From Louis Armstrong to Leon Bridges: Celebrating a Century of Genius in Black American Music

By Fairmount Park Conservancy (other events)

Sunday, February 26 2023 2:00 PM 5:00 PM EDT

As part of Black History Month, we are excited to present “From Louis Armstrong to Leon Bridges: Celebrating a Century of Genius in Black American Music” -- a live musical performance spotlighting original compositions from some of the most influential Black artists and composers of the last 100 years. Expect a fun and diverse journey through the music of Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Roberta Flack, Alicia Keys, Leon Bridges and more.


SET I - 2:00-3:15: Luke O'Reilly Quartet

Luke Carlos O’Reilly’s Quartet is composed of saxophonist Hiruy Tirfe, Bassist Dan McCain and drummer Mikel Patrick Avery.  The group plays original compositions from O’Reilly, as well as covers from the black diaspora and American songbook. As a leader, O’Reilly has released three albums with the latest being ‘I, Too, Sing America: A Black Man’s Diary’ (Imani Records).  O’Reilly’s compositions draw from life experiences and musical influences such as jazz, classic, soul and R&B music.

SET II - 3:45-5:00: Robin Clabby & friends 

The band will be led by saxophonist/vocalist Robin Clabby and will feature an A-list crew of Philadelphia area musicians.

Robin recently relocated to the Philadelphia area from New Orleans where he spent 12 years touring nationally and internationally with the Brass-a-holics. He was recently honored to contribute bari sax to PJ Morton's current Grammy nominated album, "Watch the Sun".

The performance is FREE (with limited capacity) and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is sponsored by AFM Local 77 (the Philadelphia Musicians' Union) and the Music Performance Trust Fund.

TICKETS: FREE! RSVP is appreciated but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis


  • Light snacks and refereshments will be served, but your'e welcome to bring your own food & drink 
  • Seats will be set up auditorium-style with limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. (Additional seating on the front porch, weather permitting). 
  • There are bathrooms located in the Hatfield House.

PARKING/GETTING THERE: There is very limited parking at the Hatfield House. To enter the lot, turn right after the Aldi on Girard Avenue (you may have to actually turn into the Aldi lot to turn around, if not travelling from the east). Due to the limited parking, we strongly recommend arriving with Uber, Lyft, Indego Bike Share, or public transportation.