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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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Orbert Davis Wants To Keep Jazz Alive In Schools

Award-winning Chicago musician Orbert Davis is best known as a world class jazz trumpet virtuoso, but he’s also an educator who wants to keep music in schools. Davis, the founder of the 55-piece Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, is also an Emmy-award winning composer. Another passion that runs deep: teaching jazz, and other life lessons, through the Jazz Alive Program. “It’s about, ‘Boy if I can spend some time with my instrument, I will be better.’ And we also transfer those skills to their academic success as well. Do more reading. Do more studying of words. Make your words come alive through you instrument,” he said. For the young musicians at Lionel Hampton Fine and Performing Arts School in the city’s Ashburn neighborhood,...

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