Joyce & Jazz
Irish celtic-jazz vocalist
$15 cover charge / $10 seniors and students
Â Â Â Join us for an evening with Melanie O’Reilly, award-winning Â IrishÂ jazz singer and songwriter, teaming withÂ top Bay Area jazz pianist Frank Martin to performÂ original music inspired by writings ofÂ James Joyce, interwoven with readings from Joyce’s works byÂ renowned actors Esther MulliganÂ andÂ John Ilyin.Â Melanie and Frank also offer a jazz take on songs Joyce himselfÂ loved and mentions in Ulysses and various of his writings.
“thoroughly modern take on theÂ jazzÂ tradition….Â utterlyÂ transformative.”
Ken Kubernik, Music Connection
Melanie O’ReillyÂ is one of Ireland’s foremost jazz singers and her ownÂ unique style of Celtic Jazz , which she has brought to internationalÂ audiences, has been described as “A gorgeous sound..Celtic Cadence with a jazz sensibility. ” Contra Costa Times and “Breathtaking,… sheer virtuosity” Irish Times.Â Her music has been featured in Frontline/PBS documentaries. Â and she isÂ recognised in Downbeat magazine as Ireland’s Â international jazzÂ representative having represented Ireland in the European Jazz Festival at UCLA at Schoenburg Hall. She performs in many international festivals inÂ Ireland , the US, and Europe..Â She is also host of the Award winning radio show “Jazz on the Bay” for the Irish National Broadasting station, RTE.
As an arranger/conductor/keyboardist Frank Martin hasÂ performed and/or recorded with a variety of jazz and popular starsÂ that include Sting, Stevie Wonder, Â Bobbi McFerrin, Â James Taylor,Â Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle.Â Both Melanie and Frank are also well known music educators in the Bay Area. He’s on his way to Kazakhstan, so catch him ‘fore he goes!
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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