Melanie O’Reilly & Trio – Jazz on a Summer’s Evening: a tribute to Anita O’Day

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Friday August 20, 2021, 8:30 p.m.

Melanie O’Reilly & Trio – Jazz on a Summer’s Evening: a tribute to Anita O’Day
designed and performed by jazz singer Melanie O’Reilly
with Kevin Lawlor – drums, Myles Drennan – piano, Adrian Jackson – bass

Melanie O’Reilly celebrates legendary jazz singer Anita O’Day, capturing the essence of unconventional musical genius. In this jazz play, Melanie tells and sings the story of O’Day, who wanted to be a jazz singer and refused to be stopped. The show, created and designed by Melanie, tells the story of a daring and unconventional musical genius who shattered the traditional role of a “singer” with her smoky style and brilliant sense of rhythm. Overcoming the setbacks of poverty and addiction, O’Day becomes one of the world’s most enduring jazz artists – anointed for her legendary performance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival captured in the groundbreaking film documentary “Jazz on a Summer’s Day “.

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