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Melanie has also found success in radio.
Melanie’s award-winning 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”.
The series is currently being broadcast every last Sunday of the month on California based KCSM.org, the Bay Area’s jazz station.
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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 »
Sun, Jun 26th from 9:00AM - 10:00AM (CA)/ 5pm- 6pm (Ireland) Jazz on the Bay, Episode 4: "Jazz on the Streets" In the fourth episode of "Jazz on the Bay" on KCSM, Melanie savours the sound of live jazz on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland. featuring three renowned Bay Area saxophonists:- the late Oakland jazz icon Vince Wallace who has played a pivotal role in jazz in the Bay Area Jazz scene, jazz soloist and educator Jim Grantham…Find out more »
Melanie presents her award-winning series Jazz on the Bay on KCSM.org: Episode 8, featuring virtuoso vocalist Bobby McFerrin who ranks among the most distinctive and original singers in contemporary music. In this programme Bobby shares his beginnings, his inspirations and his musical journey, while chatting to Melanie in the grounds of the Monterey Jazz Festival.Find out more »
Jazz on the Bay with Melanie O'Reilly. Episode 9: Kitty Margolis NOTE: Times Zones: 9am-10am Pacific/ and 5pm - 6pm GMT. In this episode of Jazz on the Bay, Irish jazz singer Melanie O’Reilly meets vocalist Kitty Margolis who is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and inspired singers in jazz today. A native of San Francisco, her imaginative improvisations, dynamism, and inventive scat have redefined the art of jazz vocals and she is seen as the direct heir to great vocalists who came before…Find out more »
Melanie O'Reilly's Jazz on the Bay on KCSM.org Episode 10 : Jazz at Pearl's: Kim Nally In this episode of Jazz on the Bay, Melanie journeys to North Beach, known as the bohemian centre of San Francisco, where she visits the legendary Jazz at Pearl's and chats to singer/actress/bandleader and producer Kim Nally, who shares her musical inspirations and her many live performances recorded at this iconic jazz club. (Originally broadcast on RTE Radio 1, Ireland's National Broadcaster). Time: 9am -10am in…Find out more »
Melanie O'Reilly hosts " Jazz on the Bay" : Episode 11: Dame Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth 9am - 10am (California)/ 5pm - 6pm (Ireland) In this episode of Jazz on the Bay, Irish jazz singer Melanie O’Reilly meets British jazz aristocrats singer Dame Cleo Laine and sax player/arranger/bandleader Sir John Dankworth during their stay at Sonoma County, California where they had made their second home for some years. Together they share their exciting music careers, their personal stories,…Find out more »