Ohio raised saxophonist and composer Meilana Gillard emerged as a rising star on the New York jazz scene whilst studying at the New School in the early 2000s.
She then worked with U.S. jazz icons Charli Persip, Christian McBride and Greg Osby, who released her debut album ‘Day One' on his Inner Circle Music label.
She also worked with Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Campbell and the brilliant New York all-female big band DIVA.
Based near Belfast, she has now released her second album ‘Dream Within a Dream' on Lyte Records.
Meilana is inspired by legends such as Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Elvin jones, john Coltrane, and Branford Marsalis, and makes her eagerly awaited Guinness Cork Jazz Festival debut in the company of the Niall Marron Trio.
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