrive early to get the best seats. The Old Mill's Home Smith Bar is wheelchair accessible. Stay tuned for personnel.

Mar31

Music Can Heal Jazz Benefit Soiree

Arraymusic, 155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto

Join us for an unforgettable evening of jazz and blues standards and modern-day piano improvisation. Featuring: Award-winning jazz vocalist, Rita di Ghent; Canada's next top crooner, Ori Dagan; world-renowned jazz pianist, Steve Koven, and legendary blues, ragtime and jazz pianist, Bill Westcott. All proceeds go to Music Can Heal, a non-profit organization that brings bedside and atrium concerts to patients in hospices and hospitals. Our roster of award-winning musicians cater to all musical tastes and cultures. Visit www.musiccanheal.org for more information.

Saturday Night Live Jazz!

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

Requests, dedications, favourites, surprises! Be the first to hear songs from Ori Dagan's upcoming tribute to Nat King Cole! Joining Ori for this Late night show from 11pm-1am with Nathan Hiltz on guitar & Jordan O'Connor on bass. Reservations: 416-792-7725 "Pay-What-You-Can $10-$20 suggested"

Duets with Denielle Bassels

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

Doors 5pm Show starts 6pm Dinner & Show Reservations: 416-792-7725 "Pay-What-You-Can $10-$20 suggested" with a great band! Mike Freedman - guitar Jon Meyer - bass Joe Ryan - drums

Nat King Cole Tribute

The Jazz Room, 59 King Street North, Kitchener-Waterloo

Vocalist Ori Dagan, winner of “Best Jazz Vocals” at the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards, is one of Canada’s rising jazz stars. Born in Israel and raised in Toronto, he initially trained as a classical pianist, dabbling in creative writing and musical theatre before discovering Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Dagan’s debut recording “S’Cat Got My Tongue” (2009) garnered critical acclaim for the singer’s sense of musical adventure, from the blistering bebop of “Four Brothers” to the sleek coolness of “Star Eyes”. JazzTimes called him “a budding Kurt Elling” and The Los Angeles Jazz Scene proclaimed that the album is “a major step forward for Ori Dagan, who in a few years will likely be very well known in the jazz world.” On Dagan’s sophomore release, “Less Than Three <3” (2012) the vocalist explored new territory, including reimagined classics by Elton John and Elvis Presley, a scat roller coaster ride on Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” the original ode to search engines “Googleable” and selections in his native tongue of Hebrew stirred into the mix. The recording featured appearances by the Eric St-Laurent Trio and legendary saxophonist Jane Bunnett. The Toronto Star wrote: “the Toronto singer’s second album is serving notice that a major talent is on the scene.” Ori Dagan is currently working on his third recorded effort, a tribute to the music of Nat King Cole, due out in the autumn of 2016. The album will include several original song that will he will be debuting at The Jazz Room.

Ori Dagan – vocals David Restivo – piano Nathan Hiltz – guitar Ross MacIntyre – bass

Cover Charge $18.00

"Bass and Voice" with Dave Young

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

Back on stage with the legendary Dave Young - the only bassist to ever receive the Order of Canada and who toured with Oscar Peterson for decades! It's always an honour to share the stage with this incredible musician and this time we'll feature some surprise guests! 120 Diner is located at 120 Church Street just south of Richmond. Cover Charge: "PWYC $10-$20 suggested" Dinner Reservations recommended by calling 416-792-7725 or texting 416-706-4237

"In the Can" Fundraiser for the Children's Aid Foundation

Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. , Toronto

LineUp: Melissa Lauren Devin Cuddy Lori Cullen Laila Biali Barbra Lica Alex Pangman Genevieve Marentette Ori Dagan Whitney Ross-Barris Darcy Windover Annie Bonsignore O’Pears

