Internationally renowned Irish jazz vocalist Melanie O’Reilly joins Bay Area’s top pianist Frank Martin in this special house concert. Together they perform original works , with an innovative unique sound expressing a compelling bridge between Irish music and jazz. This formidable duo embarks on a musical voyage inspired by Gaelic poetry, Irish myths and the works of literary giants such as James Joyce, and Sean O Riordain. They will also treat you to their mesmerizing performances of jazz standards.

“A thoroughly modern take on the jazz tradition...utterly transformative”  —Ken Kubernik, Author/Record Producer/Journalist Music Connection.

Melanie O’Reilly has brought her unique style of vocal Celtic jazz to international audiences, and has been described as “A gorgeous sound. Celtic cadence with a jazz sensibility” by Contra Costa Times, and “spellbinding uplifting music from a true innovator”, by the Guide to Irish Music. Currently based in California, she is recognized in Downbeat magazine as one of Ireland’s international jazz representatives having performed at festivals and venues worldwide, such as the Lincoln Center NY, the Edinburgh International Festival, Musique d’Ici et d’Ailleurs in France , Irish Writer’s Festival in Washington DC, the International Cork Jazz Festival and the International EU Jazz Festival at UCLA, where she represented Ireland as part of an all-star line-up of European jazz artists.

She is also the creator and host of of the PPI Award-winning radio show “Jazz on the Bay”, broadcast on RTE, and has also hosted for NPR.

Frank Martin, a Northern California native, has performed and recorded with a variety of jazz and popular stars that include Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Trolol Gurtu, and Larry Coryell. Sessions as Arranger/Producer have included artists as diverse as Turtle Island String Quartet, Tuck & Patti, Dori Caymmi, Randy Brecker, Patrice Rushen, Joey DeFrancesco, Buddy Montgomery, and Alex Acuna.

He has traveled as Musical Director for artists Patti Austin, Angela Bofill, Narada Michael Walden, and Roy Ares to name a few.

Melanie O’Reilly
an evening of Celtic Jazz

Frank Martin 
on Piano
Performance, Sunday
May 1, 2016, 7:00 PM
What the Critics Say

“A thoroughly modern take on the jazz tradition...utterly transformative”  —Ken Kubernik, Author/Record Producer/Journalist Music Connection.

"Spellbinding... uplifting music from a true innovator" — Rough Guide to Irish Music

"...A wondrous mix of what this fine singer is all about - a deep passion for Irish Traditional music and Jazz...with O'Reilly's voice weaving a spell..." — Matt Nugent, Evening Herald

"Breathtaking amazing emotional intensity...sheer virtuosity..." — The Irish Times

"Melanie O'Reilly has studiously carved herself a considerable reputation as a jazz singer with a keen ear for the cross-currents that link jazz's lateral thinking with Irish folk and traditional music" — The Irish Times

Listen to Her Music

Autumn Leaves, Auburn House Concert 2009