Jazz on an April evening
Ferrybank South, Wexford, Y35 X5HF, Ireland
Melanie O’Reilly & Trio presents: “Jazz on an April Evening” with Kevin Lawlor – Drums , Luke Howard- Piano, Peter Vogelaar – Bass
International jazz singer Melanie O’Reilly and her band return for another exciting night of vocal jazz! – Great American Songbook standards mixed with Melanie’s own original Celtic Jazz sound which she has developed as her unique trademark, creating a unique fusion of jazz and Irish traditional music. For this special concert she and her ensemble will be delighting Wexford audiences as a kick-off leading up to International Jazz Day, celebrating jazz as an international music in “its role of uniting people in all corners of the globe”. She is joined by her stellar trio, the highly acclaimed Kevin Lawlor – drums, Peter Voegeler-bass, Luke Howard -piano.
“Melanie swings and shimmers ….A thoroughly modern take on the jazz tradition…. utterly transformative”. Ken Kubernik ,The Music Connection.
“…O’Reilly makes every number her own, gliding effortlessly through rhythmic backbeats…sultry…soulful in virtuoso style.” Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Unlimited Media
“Extraordinary…whether she sings Irish traditional, jazz or Jacques Prevert.” Le Telegramme
Melanie, originally from Dublin, who has made her base in Wexford, is an international figure in the world of vocal jazz, having performed in venues including The Lincoln Center NY, the Edinburgh International Festival, the National Concert Hall Dublin, the Cork Jazz Festival, the World Music Festival “d’Ici et D’Ailleurs” in France, the Black Cat Jazz Club in San Francisco, the Take 5 Jazz Club at Pacific Univ. CA, and she has represented Ireland at the European Union Jazz Festival at Schoenberg Hall Los Angeles. She has recently been Artist in Residence at La Mue Residency Normandy and she is also the creator and host of the PPI award-winning series “Jazz on the Bay”, broadcast on RTE Radio 1. Melanie and her trio represented Wexford & Ireland at the 2019 European Heritage Weekend in Normandy as “Guests of Honour”. Her music has been featured on America’s PBS TV, and the Bay Area’s Jazz station KCSM and she is also a renowned and committed music educator.