What’s New

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s highly anticipated online learning program for anyone with a creative musical appetite is finally here! CJP University (CJPU) is a new program presented by Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, comprised of online video courses on unique topics in music. We invite you to learn music from anywhere you access the internet, on your time, from expert music educators.

2021 “Think Big!” Gala

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June 2021



Thank you to everyone who joined us – we raised almost $90,000 from this event!
If you missed the show, you can watch the best moments, including the performance by Orbert and Kurt, below!

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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency




2021 “Think Big!” Honorees
Tour de Jazz Presenters


Thank you to all our 2021 “Think Big!” Gala Sponsors

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Third Stream Residency at the University of Louisville

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November 2020

Recognizing that classical orchestral and jazz ensemble programs are often disconnected from each other, this university residency will ‘bridge the gap

Orbert Davis has contemplated a radical (r)evolution of Third Stream music; one where jazz, with its tradition of collaboration, openness and improvisation becomes the ethos of the orchestra. This residency program works to educate students on the personal, cultural, societal, and musical benefits of combining classical and jazz.

Under the direction of Orbert Davis, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic travels 3-5 of its core musicians and partners with university orchestras to lead a series of workshops, master classes, and rehearsals to culminate in a performance presenting CJP’s signature ‘Third Stream’ repertoire.

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Professor of Music Education and Jazz Studies and Chair of the Academic and   Professional Studies Department in the School of Music at the University of   Louisville
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Director of Orchestral Studies and Opera Theatre and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Music at the University of Louisville

Get a taste of the experience with the preview videos below! 

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May 2020

UPDATE: We received nearly thirty submissions from talented student and professional musicians that spanned four different continents, cultivating over 13,000 views on Facebook and Instagram, and raised close to $5,000 in support of CJP’s education programs, and education programs in Cuba.

Check out the finale submission compilation video below!
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Orbert Davis’ Jazz & Family Festival

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July 2019


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

2019 Annual “Think Big” Gala “The Chicago River” Album Release Celebration

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What: 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 excerpts from our newly released album “The Chicago River”, an Orbert Davis orchestral composition inspired by photographs from The Lost Panorama documenting the historic reversal of our city’s waterway.

When: May 16, 2019 at The River Roast (315 N. LaSalle St., Chicago)

Who: CJP donors, fans, friends of Host Committee members, corporate executives, and members of Chicago’s philanthropic and arts community

 7:00 PM

Departures of downtown Water Taxis to River Roast dock
Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
Seated Dinner and Program
“The Chicago River” hi‐definition listening and viewing experience, with commentary from Orbert Davis (composer) and Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, co‐authors of the book The Lost Panorama

Presentation of “Think Big” Founder’s Award to:

Ted and Susan Oppenheimer

Inaugural “Jazz Alive” Educator’s Award to:

Valerie Nicholson, Professor of Music, Prairie State College

Tickets and Tables:

Tables of ten (10) are $2,500 ‐ $20,000 Individual Tickets are $250

Contact: Birdie Soti, Executive Director
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic ‐ 1111 N. Wells Street, Suite 501, Chicago, IL 60610 Tel. (312) 573‐8932, x. 936 Email. [email protected]