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An afternoon of Food, Family, Fun, and Music! Orbert Davis’ Jazz and Family Festival comes to Island Park in Momence, Illinois and features:

– Orbert Davis and Friends
– Sones de México Ensemble
– The Swing Kings, and
– Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Youth Ensemble, conducted by Golden Apple winner Dr. Roosevelt Griffin

Orbert Davis' Jazz and Family Festival


When: July 13, 2019 from 1pm to 7pm
Where: Island Park, Momence IL

Orbert Davis’ Jazz and Family Festival is proudly sponsored by Orbark Productions, Cranky Mike’s, and Van Drunen Farms

Tribute to De’Kayla Dansberry becomes song and video

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in What's New | 0 comments

“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

IN Conversation: Ramsey Lewis and Orbert Davis with Welz Kauffman

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in What's New | 0 comments

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 genre.