The Orbert Davis Sextet's "Tribute to Freddie Hubbard"
Saturday, September 24, 4:15-5:15pm
A master trumpeter, gifted composer, conductor, and educator, ORBERT DAVIS is co-founder and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), a 55 piece jazz-symphonic orchestra, which he co-founded in 2004. He also works with at-risk children through his Jazz Alive program, which is the Arts Education outreach arm of the CJP. In addition to eight CD’s, including the newly released Havana Blue, and three films to his credit, Orbert conducts his newest piece, Soul Migration, commissioned for the Great Black Migration Centennial Celebration, at the opening of the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival. He also has composed The Chicago River, inspired by the reversal of the Chicago River in the early 20th century, and performed at Symphony Center in 2013; a piece for the City of Chicago’s 173rd birthday; and Hope in Action, a tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, both performed by the CJP to capacity crowds in Millennium Park. In 1995 the Chicago Tribune named Orbert one of the Arts People of the Year, and in 2003 Chicago Magazine named him one of seven Chicagoans of the Year. He was commissioned to write the music for the 2010 WTTW special, From DuSable to Obama for which he won an Emmy. Orbert is also host of “The Real Deal with Orbert Davis,” a weekly three hour program airing on 90.9fm WDCB, also streaming live at wdcb.org. For the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Orbert pays tribute to one of the great jazz trumpeters, Freddie Hubbard, who formed his sound out of the Clifford Brown/Lee Morgan tradition, and became a pacesetter in jazz in the 1970s. The Sextet includes ORBERT DAVIS, trumpet; VICTOR JESUS GARCIA, trumpet; PHAREZ WHITTED, trumpet; LEANDRO LOPEZ VARADY, piano; STEWART MILLER, bass; and YUSSEF ERNIE ADAMS, drums.