Event: John Alcorn & Ori Dagan at The El Mocambo
Date: February 14, 2023
Venue: El Mocambo
Start time: 6:00 PM
End time: 9:30 PM
A Valentine’s Serenade with John Alcorn & Ori Dagan
in Collaboration with Two Sisters Vineyards.
Tickets Include: A Romantic Dinner (provided by Celebrity Chef, Mark McEwan) & Show at the El Mocambo’s Starlight Room with two of Canada’s finest crooners!
Show #1: 6:00 PM (doors at 5:30 PM)
Show #2: 8:30 PM (doors at 8:00 PM)
Talent Includes: Nathan Hiltz (guitar); Lauren Falls (bass); Jesse Ryan (sax) and special guest Joanne Morra
About the Artists:
John Alcorn is one of Canada’s premiere jazz vocalists, delivering his distinctive renditions of jazz standards on the most prestigious bandstands and concert stages across Canada. His list of citations and acknowledgements in music and theatre includes both Jazz Report (Male Vocalist of the Year) and Dora (Outstanding Music) awards. His latest recording, Flying Without Wings (2016), features an all-star Canadian trio – Reg Schwager (guitar), Mark Eisenman (piano) and Steve Wallace (bass) – along with New York great, Warren Vaché (cornet). Previous releases include Quiet Night, his first CD of jazz standards, in 2003. It garnered virtually unanimous praise from critics and fans — and introduced John to an international audience. As composer, lyricist, musical director and arranger, Alcorn has made significant contributions to numerous theatrical productions. The Daisy Theatre, currently touring internationally, for which he composed and recorded the full score (“John Alcorn’s sometimes spare, sometimes lush sound design, is gorgeous.” – straight.com), is one of several collaborations with renowned theatre artist Ronnie Burkett.
Award-winning jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan has attracted a dedicated and growing audience, both in his native Toronto and internationally. He brings a wry and agile sense of swing to everything he does, whether interpreting a standard, spinning a pop tune on its head or introducing his own original music and lyrics. Dagan’s rich bass-baritone is unmistakable. His consistently forward-thinking style is inspired by hundreds of heroines and heroes, including Sheila Jordan (with whom Dagan recorded a duet in 2017). Kicked off by the audaciously truthful “Viruses,” which netted him a Grand Prize at the Great American Song Contest, Dagan’s 2022 release “Click Right Here” solidifies his strengths as a lyricist. The album is a darkly humorous tongue-in-cheek sendup of life in the digital age, with songs about online dating, social media and other 21st century blues ironically paired with the old-school sound of an 8-piece jazz band.