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Volume 22 Issue 5 - February 2017

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  • February
  • Toronto
  • Symphony
  • Arts
  • Jazz
  • Musical
  • Quartet
  • Orchestra
  • Performing
  • Theatre
In this issue: an interview with composer/vocalist Jeremy Dutcher, on his upcoming debut album and unique compositional voice; a conversation with Boston Symphony hornist James Sommerville, as as the BSO gets ready to come to his hometown; Stuart Hamilton, fondly remembered; and an inside look at Hugh’s Room, as it enters a complicated chapter in the story of its life in the complex fabric of our musical city. These and other stories, as we celebrate the past and look forward to the rest of 2016/17, the first glimpses of 2017/18, and beyond!


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LEONARDO DELL’ANNO WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN February’s Child Ori Dagan MJ BUELL The always-entertaining Ori Dagan is a jazz singer, concert promoter/producer and jazz journalist, now in his ninth season writing for The WholeNote. Dagan was born in Haifa, Israel where his father was a mechanical engineer and his mother a copywriter. In 1989 he moved with his family to Toronto. Suppose a friendly fellow traveller asks what you do for a living? Blessed to be a musician! I’m living the dream, and to keep it alive, most of what I do revolves around music. Aside from playing gigs, writing songs, recording and releasing music, I proudly pen Jazz Stories for The WholeNote, book live music for the venue 120 Diner, co-produce the Kensington Market Jazz Festival and teach jazz singing. At this point the fellow traveller usually says “WOW! That’s so exciting!” and I am reminded that indeed, it is. When you look at that childhood photo? Reminds me how much I loved listening to Peter and the Wolf on those headphones! What would you tell that younger Ori? Don’t be so shy! Your earliest musical memory? My mom singing an Israeli nursery rhyme to me: “Yonatan Ha Katan.” Musicians in your family? My dad is tone-deaf and rhythm-deaf (sorry, Dad!). It comes from my mom’s side – her grandfather was a cantor. Where did hearing music fit into your childhood? I grew up listening to Israeli music and classical music. I remember cassettes of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert around the house. My favourite vinyl was Rumpelstiltskin the musical, which in Hebrew was translated into “Ootz-Li Gootz-Li.” It featured some of Israel’s biggest stars including Ofra Haza and Tzipi Shavit, and I played it every single day – my first real musical obsession. To this day I have albums that I am obsessed with and can sing start to finish. First recollections of making music? My mom Ori Dagan on a recent trip to Israel at the Sea of Galilee, wearing his Thelonious Monk t-shirt. He lives in downtown Toronto with filmmaker Leonardo Dell’Anno. says I kicked to the Bee Gees Staying Alive in the womb. At three I asked my parents for music lessons and I started at four - my first instrument was the xylophone. I remember being so delighted the first time I heard it. We learned to sing the major scale (Do-Re-Mi) while using sign language to represent each note. But I never thought of myself as a singer because I was so shy. We got a piano when I was six, and I only quit classical piano at age 16. High school and right after? Singing in a high school production of David Warrack’s musical Deco Beach (at Newtonbrook Secondary School, Toronto) was transformative – I’d had no idea that I could ever be an entertainer. But I gravitated towards creative writing, especially poetry, and I won the English Award. Not sure that I’d be a successful poet I “settled” on the idea of getting a PhD in English Literature at U of T. I was miserable at U of T. I had no interest in reading Tom Jones and The Canterbury Tales, let alone writing essays about these works. In my second year at U of T I auditioned for Jesus Christ Superstar and got the role of Caiaphas (Fun fact: I also learned the story of Christ through this musical). And around this time I discovered jazz. NEW CONTEST! Who is March’s CHILD? This little angel will make February heartstrings soar: ~ ~ at Tafelmusik – leading and playing a solo part in Charlotte Nediger’s new transcription of Bach’s Italian Concerto, in “Bach Tapestry” (Feb 9 to 12); ~ ~ at Music Toronto – playing Vanhal, Asplmayr, Haydn and Beethoven (Feb 16); ~ ~ at Tafelmusik – leading part of Alison McKay’s “Visions and Voyages” (Feb 22 to 26). Know our Mystery Child’s name? WIN PRIZES! Send your best guess by February 21, to CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! HERE’S WHAT THEY WON • On Feb 17 Ori Dagan and Nathan Hiltz (guitar) will jazz the night away at Toronto’s venerable Free Times Café (8 to 11pm) where for 36 years music lovers in the know have enjoyed live original music and delicious home-cooked food. Annabel Hoyt and a guest will appear on the guest list. • Every Saturday in February, crooner extraordinaire John Alcorn performs his Songbook Series at 120 Diner, where Dagan programs the music. This month Alcorn honours George Gershwin on Feb 4, Chet Baker on Feb 11, Jerome Kern on Feb 18 and Billie Holiday on Feb 25. John Brooker and a friend will appear on the guest list for an Alcorn show of their choice. Pre-blonde, in the middle: a pre-bedtime family jam session. Chris is now an accountant, Mark is a mechanical engineer. Saskatoon, SK. Circa 1978. Two live albums changed my life: Ella Fitzgerald: Live in Berlin (1960) and Dinah Jams (1954) featuring Dinah Washington and an all-star band including Clifford Brown, Harold Land and Max Roach. I started singing along to those recordings and it wasn’t long before I was hooked. This music really captured my heart and since then I have never looked back. I left UofT to pursue jazz at York U for five years, and continued with improvisation and song writing at Humber College for two years, embarking on my career as a jazz singer and songwriter. As much I treasure the education I was blessed to receive, I believe strongly that in jazz you learn the most by seeing and hearing the music in action, sitting in at jam sessions and playing gigs. I learn something new from every performance. Please read Ori Dagan’s full-length interview at • “Less Than Three” or

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