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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

10th Annual Patsy Cline Birthday Tribute!

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Honoured to be on this lineup!

Tickets are $20 and this event is expected to sell out! Call 416-588-0307 to reserve

Performers Include: Alex Pangman Quique Escamilla Russell deCarle (Prairie Oyster) Kathryn Rose Lori Yates Danny Marks Terra Hazelton Sarah Butler (The Millwinders) Ori Dagan Jaimie Oliver Sonya Jezebel Coté Helen Stewart Kim Doolittle Samantha Windover Angie Gunn HOTCHA! and MORE TBA! It is a magical night of music where strangers leave as friends. Showtime is 8:30 pm sharp, doors open at 7pm. The evening is also in support of Artscan Circle. A wonderful organization that helps at-risk youth using the power of the arts, in remote Indigenous communities in Canada. http://www.artscancircle.ca/ Tickets available at the door the night of the event.

Duets with June Garber

120 Diner, 224 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Ori Dagan is thrilled to share the stage with June Garber, one of Toronto's vocal treasures: "Vocally she’s got chops aplenty, but what keeps the bandleaders calling and the audiences hollering is more than just her voice. It’s a smile that can melt melancholy, and sincerity that makes every lyric sparkle." (The WholeNote). June Garber has toured and performed as a singer in major centres in Canada and the United States and also in Cuba, the Caribbean, Mexico, South Africa & Australia. She has performed at jazz festivals throughout North America and with big bands in Toronto and Sarasota, Florida.

Poetry Jazz Cafe Residency

Poetry Jazz Cafe, 224 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Catch Ori with a new trio each month and surprise special guests - Third Saturday of each month! $10 cover at the door Arrive early for prime seats in this intimate Kensington Market gem!

Scat Singing Workshop at TIFEM!

Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music, 821 Queen Street West, Toronto

Open to singers of all levels! Participants will have the opportunity to scat sing both solo and as an ensemble, and the class will cover “shoo-bee-doo’s and “shoo-be-don’ts”, recommended practice methods and suggested listening, all with an emphasis on having fun!

To reserve a seat, you can purchase your ticket in advance through over the phone at 416-504-5444 or in person at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music. Limited capacity! $35 in advance, $40 at the door.


with Eric St-Laurent & Friends

Poetry Jazz Cafe, 224 Augusta Ave., Toronto

It's a new residency, the first Sunday afternoon of every month at Kensington Market's coolest/hottest spot for jazz, featuring the amazing Eric St-Laurent and guests! No Cover/PWYC