May 31, 2014
The emerging jazz group iiii is joined by William O’Daly, award-winning poet and acclaimed translator of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, for a transcendent evening of poetry and jazz. Featuring Laila M. Smith on vocals, Paul Bloom on piano, Connor Schultze on bass, Jeremy Dutton on drums and poet William O’Daly.
The group iiii, which Anthony Dean-Harris, Editor in Chief of NESTBOP.COM recently reviewed as “a group of pure radiance,” mix their jazz training (Manhattan School of Music, Brubeck Institute, New School, and New England Conservatory) with pop, singer and songwriter, and R&B influences to forge a new and captivating sound. In 2013, iiii recorded and released its self-titled debut album of original songs. The group —Laila M. Smith, Paul Bloom, Connor Schultze, and Jeremy Dutton — also released an EP, Run iiii Cover, which includes versions of songs by Marvin Gaye, Jessie Ware, and Al Green. In addition to performing and recording, the group works together to share its love for music by giving workshops, clinics, and presentations. iiiimusic.com/album
William O’Daly is a poet, translator of poetry, and author. He has published one book of poems and eight books of translations of the poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, all with Copper Canyon Press. A finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry, O’Daly was profiled on NBC’s “The Today Show.” A National Endowment for the Arts recipient, his poems, poems in translation, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared widely in domestic and international magazines and anthologies. He loves performing with jazz and classical musicians, and with Laila M. Smith and Paul Bloom, of the jazz group iiii, has captivated audiences by exploring the deep connection between poetry and music as they merge in the heart, mind, and soul. williamodaly.com