[members-announce] Three-time Apollo Theater Winner ELLEN O'BRIEN Plays the Blue Note, MONDAY, JULY 10

Toni Ballard toniballard at townisp.com
Sat Jun 10 19:36:42 EDT 2006


 

Three-time Apollo Theater Winner Ellen O'Brien Plays the Blue Note, Monday,
July 10

 

"She knocked people out with her rawer take on the Etta James classic AT
LAST."

- Bill Beuttler, Boston Globe

 

BOSTON, June 9, 2006 - Following two sold-out Sunday afternoon shows in
February, New York City's famed Blue Note Jazz Club has invited vocalist
Ellen O'Brien back to perform on Monday, July 10th with two shows at 8 and
10:30 pm.  Ellen, whose soulful mix of jazz, blues, and pop had the
Regattabar's packed house on their feet pleading for more after a
high-energy, two-and-a-half-hour set, will perform with Dan Rosengard
(piano), Dave Solomon (guitar), Conrad Korsch (bass), and Andrea Valentini
(drums).  Tickets are $10 (table) and $5 (bar) and are available at
www.bluenote.net <http://www.bluenote.net/> , or by calling 212-475-8592.

 

A Revere, Massachusetts native and three-time winner of the Apollo Theater
Competition, Ellen O'Brien may seem like an overnight sensation, but she's
been perfecting her abundant talents for more than 20 years.  When Ellen was
only 14 years old, she began performing with a local Boston legend, pianist
Al Vega, dazzling audiences even then.  Fast forward to last year, when she
was one of three finalists (out of 700 who auditioned) in the Boston
POPSearch contest, and won the chance to perform with the Boston POPS
Orchestra at Symphony Hall. 

 

An accomplished singer and songwriter, Ellen attended Boston's prestigious
Berklee College of Music and received a standing ovation from a full house
at the All-Star Alumni Show in December of 2003, sharing the bill with
fellow alumni such as Susan Tedeschi and Walter Beasley.  In 2004, she sang
the National Anthem before 30,000 spectators at Shea Stadium before a Mets
game, causing catcher Mike Piazza to exclaim, "Now, that's the way it should
be sung!"  Also that year, Ellen filled in for an ailing Carly Simon at a
major Democratic Senatorial fund-raising event, performing with Tony Bennett
and Whoopie Goldberg.

 

Last February, Ellen sold out two shows at the Blue Note Jazz Club.  And in
March, Ellen was saxophonist Myanna's special guest for two sold-out shows
at Boston's Scullers Jazz Club.  This month she performed, for the third
time in less than a year, at the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA.

 

Ellen makes her London debut in August on a two-week tour of the city's top
jazz clubs, fronting a London-based band led by British guitarist Dylan Kay.
Ellen has been booked for Boston's sixth annual BeanTown Jazz Festival at
the end of September, along with such luminaries as McCoy Tyner and Jimmy
Cobb.

 

Her CD Ellen O'Brien, released by Parr Audio, operated by
engineer-to-the-stars Jim Parr on Martha's Vineyard, features members of
Carly Simon's band and includes jazz, pop, blues, and soul. A new live CD,
recorded at a Boston jazz club, will be available in July. 

 

LISTEN TO ELLEN LIVE at:  http://www.ellenobrien.us
<http://www.ellenobrien.us/>    "At Last" and "He's Too Good for Me" --
Recorded Live at the HOT TIN ROOF on Martha's Vineyard.   

 

For more information, CDs, photos, or interview requests, please contact:


Toni Ballard, 508-633-8583, toniballard at townisp.com


 



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