While in Los Angeles, in 2005, researching for her radio show ‘Jazz on the Bay’, Melanie met Hollywood scriptwriter Paul Peterson. One of Anita O’Day’s closest friends, he was in the process of writing a show about her life and music. When he met Melanie, he exclaimed “I’ve found my Anita O’Day!”.
Sadly, two years later, in 2007, both Anita and Paul had passed away within six months of each other.
Now, four years on, Melanie continues her musical journey to carry on their creative work and dedicates her show to them, entitled Jazz on a Summer’s Day: a Tribute to Anita O’Day. She comments: “Because Anita was already ill in 2005, I was unable to interview her for my radio program. Instead I decided to take the step of doing the show and performing her songs myself, especially as I had been very influenced by her sound and songs earlier in my life.
“So ‘Jazz on the Bay’ was really the catalyst for my ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’ show, and I have absolutely loved doing both for a number of years now.”
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