In 2003 Warren Oree and Graziella partnered to bring the 2003 Philadelphia Jazz and Poetry Festival to Philadelphia – the spark for LifeLine Music Coalition (LMC) , which ignited a passion and dedication for presenting PHILADELPHIA area jazz musicians in a festival setting.
From 2004 through 2011, LMC was the music producer for the West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival – four outdoor stages with non-stop music for three days. In addition to the hundreds of Philadelphia artists who performed, the WOL Festival invited Chaka Khan, Roy Ayers, WAR, Ashford & Simpson, The O’Jays, Benny Golson, Tower of Power, Average White Band, Jeffrey Osborne, David Sanborne, Teena Marie, Esperanza Spalding and countless others. In June 2013, LMC was invited to produce the West Oak Lane Festival at the Keswick which once again brought the community together to experience the power of live music. Bobbi Humphrey, Roy Ayers, Carol Riddick, Urban Guerilla Orchestra and the Philadelphia Clef Clef Club Senior Youth Band, rocked the house.
In 2013, Warren Oree led the way to bring Philly jazz home again, this time to Center City to the house which JAZZ built – the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival (PUJF) was born.
In 2014, LifeLine Music Coalition took the festival outside to South Street West – between Broad and 16th Street, to an eager crowd of attendees who greatly appreciated the opportunity to see and hear renowned Philadelphia musicians including the Sun Ra Arkestra – for FREE. The South Street West neighborhood setting offered attendees an opportunity to check out the great new restaurants and shops, including the PHS Pop-Up garden which was also filled with music throughout the day. Some festival goers compared the festival vibe to Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
We’re going back to South Street this year on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 12 noon to 10 pm. where some of the greatest Philadelphia musicians will take the stage and the community will once again enjoy the music for FREE!
Thank you to the South Street West Business Association for inviting us back.