Toronto, ON-based Jazz impresario, Ori Dagan, invites you to Click Right Here on a brand new album of jazz tracks that’ll leave you swinging, sashaying and singing along.
Pairing with Simone Denny for the completely recreated “Video Killed The Radio Star” (originally recorded by the Buggles), Dagan is slipping a quarter into a nostalgic jukebox with this reimagined classic. With Click Right Here, Dagan slips into his songwriting shoes to provide an album stacked with originals.
Joined by the assistance of his exceptionally talented group of musicians (Nathan Hiltz [guitar]; Attila Fias [piano]; Alex Bellegarde [bass]; Ben Wittman [drums]; Alison Young [alto saxophone]; Colleen Allen [tenor saxophone]; William Carn [trombone]; Andrew McAnsh [trumpet]) with arrangement by Rebecca Hennessy, Dagan sets the pace with modern take on a familiar genre. His approach on Jazz is invitational, exciting, and as much new-wave, as it is pure and true-to-form on jazz-o-nomics.
“Even though ‘Click Right Here’ is my fourth studio album, it represents a lot of firsts for me,” says Dagan. “Thanks to my first FACTOR recording grant, for the first time in my career I was able to record with an 8-piece band featuring a 4-piece horn section, a dream come true for just about any jazz singer inspired by the swing era.”
The scat singing front man with the natural, fluid, bop-inflecting vocals and flair hails inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, and Sheila Jordan (a heroine of his he was able to record a duet with in 2017). Dagan’s catalogue includes S’Cat Got My Tongue (2009) and Less Than Three <3 (2012). In 2017, with the support of over 200 crowdfunding contributors, he created the visual album Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, a first of its kind in the jazz genre — a collection of 12 music videos that garnered him invitations to headline around the world, won critical acclaim and recognition at film festivals worldwide, as well as an official showcase at SXSW.
During the pandemic, Dagan kept himself busy by entertaining en masse with live streaming “Jazz It Up” – a weekly concert garnering more than a million views collectively. Dagan devoted his episodes to the greats – Nat King Cole, The Rat Pack, Louis Armstrong and more.
“Maybe the most important first is that all the songs on this recording are original,” Dagan says of Click Right Here, adding: “I have been singing jazz standards and swinging pop songs for over 20 years, and I love doing that, but honestly singing my own songs feels like a completely different art form; this project has inspired in me an immense respect for the craft of songwriting and for the courage to share one’s own songs.”
Following his sold-out Toronto launch of “Click Right Here” at The El Mocambo, Ori made his European debut with a Macedonian tour to packed shows in Ohrid, Stip and Skopje, and closed the Skopje Summer Festival to a thunderous ovation.
‘Click Right Here’ surrenders willingly to the musical language of swing and bebop, juxtaposed with lyrics that relate to the 21st century, and “especially to the digital ‘Hashtag World’,” remarks Dagan, adding: “From social media to online dating, pocket dialing to identity theft, in the past quarter of a century the way we live our lives in the Western World has drastically changed, and it was really meaningful to be able to reflect on these changes. I had never heard a jazz album like this, which made the process of writing it both challenging and rewarding.”
Dagan plans to take the album worldwide, with a stop in Israel for the first time in his career – a milestone moment for this Jewish artist taking the world by storm.
“‘Click Right Here’ finds me swinging timely original tunes with an 8-piece group, transitioning from an old-school crooner into a jazz singer-songwriter. It took a pandemic to make this happen, but I am so glad that ‘Click Right Here’ is finally here,” says Dagan.
Ori Dagan tour dates:
September 17: 4:20pm South Coast Jazz
October 14: Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montreal QC
October 16: Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, Pointe Claire, QC
October 17: Grand Théâtre de Québec, Quebec City, QC
October 18: Maison de la culture Ahuntsic, Montreal QC
August 19: 3pm, Ha Ezor (The Zone) “Jazz It Up” live from Tel Aviv (live-streamed “Jazz It Up” solo concert)
August 19: 9pm Shablul Jazz Club: The Ratpack Songbook Show
August 20: 9pm Ha Ezor (The Zone) In Tribute to Nat King Cole