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Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s artistry of cross-genre collaborations will meld with the musical culture of some of Chicago’s immigrant communities, in a series of small group “Innovation Lab” workshop performances throughout 2018. These collaborations will be led by Orbert Davis and Howard Levy, working with select musicians across the city.

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.

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Scenes From Life: Cuba!

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in What's New | Comments Off on Scenes From Life: Cuba!

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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.”