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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), under the direction of artistic director and co-founder Orbert Davis, continues into a second year of its popular and impactful performance series “Chicago Immigrant Stories.”
The series, which kicked off with Athanasios Zervas on January 24 at the National Hellenic Museum in Greektown (West Loop), continues on February 21 (6:30 p.m.) at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. The project will culminate in July 2019 with a full orchestral arrangement of these Innovation Lab ideas, featuring all the collaborating performers with CJP’s 60-member orchestra, conducted by Davis.
Emmy Award-winning trumpeter, composer and educator Orbert Davis is co-founder, conductor and artistic director of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, comprised of a 55+ piece jazz-symphonic orchestra and a 15-piece chamber ensemble dedicated to multi-genre projects. Davis won an Emmy Award for the composition and production of an original score for the national PBS documentary, DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis, and served as the Chicago Jazz Festival’s 2011 “Artist in Residence.” Davis’ compositions and arrangements have been performed worldwide by the Melbourne Symphony (with Kurt Elling), Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta and Fox Valley Orchestra. In addition to performing, composing and teaching, Davis also hosts the weekly jazz radio show, The Real Deal, airing on the College of DuPage’s WDCB 90.9 FM and streaming on wdcb.org.
All events are free and open to the general public.
“Chicago Immigrant Stories” is made possible through support from The Reva and David Logan Foundation, and ComEd’s “Powering Up the Arts” program. For event details visit www.chijazzphil.org.
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Trumpeter Orbert Davis leads the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (photo courtesy of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic).