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Ori Dagan / Press

“Dagan has been steadily building a name for himself in the Toronto jazz community—as well as branching out with performances around Canada and even a few in Manhattan—as one of the most talented and unique voices on the scene. His booming baritone and proficiency at scat is setting him ahead of the pack and helping to expose the genre to new audiences both young and old. Not bad for a young man who noodled in classical piano before finding his voice in the classics.”

“Born in Israel and raised in Toronto, Mr. Dagan is also a classically trained pianist. He is the best scat singer of this quintet and his improvisations, which have at times taken him from English to Hebrew and back again, are often a joy for these jaded ears. He has two albums out, which put the fun back in jazz singing: S’Cat Got My Tongue and Less Than Three”

“When talented vocalist Ori Dagan performs, he does it from the heart, engaging his audience with his boundless warmth and authenticity. The sultry tones of his rich bass-baritone voice bring the world of jazz to a new generation as he delivers his powerful performances.”

“Ori Dagan begins this album with Madonna's “Lucky Star” and ends nine songs later with “Your Song,” by Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. If the listener heard nothing but these two tunes, the conclusion would be that the Toronto singer's second album is serving notice that a major talent is on the scene.”

“Right now, Indiegogo’s got that rhythm, with the sweet beat that can only be jazz. Today we got a chance to catch up with Ori Dagan, jazz vocalist and winner of the “Canada’s Next Top Crooner” competition. A fresh talent on the jazz scene, Ori’s unique take brings a new voice to such classic artists as Frank Sinatra and… Lady Gaga!”

“Ori Dagan (twitter @oridaganjazz) seems to me like a man on a mission. With a rich baritone voice, he has tried to craft a jazz album that is both hip and playful, and, at the same time, a genuine jazz album, complete with standards and heavyweight musicians, and some original tracks as well. Dagan’s album, Less than Three, is a tasty stew of standards and originals with a classic Hebrew song thrown into the mix, and one from his own pen: Nu Az Ma, a call for peace of truly universal dimensions.”

“Ori Dagan’s Less than Three <3, ScatCat Records, features the young crooner’s talents as vocalist, scat-singer, composer and arranger. The setlist includes three originals, two in Hebrew, one in English (“Googleable”) with pianist Mark Kieswetter; covers of tunes associated with Sinatra, Gaga, Elton John, Madonna, and for old time’s sake, “Sweet Georgia Brown.””

“In the follow up to his well-received 2009 debut, S’Cat Got My Tongue, Israeli-born Toronto jazz vocalist Ori Dagan has imbued his latest recording with a healthy dose of intriguing material, cool musical sophistication and superb musicianship. The title, Less Than Three, refers to the online symbol of a heart — illustrating Dagan’s theme of “love” in its many guises.”

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