2024 Delco Jazz Jam Performers

Event Headliner: Jazz Pianist Luke Carlos O'Reilly

Luke Carlos O’Reilly is an award winning pianist and organist. His musical style is heavily influenced by Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel, Latin Jazz and Classical. After a Boston upbringing, O’Reilly moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend Esther Boyer School of Music at Temple University on an academic and music scholarship. It was in Philadelphia where he had the opportunity to tour and record with artists such as Seal, Roy Ayers, Curtis Fuller, Nicholas Payton, Dave Valentin, Billy Paul, Bobby Watson, Slide Hampton, Fred Wesley, Macy Gray, Steve Turre, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Carol Riddick, K’naan, Wiz Khalifa and many others.

O’Reilly has 3 solo albums; ‘Living In The Now’ (Prospect Hill Records 2011), '3 Suites' (Prospect Hill Records 2013) and his latest release, ‘I Too, Sing America: A Black Man’s Diary’ (Imani Records 2021).  All 3 albums contain original compositions, and his earlier works include arrangements of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Janet Jackson and SWV.  In 2018, he was named an ‘Artist In Residence’ at The Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  It was this residency that led to the creation of his latest release, which is a Black Lives Matter themed suite of music.
In addition to his continued touring of his own projects, O’Reilly works often as a sideman as well. He is currently teaching at The Kimmel Center of Philadelphia and The University of The Arts.

With special guest vocalist Emily Braden


Emily Braden is the winner of New York City's 'Best of the Best' Jazzmobile Vocal Competition and two-time cultural ambassador with the US Embassy’s Arts Envoy Program. Originally from Boise, Idaho, Braden is a Harlem-based vocalist, songwriter and lyricist who effortlessly blends jazz, soul and pop to win the hearts of audiences around the world. NYC performances include Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note Jazz Club (Groove Series), The 55 Bar and Minton’s Playhouse. 

The Lovett Hines Legacy Ensemble of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts (PCC) was founded in 1966 by James Adams and members of Local No. 274 as the Local’s social club.  Local No. 274 was Philadelphia’s African American musicians union.  At a time when the city’s African American  musicians struggled for political, economic and cultural recognition, Local No. 274 gave them representation and broke a tradition of segregation.  With members such as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Lee Morgan, “Philly Joe Jones,” Grover Washington Jr, the Heath Brothers, Nina Simone, and Butch Ballard, Local No. 274 was crucial to the growth of a thriving jazz scene in Philadelphia.   When it dissolved in 1971, Local No. 274 was the last independent African American musicians union in the United States. It was not unusual to see Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Art Blakely, Dinah Washington, Max Roach and others exchanging jazz ideas in the hallways of the PCC.  The PCC eventually became a haven for jazz lovers, who would pack The PCC on weekends and watch celebrities as they made their flashy entrances. The PCC became so popular that it created a “B” membership for jazz lovers and out-of-town musicians.  In 1970 it was relocated from 912 South Broad Street to 114 South 13th Street. The PCC continued to function as a social club until 1978, when it expanded its activities to include jazz performance, jazz instruction, and the preservation of Philadelphia’s rich jazz history. In 1982, Dr. Bernard C. Watson, the former president of the William Penn Foundation, allocated funds to construct a new facility at 736 South Broad Street, as part of the development of cultural organizations in Philadelphia’s performing arts district, the Avenue of the Arts.  In January 1993, the Philadelphia Clef Club sponsored a concert in the Academy of Music in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. An audience of nearly 2,600 applauded some of the leading jazz artists in the world, including Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Sonny Fortune, Peter Nero, Red Rodney, Johnny Coles, Lou Tobacin, Mickey Roker, Bobby Durham, Clifford Adams, Randy Brecker, Trudy Pitts, Shirley Scott, Tim Warfield, Charles Fambrough, Christian McBride and Kenny Barron. In 1995, the Philadelphia Clef Club established a new facility on the corner of Broad and Fitzwater Streets that houses classrooms, a performance space, recording facilities, and executive offices. The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts is the first facility ever constructed specifically as a jazz institution – a testament to our nation’s history. Considered a historic icon in the Philadelphia African American community, the PCC has since expanded its offerings to include public performances by leading jazz artists and a music education program which has a significant positive impact on youth participants.

Wheeler Pre-Advanced Jazz Ensemble

Under the direction of Tony Miceli...

Jazz at Settlement 

Settlement Music School is where Philly’s Jazz musicians get their start. Philadelphia plays a pivotal role in jazz history. From Billie Holiday to John Coltrane, many major jazz figures were born here and made Philly their home. A number of them got started right here at Settlement Music School.
Settlement’s jazz alums include Bassists Christian McBride and Stanley Clarke, Violinists John Blake, Jr. and Diane Monroe, the Eubanks brothers, and multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco, just to name a few. Internationally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli not only took lessons at Settlement as a kid, he now coaches Settlement’s Advanced Study Jazz Ensemble. Every day, jazz musicians of all ages and experience levels walk through our doors to practice, rehearse, perform, share ideas, and learn.  
Settlement is preparing the next generation of jazz musicians with classes and private instruction taught by the very best jazz teaching artists. Traditionally, students start with private lessons on an instrument, join a jazz ensemble in early middle school, enroll in music theory and improvisation classes, and eventually audition for higher level ensembles in late middle school and early high school. Settlement offers all of these courses of study, in combination or solo, and is prepared to meet students wherever they might be in their musical development journey.

The CORETet (from Jazz Philadelphia)

The CORETet (from Jazz Philadelphia) fosters a resilient and mutually supportive community through an entrepreneurship and wellness program that serves diverse cohorts of jazz musicians and professionals in Philadelphia. CORE is based on an understanding of the iterative nature of long careers. Successful artists and other professionals must remain true to themselves at challenging invention and reinvention points; center health and wellness to be able to support themselves and others; and recognize the community benefit of strengthening bonds among a core group of creators. The inaugural cohort launched in spring 2022 including Eric McGarry, Geraldine Oliver, Thaine Smith, Lora Sherrodd, Connor O'Neill, Brandon Dennis, Maya Belardo, Paul Gless, Hiruy Tirfe, Kyle Andrews, Kenny Rosario-Pugh, and Nicholas Krolak.