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Away from the stage, Melanie has also found success in radio.
Melanie’s series “Jazz on the Bay”, in which she interviewed legendary luminaries from the world of jazz, was broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 for six seasons.
The programme featured conversations with Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Clint Eastwood, Nancy Wilson, Bobby McFerrin and a host of other stars.
Well received during its run, Jazz on the Bay won a PPI/Irish National Radio Award for Music Specialist Programme of the Year. “It was an extraordinary experience being in the presence of such jazz icons and this had a profound effect on me. The words of Brubeck echo in my ear: “Jazz stands for freedom… Get out there and improvise, and take chances”.
Sunday 27th March, at 5pm Irish time, (9am Pacific time) Melanie's Jazz on the Bay radio show on KCSM.org California, featuring Women of Jazz in the Bay Area. https://www.kcsm.org/ Joining the KCSM I’m Talking Jazz roster is Irish jazz singer Melanie O’Reilly presenting her program Jazz on the Bay which aired originally on RTE 1 (Irish Public Radio). Join Melanie as she visits with the women of jazz in the San Francisco Bay Area featuring the late Denise Perrier, Faye Carol, Frankye…Find out more »
Sunday April 24th , at 9am Pacific time/ 5pm in Ireland, Melanie’s Jazz on the Bay radio show on KCSM.org California, featuring the legendary guitarist Larry Coryell
Sunday April 24th , at 9am Pacific time/ 5pm in Ireland, Melanie’s Jazz on the Bay radio show on KCSM.org California, featuring the legendary guitarist Larry Coryell, https://www.kcsm.org/ Melanie has joined the KCSM I'm Talkin' Jazz roster, presenting her award-winning series Jazz on the Bay, every last Sunday of the month. Join Melanie for the second episode as she meets the late legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, known as the "Godfather of Fusion" and one of the great pioneers in…Find out more »
As Jazz Artist in Residence at Wexford Arts Centre, Melanie presents two special online radio shows for International Jazz Day, International Jazz Day, Melanie talks to legendary Brazilian jazz singer Flora Purim, acclaimed as one of the most influential singers of her generation and New York based jazz singers Vicki Burns and Suzanne Pittson. Presented in affiliation with Wexford Arts Centre and LirMedia in Ireland & FourMasters Coffee USA. Listen at https://www.wexfordartscentre.ie/wac-event-workshop-recordings/ More about International Jazz Day at https://jazzday.com/listing/melanie-oreillys-jazz-across-the-bay/Find out more »