Toronto Singers take songs from the can, in a night of musical debuts and fundraising When Toronto songstress Melissa Lauren found out she was expecting a baby, it was a wonderful surprise to say the least. But what came as more of a surprise was the instant shift from within: suddenly, everyone was a baby in need of mothering. As someone who always shied away from children this was a jarring adjustment. In an attempt to productively deal with the (sometimes disproportionate) maternal instinct, Lauren bringing her best asset forward, and calling on her musical friends for a night of song. “In The Can”: A Musical Fundraiser for Children’s Aid Foundation will feature some of the city’s finest singers and songwriters showcasing some of their best new work. Taking place at Hugh’s Room on January 19th the show will feature Laila Biali, Barbra Lica, Lori Cullen, Devin Cuddy, Alex Pangman, Genevieve Marentette, Ori Dagan, Whitney Ross Barris, The Sinner’s Choir and more, backed by a house band of Nathan Hiltz on guitar, Tyler Emond on bass and Ben Riley on drums. The idea is to invite the singers to showcase a yet to be released song, workshop it so to speak, or debut something on it’s way in or out of the recording studio (hence, in the can.) “ These are some of my favourite singers in the city, and many have said they have the perfect song for this project. Some may even write something new…I would love to turn this into an annual event.” says Melissa. “ I have some personal ties to Children’s Aid, and this seemed like the right time to do a non-vanity project..finally! “ The Children’s Aid Foundation is Canada’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth involved with the child welfare system. It supports and delivers a broad range of high-impact programs and services that directly serve vulnerable children and youth across Canada. Its programs address the many complex needs in the four key needs areas of education, healing and recovery, enrichment and prevention. Children’s Aid Foundation works in partnership with over 60 child welfare agencies and youth-serving partners Canada-wide to impact its target population. With proceeds going to the CAF, the night will feature two sets of songs, some surprise guests, and a silent auction. “The first time around, all I can hope for is to have some fun, support each other as musicians, and make some money for a great cause. As emotional an issue it is, I plan on making the evening fun, joyful and sprinkled with laughs.”

Bass & Voice with Dave Young!

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

Sheila Jordan was the first vocalist to perform in the "Bass & Voice" format and inspired by her, I've explored this concept over the years. I'm really honoured to be sharing the stage with one of Canada's most renowned bassist, the great Dave Young! We will be playing some classic old jazz tunes and maybe even taking some requests! Cover charge is "Pay-What-You-Can $10-$20 suggested". We hope to see you!!

Dagan, Whiteman & Young!

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto

As part of the Friday Night jazz series at Lula Lounge, I will be playing a set with two superb musicians: Richard Whiteman on piano and Alison Young on saxophone. We play from 7:30-8:30pm AND IT'S FREE! Reservations: 416-588-0307

Remembering Ray Jessel

The Performing Arts Lodges Toronto (PAL), 110 the Esplanade, Toronto

On Monday, November 30, at The Performing Arts Lodges, Toronto, a host of Canada’s music notables will pay tribute to Ray Jessel, the Canadian composer/performer whom Michael Feinstein hailed as "the millennium Noel Coward’. Jessel died last July at age 85, leaving a legacy of music that runs the gamut from Broadway musicals and accomplished classical compositions, chart-topping love songs from his TV days in Hollywood to some of the cabaret world’s most brilliantly funny ditties.

“I learned so much from Ray”, declares the accomplished Jackie Richardson, who will share the stage with performers who have appeared with Jessel in New York, like Theresa Tova and Don Francks. and those like Pam Hyatt and Lorraine Foreman for whom Ray wrote material as far back as his Spring Thaw days, before he was swooped up with partner Marion Grudeff to write the music for the Broadway show “Baker Street”. Jazz FM’s Jaymz Bee first fell in love with Ray’s work at New York’s Birdland. On November 30 Jaymz will sing the song that brought Ray worldwide notoriety via NBC’s “America’s Got Talent, and which U Tube insists on miscalling “The Penis Song”. Ori Dagan, recent winner of Best Jazz Vocals Award at the Toronto International Music Awards connected with Ray just last year at The Jazz Bistro. He will sing Jessel’s Hellzapoppin’ which was a chart topping hit for Louis Armstrong soon after it premiered in the musical of the same name at Expo ‘67 in Montreal. Jessel’s wistful love song “I’m Alright Now” popularised by John Pizzarelli on his “New Classics” recording’ will be sung at this show by Sam Broverman.

Other areas of Ray’s musical brilliance will be illustrated in Morry Kernerman ‘s presentation of an excerpt from “Sonata for Flute and Piano which Kernerman commissioned and which was premiered on CBC; and with a trio of Baker Street songs sung by Robert Missen, Allison Arends and David Warrack, including Richard Burton’s top of the chart’s hit “A Married Man”.

