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Jazz Giants Series: SARAH VAUGHAN TRIBUTE: Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz with guests Billy Newton-Davis and Denielle Bassels
November 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST$15
Back by popular demand: join us at Jazz Bistro for an autumn series in tribute to the jazz giants. This series will feature acclaimed jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan and guitarist extraordinaire Nathan Hiltz, with a different guest artist each week.
Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment. Dagan’s third recording, “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” (2017 Winner: Silver Medal for “Best Album” at the Global Music Awards) is a unique “Visual Album” homage to the legendary jazz musician and pop icon: a collection of 12 music videos with guest appearances by Sheila Jordan, Jane Bunnett and Alex Pangman.
Nova Scotia born jazz guitarist Nathan Hiltz moved to Toronto in 1999. Since then he has established himself as one of the country’s finest electric and acoustic guitarists, well-versed in a variety of styles from jazz and blues to classical and world music. Sought after as both a leader and an accompanist, Nathan performs over 200 gigs a year and has toured extensively across Canada with a variety of artists. He currently teaches at The Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts.
Canadian jazz, gospel, and R&B singer Billy Newton-Davis was born in Cleveland, OH, in 1951. He began his career in music as a singer in local soul band the Illusions, eventually relocating to New York City as a singer and dancer on Broadway. Newton-Davis moved to Ontario in 1981, where he spent time in Toronto cabaret and various nightclubs before releasing his debut album, Love Is a Contact Sport, in 1986. That same year, he won Juno awards for Best R&B/Soul Recording and for Most Promising Male Vocalist. Released in 1989, Spellbound also won a Juno and provided Newton-Davis with his biggest chart success with “I Can’t Take It” and “Can’t Live with You,” the latter a duet with Celine Dion. He joined popular a cappella group the Nylons for 1992’s Live to Love, where he stayed until departing in 1994 to resume his solo career.
Singer-songwriter Denielle Bassels’ first original song “Cool Cool Water”, which went on to win Grand Prize in the International John Lennon Song Competition, while later five more originals went on to win finalist. With these accolades she was awarded grants from the Toronto Arts Council, and the Canada Council of The Arts to fund her first full-length album “What About Wool Wishbags” which was released in early 2017. Full of whimsy and charm, it is a story-laden volume of original music set in scenes of swing, indie, folk, and blues. She has since been touring across Ontario and Quebec performing private events, renowned jazz clubs, and major jazz festivals with her unique brand of indie-swing.