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Kimmel Center Presents

Jazz Residency Artist Luke Carlos O’Reilly: World Premiere

May 03, 2018
8:00 PM




The final project is revealed in the world premiere.

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Luke Carlos O’Reilly, composer, piano
Sanchel Brown, choreographer and dancer
Pannan Hewitt, lyricist and vocalist

Jazz Residency Project: Luke Carlos O’Reilly, a composer specializing in piano, is focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement with choreographer Sanchel Brown and lyricist Pannan Hewitt. Beginning with his personal encounters with law enforcement, O’Reilly plans to channel fear, passion, sadness, and anger to inspire new music.

      Luke Carlos O’Reilly is an award winning pianist who has always had a passion for music. Whether it is Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel, Latin Jazz, Classical or any other genre, Luke has been drawn to good music since the early age of four. After a Boston upbringing, Luke 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 with artists such as Curtis Fuller, Bobby Watson, Randy Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Valentin, Billy Paul, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Fred Wesley, Red Holloway, Steve Turre, Chico Freeman, Roy Ayers, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Carol Riddick, K’naan and many others. Luke has 2 independently released solo albums; ‘Living In The Now’ (2011) and '3 Suites' (2013).  Both albums contain original compositions as well as covers from Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Janet Jackson, SWV and many more eclectic artists.  At this time, Luke plans to continue writing, performing, recording, and continue to further his work as an educator with young people. 

Sanchel Brown is a dancer/choreographer/actress originally from Baltimore, MD. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and has also studied dances of the Diaspora at L'Ecole De Sable in West Africa. She is the 2015 receipient of the Barrymore Award for "Best Ensemble" and nominee for "Best Lead Actress in A Musical" for her performance as 'Mary' in Langston Hughe's 'Black Nativity'. Sanchel's performance credits include: Urban Bush Women, New Freedom Theatre, Theatre Horizon and many more. Her most recent choreographic creations include Ntozake Shange's 'For Colored Girls', Lynn Nottage's 'One More River To Cross', New Freedom Theatre's production of Black Nativity, Yale University dramatic production of 'Dreamgirls' and her self produced show 'Ode To Black Wombman'. She is ecstatic to join the Kimmel Center's Jazz Residency with Luke Carlos O'Reilly in the Spring of 2018, giving the voice of dance to "Black Lives Matter"!

                Pannan Hewitt is a vocalist, songwriter, musician, and music educator. Born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, Pannan has been singing since childhood.  In 1998 she moved to the U.S. in order to further her music education and to start her professional singing career. Pannan attended Esther Boyer College of music with a Jazz Vocal Performance major at Temple University in Philadelphia. In her singing, Pannan brings energy, passion, power, and a soulful feeling to every single performance. Her voice has proven to be quite versatile, enabling her to bring uniqueness in her performance in multiple genres (Jazz, Rock, Metal, Blues, Gospel). Pannan is currently a worship leader at Freedom Church of Philadelphia and is also one of the vocalists and songwriters in her church's band, Freedom Movement.  She also dedicates time to her own original band, Talitha Koum.





Luke Carlos O'Reilly Performance Schedule

Residency Kick-Off: Tuesday, December 5, 8:00 PM
Public Workshop: Thursday, February 15, 6:00 PM
Work in Progress: Thursday, April 5, 8:00 PM
World Premiere: Thursday, May 3, 8:00 PM

The Kimmel Center Jazz Residency is a year-long program that encourages local musicians to move jazz into the future with new music that is engaging and relevant to the Philadelphia community. To date since 2013, the Kimmel Center has commissioned an astonishing 10 new works from participants. Learn more HERE

These are designated BYO performances. Acceptable forms of BYO are 6-pack of beer and/or 750ml bottles of wine only; no liquor or open containers are permitted. Limit of one (1) 750ml bottle of wine OR one (1) six-pack of beer per two guests. Corkscrews and rolling coolers are not permitted. Ice, cups and corking service available at venue at no cost. All BYO Night guests are subject to lawful ID checks and bag checks at the manager’s discretion.

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Philadelphia, PA 19102


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