“Jazz on a Summer’sÂ Day: A Tribute toÂ AnitaÂ Oâ€™Dayâ€
MelanieÂ Oâ€™Reilly & Trio
Frank Martin – piano
Fred Randolph – bass
Jack Dorsey – drums
â€œ….the ideal soundtrack to a hotÂ summerÂ nightâ€Â
(Edinburgh Fringe Festival)Â
Award-winning jazz vocalistÂ MelanieÂ Oâ€™ReillyÂ celebrates the legendary jazz singerÂ AnitaÂ Oâ€™Day, capturing the essenceÂ ofÂ an unconventional musical genius. Interspersing narration between the songs, Melanie tells and sings the storyÂ ofÂ Oâ€™Day, who wanted to be a jazz singer and refused to let anything stop her.Â
The show, created and devised byÂ O’Reilly, tells the storyÂ ofÂ a bold unconventional musical geniusÂ whoÂ shatteredÂ the traditional roleÂ ofÂ a â€œgirl singerâ€ with her smoky swinging style and brilliant senseÂ ofÂ rhythm. Â Overcoming the setbacksÂ ofÂ poverty and addiction,Â O’DayÂ becomes oneÂ ofÂ the worldâ€™s most enduring jazz artists â€“anointed for her legendary performance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival captured in the ground-breaking film documentary “Jazz on a Summerâ€™sÂ Day,”
Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s rivetingÂ AnitaÂ Oâ€™DayÂ tribute, which garnered 4-star reviews and standingÂ ovations at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival and from a growing numberÂ ofÂ Bay Area audiences, brings new life to the memoryÂ ofÂ the legendary jazz vocalistÂ and pays tribute to one her great musical inspirations.
â€œâ€¦â€œThe show is a celebration andÂ Oâ€™Reilly makes every number her own,gliding effortlessly through rhythmic backbeats,â€¦sultryâ€¦soulful in virtuoso style.Â The ideal soundtrack to a hot summer night.”
–Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Unlimited Media
â€œMelanieÂ Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s tributeâ€¦. remains true, unsentimental yet affectionate, and itÂ really swungâ€¦
lithe, soulful vocals.â€
–Jim Gilchrist,Â The Scotsman
â€œMelanie captures her often-troubled subjectâ€™s spirit, giving the music an addedÂ emotional kick.â€
–Three Weeks Daily
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