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Trumpeter, composer Orbert Davis is co-founder, conductor and artistic director of CHICAGO JAZZ PHILHARMONIC, a 55+ piece jazz-symphonic orchestra dedicated to multi-genre projects. Orbert is also clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Winner of the 1995 Cognac Hennessy National Jazz Search, Orbert was chosen one of Chicago Tribune's "1995 Arts People of the Year". Chicago Magazine named him "Y2k Best Trumpeter in Chicago" and "Chicagoan of the Year for 2002". Along with his business partner Mark Ingram, Orbert owns and operates ORBARK PRODUCTIONS. Their credits include projects for Atlantic, Capitol, CBS, Epic, MCA, the Warner Brothers record labels and several feature films

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Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

As a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison music students who banded together in 1996, Phat Phunktion have built a loyal following of listeners throughout the United States and around the world. Combining the polish of Top 40 with the smooth feeling of 60’s soul and the raw groove of 70’s funk, Phat Phunktion is a nine-piece ...

Havana Blue

Label: 3Sixteen Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Havana Blue Suite (Sabor / Congri / Solteras / El Malecon / A Fin Te Vi / Havana @ 12 / Orlando’s Walk); Chega de Saudade; Manteca; Seraphim; Orlando’s Walk.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL September 24-25, 2016Regard the Hyde Park Jazz Festival as you would your favorite restaurant, where it just so happens that you are best friends with the chef. You have an embarrassment of riches because everything on the menu, which is fresh and delicious, organic, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble: Havana Blue

Read "Havana Blue" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba warming, the chances for musical reciprocity have escalated apace. As one who has long admired the music of our neighboring island the the south, Chicago-based trumpeter / composer Orbert Davis was quick to seize the initiative, spending nine days in Havana with Cuban-born choreographer Frank Chavez in October ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Presents Grammy Winning Artists Trio Globo

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Presents  Grammy Winning Artists Trio Globo

The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) explores the rich global influences in jazz in two concerts on Friday April 24 at the North Shore Center for the Arts in Skokie, and on Sunday April 26 at the Beverly Arts Center in jny: Chicago. “Four Corners of the World” will feature the CJP Chamber Ensemble performing with internationally ...

Sketches of Spain Revisited

Label: 3Sixteen Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Concierto de Aranjuez; Muerto del Matador; El Moreno; El Albaicin; Solea.

ARTICLE: ONE LP

Orbert Davis: Clifford Brown with Strings

Read "Orbert Davis: Clifford Brown with Strings" reviewed by William Ellis

Orbert Davis: Symphony Centre, Buntrock Hall, Chicago. 15th May, 2013 This is Clifford Brown with Strings (EmArcy, 1955). I was a teenager when I first heard this incredible album--the depth is in its subtleties--and Clifford is so perfect with the string writing of Neal Hefti. It's a true blending of classical and jazz.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Sketches of Spain Revisited

Read "Sketches of Spain Revisited" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One by one, the trio of classic big-band collaborations by Miles Davis and Gil Evans is being rediscovered and reinvented by contemporary jazz ensembles: Miles Ahead, Porgy & Bess and last but not least, the tasteful and picturesque Sketches of Spain, reappraised here by trumpeter Orbert Davis (no relation to Miles) and the splendid Chicago Jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination

Read "Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination" reviewed by Jazz Beyond Borders

Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz Oxygen for the Ears is a 2012 award-winning documentary film depicting the vibrancy of the jazz scene in the nation's capital. Made in three years by German-born astrophysicist Stefan Immler, the 94-minute documentary shows the city's key role in the past, present and future of jazz and is gaining attention ...


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