“Celtic Jazz,” the first in a new concert series intended to enrich Danville’s arts scene, will be presented on Thursday evening, May 3, at 7:30 at the Village Theater by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.
Melanie O’Reilly and her trio create their riveting and unique sound by fusing Celtic melodies with American jazz. Melanie’s original compositions are inspired by traditional Gaelic culture and contemporary Irish poetry.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and currently based in the Bay Area, Melanie has performed at festivals and venues worldwide, such as Lincoln Center, the Edinburgh International Festival, Musique d’Ici et d’Ailleurs in France, and the International Jazz Festival at UCLA. She created and hosted an award-winning series “Jazz on the Bay,” broadcast by RTE, Ireland’s National Radio Station.
“One of Ireland’s foremost jazz ambassadors” Downbeat Magazine
“Spellbinding uplifting music from a true jazz innovator” Guide to Irish Music
“Melanie showcases Gaelic as an exciting jazz medium. Her voice soars to dynamic heights, drifts into sultriness.” Gianna Ranuzzi, Berkeley World Music Festival
“Melanie swings and shimmers with a Gaelic edge. A thoroughly modern take on the jazz tradition . . . utterly transformative.” Ken Kubernik, Music Connection LA
Pianist/arranger Frank Martin has performed and recorded with such giants of the jazz and pop worlds as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, and the Turtle Island String Quartet.
Bassist Fred Randolph is a master of many musical styles including jazz, salsa, samba, rock, and fusion.
Drummer Jack Dorsey has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as The Coasters, Jose Feliciano, Bobby Freeman, Etta Jones, and Buddy Miles. He has also recorded soundtracks for 20th Century Fox, Zoetrope, and Skywalker Ranch.
Get your tickets now at www.villagetheatreshows.com