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

Ireland, Wexford Ireland, Wexford Cornmarket - Wexford Arts Centre

20 Aug. 2021 Starts in 22 day(s)
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Melanie O'Reilly & Trio - Jazz on a Summer's Evening: a tribute to Anita O'Day - devised and performed by jazz singer Melanie O'Reilly with Kevin Lawlor - drums, Myles Drennan - piano, Adrian Jackson - bass

Melanie O’Reilly celebrates the legendary jazz singer Anita O’Day, capturing the essence of an unconventional musical genius. In this jazz theatre piece, Melanie narrates and sings the story of O’Day, who wanted to be a jazz singer and refused to let anything stop her. The show, created and devised by Melanie, tells of a bold unconventional musical genius who shattered the traditional role of a “girl singer” with her smoky swinging 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 ground-breaking film documentary "Jazz on a Summer’s Day,"

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Wexford Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary venue of professional arts practice and local cultural initiatives. It celebrates and fosters high quality creative and artistic experiences by commissioning and presenting art forms across disciplines. The centre develops its audiences through provision of a comprehensive and varied programme of events. Wexford Arts Centre aims to be a venue of excellence that supports the contribution of the arts to the cultural life of County Wexford.