Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, September 25, 5:00-6:00pm

West Stage

Founded in 1978 by JEFF LINDBERG as the Jazz Members Big Band, the CHICAGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA (CJO) was the opening band for the inaugural Chicago Jazz Festival in 1979. Now entering its 38th anniversary year, the CJO has a spirit of versatility that continues to make the band one of Chicago’s favorite performers and a Chicago music treasure.  Called “the best big band in the country” by Clark Terry, the CJO has performed with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Louie Bellson, and Herbie Hancock. Among the CJO’s accomplishments are 27 consecutive appearances at the Kennedy Center Honors Gala, a rare “Five Star” DownBeat Magazine rating for its recording Clark Terry and Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and recent appearances with an incredible array of guest artists including Ahmad Jamal, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Feinstein, Randy Brecker, Kurt Elling, and Anat Cohen. The CJO has performed at Ravinia and, most recently, at Symphony Center with Ann Hampton Calloway, Dee Alexander, and Rene Marie in a Tribute to Sarah Vaughn. The CJO is releasing its newest CD at the Festival to include big band standards, original charts by Tom Garling and other band members, a new chart from Bill Holman, and transcriptions of charts by Gerry Mulligan, Duke Ellington, and Bob Brookmeyer.

Vocalist, FRIEDA LEE has toured with the late, great Joe Williams and Kevin Mahogany, as well as the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, performing over 20 times at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Frieda has embraced the vocal styles of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nancy Wilson, and the legacy of composers Gershwin, Porter, Kern, and Ellington. THE CJO - Saxophones: BILL OVERTON, alto; GREG WARD, alto; SCOTT BURNS, tenor; MARK COLBY, tenor; JERRY DIMUZIO, baritone. Trumpets: VICTOR GARCIA, DOUG SCHARF, MARQUIS HILL, ART DAVIS. Trombones: TIM COFFMAN, TOM GARLING, JOEL ADAMS, MICHAEL YOUNG. Bass: DENNIS CARROLL. Drums: GEORGE FLUDAS. Piano: DAN TRUDELL.