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Tribute to De’Kayla Dansberry becomes song and video

“While listening to Orbert Davis’ trumpet wail on his stirring rendition of Bill Wither’s ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ I was inspired to write my own words surrounding the original refrain. Three simple words — Ain’t No Sunshine — they spoke to me deeply about the murders of ‘our daughters’ in Chicago. “I played the song again and again, letting it marinate over my soul while sitting at my computer keyboard. Words seemed to leap from the haunting melancholy rhythm of Orbert’s horn. What I wrote, I presented as a recent column, calling it ‘An Ode to De’Kayla.’” —John Fountain

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Orbert Davis Quintet @ Jazz Showcase

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IN Conversation: Ramsey Lewis and Orbert Davis with Welz Kauffman

Music legends Ramsey Lewis and Orbert Davis sat down with Ravinia Festival president and CEO Welz Kauffman to share their journeys in the world of jazz music and give their thoughts on the future of the...

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CBS Evening news profile

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Scenes From Life: Cuba!

                  Thirty-seven student musicians from Cuba’s national conservatory of the arts, the Universidad de las Artes (ISA), traveled to Chicago as guests of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) for a week-long cultural exchange that culminated with a landmark performance with CJP at the Auditorium Theatre. This collaboration with ISA began with Orbert’s visit to Cuba as part of the Havana International Jazz Festival in December 2014. Orbert and members of CJP were rehearsing with the students at ISA during President Obama’s historic announcement of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, thrusting Davis and company into the international spotlight on “60 Minutes.”      ...

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Sidley Austin LLP Partner David Gordon, and Emmy-Award Winning Trumpeter Orbert Davis Join Ingenuity’s Board of Directors

Ingenuity welcomes David Gordon and Orbert Davis to its Board of Directors. Gordon is a partner with Sidley Austin LLP, a global law firm with 1,900 lawyers, where he serves as Deputy Group Head for the 110-lawyer Litigation Group in Chicago. Davis is an Emmy-Award winning trumpeter, composer and educator, as well as co-founder, conductor and artistic director of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, a 55+ piece symphonic jazz orchestra. “We are excited to have David and Orbert join our Board of Directors,” says Paul Sznewajs, Executive Director at Ingenuity. “David’s legal acumen, strong experience with municipal structures, and passion for the arts along with Orbert’s experience as a performer and founder of one of Chicago’s prized...

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