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2019 Annual “Think Big” Gala

An evening of music and celebration to raise funds for Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s performance and education programs. Guests will be treated to an exclusive “director’s cut” style listening (and viewing) session of  our newly released album “The Chicago River” an Orbert Davis orchestral composition.

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.