Luke O’Reilly presents: I Too Sing America featuring acclaimed trumpeter Terell Stafford & Shenel Johns on vocals
Pianist and organist Luke O’Reilly brings together a star-studded group to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
I Too Sing America is Luke O’Reilly’s newest recording. Of this new album, O’Reilly says, “My intention with this album is to convey the pain, the hurt and heartbreak that one goes through as a black man or woman living in America today. We are all too familiar with the new stories of black individuals who have been verbally, emotionally and physically abused by the police. This physical abuse too often leads to an unwarranted death. The tragedy continues when those who are responsible are left on punished, leaving families and communities without justice. My hope is that this music reminds us all, that black lives really do matter”.
Colombian native Luke Carlos O’Reilly is an award winning pianist whose musical career spans multiple genres. At an early age, O’Reilly was drawn to Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel, Latin Jazz, Classical and beyond. When he was four years old, he and his mother started taking group piano lessons together. By age ten he began to study the saxophone as well. It was the introduction of Oscar Peterson’s music at the age of fourteen that steered Luke in the direction of Jazz. Until then, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Earth, Wind and Fire and Otis Redding had been his heaviest influences.Through years of practicing and support from his family, Luke became well known on the music scene in the Boston area, where he spent most of his childhood. Before the age of 17, through his high school’s music program, Luke had been given the opportunity to play with Clark Terry, Joshua Redman, Walter Blanding, and Steve Turre, as well as to play on a 15 day tour in Europe. He also took part in several international music festivals at Berklee, IAJE, and University of New Hampshire as well as participating in All-District and All-State competition bands.