Remembering Ray Jessel, 8 p.m. Monday, November 30, The Performing Arts Lodges Toronto, 110 The Esplanade. Suggested donation $20 will aid PAL Future (tax receipts available) .

Advance Bookings: 416 603-0625

Tribute to June Christy!

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

An evening to the musical legacy of June Christy (November 20, 1925 – June 21, 1990). Following in the footsteps of Anita O’Day, Christy was a member of the “cool school” of jazz singing. With a style rooted in understatement and fuelled by a contagious sense of swing, Christy remains one of the cherished heroines of jazz singing. The evening will feature guest vocalists Pam Hyatt and Marla Lukofsky.

Debuting at Manhattans

Manhattans, 951 Gordon Street, Guelph

Featuring Richard Whiteman on piano and Chris Gale on saxophone. This will be my debut performance at Manhattans in Guelph! I've heard so many nice things about this venue. Dinner Reservations can be made by calling (519) 767-2440.

"Music Can Heal" Benefit

Musideum, 401 Richmond Street West Suite 133, Toronto

Wed Nov 11, 2015 – 8PM – $20

Music Can Heal is a registered non-profit organization that brings peaceful, healing music to patients in care facilities and those in private residences. Join us for an intimate evening of exclusive music that soothes and uplifts. All funds go directly to helping provide concerts to those in need. To learn more about us, or to make a donation, please visit here: www.musiccanheal.org

This evening is featuring some of our talented musicians:

Brian Katz is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, pianist, singer, recording artist, improviser, composer and music/early childhood educator (U of T, York). He is noted for his personal blending of classical, jazz, folk and various world music, especially soulful eastern-European based klezmer. Brian also regularly tours with beloved storyteller, Dan Yashinsky, and they have received critical acclaim for their collaborative work. Brian is available for bedside and atrium concerts. www.briankatz.com

Ori Dagan, “Canada’s Next Top Crooner,” is a rising star on the international jazz scene, known for his deep baritone voice and charismatic stage presence. His recordings “S’Cat Got My Tongue” (2009) and “Less than Three” (2012) are heard on CBC, Jazz.FM91 and SIRIUS radio. One of the busiest singers on Toronto’s jazz scene, Dagan can often be found playing venues and has played the Toronto, Ottawa and Port Hope Jazz Festivals and Canadian Music Week. He is available for atrium and bedside work. www.oridagan.com/

Debbie Danbrook is a Master of the ancient Japanese Shakuhachi flute and performs healing concerts internationally. She has 18 music CDs for meditation and healing. http://www.healingmusic.com/

Ann-Marie Boudreau is a classical Concert Pianist, sound practitioner, multi-instrumentalist, improvisational vocalist, composer and recording artist. Along with teaching sound healing programs she also brings her skills and compassionate work of service to the bedside in hospices, hospitals and private homes in support of individuals facing long-term and terminal illness. Ann-Marie is available for bedside and atrium concerts. www.annmarieboudreau.com,

Donald Quan is a multi-instrumentalist, award-winning composer for film and television, and the proud owner of Musideum. “Music is not only what we hear with our ears…. It is not only the notes on the page nor is it only a sound we hear. It is what we see, feel, and touch. Music is the spontaneous expression of our heart” ~ DQ. www.donaldquan.com

Talia Wooldridge is a classical and jazz pianist whose eclectic musical studies include: Karnatic (South Indian) classical vocals, percussion from Turkey, Brazil, Cuba and Ghana, Hindustani sitar, and Javanese Gamelan. Her piano music has been described as soothing, intuitive and relaxing. www.musiccanheal.wix.com/talia-w-composer

Hosting Lisa Particelli's GNOJAZZ jam!

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

I'm so honoured to be hosting this amazing community event while Lisa Particelli is away in Italy! Come to 120 Diner to sing a song accompanied by the great Peter Hill on piano and guest bassist Brendan Davis - or just listen to the wonderful guests. No Cover, tips appreciated! This evening has been a weekly event on the Toronto music scene since 2005 - check out what the jam is all about at www.gnojazz.com

"Laughs & Riffs" Music & Comedy Night!

120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto

Our first such show combining music and comedy! Excited to share the stage hosting with Mandy Goodhandy. Featuring Richard Whiteman on keys and special guest singers and comedians! PWYC

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