London-born, Ohio-raised Saxophonist and Composer residing in Northern Ireland.
Ohio raised saxophonist and composer Meilana Gillard emerged as a rising star on
the New York scene whilst studying at the New School in the early 2000s. She has
worked with U.S. icons Charli Persip, Christian McBride and also Greg Osby, who
released her debut album Day One on his Inner Circle Music label in 2009, as well
as Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Campbell and the New York all-female big band DIVA.
Based near Belfast since 2012, she's now set to release her second album Dream
Within a Dream on May 26th via Lyte Records.
Choosing a chordless trio format, Meilana features MOBO nominated drummer
David Lyttle, who has featured her in his own trio and alongside trumpet star Terell
Stafford, and whose own recent studio collaborations include Joe Lovano and Talib
Kweli. On bass is Co. Clare born Neil O'Loghlen, who is known for his work with
guitar master Louis Stewart and Ensemble Eriu.
(last updated June 27, 2017)
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2017-07-06
I love jazz mostly because its fun, but also because it requires humans to come together and support each other
celebrating our individuality and creating something much larger than ourselves. It makes people feel really good also! There is
so much beauty and elegance, its my favorite form of expression.
I was first exposed to jazz... my grandpa used to listen to Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra. etc. and my mom
played me Miles Davis before I was born :-)
The first jazz record I bought was The Essential Stan Getz.
My advice to new listeners... Get lost in the feels, and stay open-minded!