One of Chicago’s “most admired jazz artists” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune), Orbert Davis was named by Chicago Magazine as “Y2k Best Trumpeter in Chicago” and “Chicagoan of the Year for 2002.” In September 2011, Davis was named Artist-In-Residence for the Chicago Jazz Festival, an honor held by only one other Chicagoan in its history. 

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Fifteen-year-old De’Kayla Dansberry was stabbed to death during a fight on May 14, 2016 in Chicago by a 13-year-old girl. Poet John Fountain was inspired by Orbert Davis’ rendition of Bill Whithers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” to create a poem in her honor and set it to Orbert’s cover of the Whither’s classic.

Click below to view the finished clip.

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Davis won an Emmy Award for the composition and production of an original score for the national PBS documentary, “DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis.” He is also co-founder, conductor and Artistic Director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, a 55+ piece jazz-symphonic orchestra dedicated to multi-genre projects.

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