Orbert Davis Sextet: In The Spirit
Saturday, September 28, 2:30-3:30pm
Emmy-Award-winning trumpeter, composer, and educator ORBERT DAVIS is co-founder, conductor, and artistic director of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), a 55+ piece symphonic jazz orchestra dedicated to bringing together audiences of diverse backgrounds through multigenre projects. Davis has many composer commissions to his credit, including an original score for the national PBS documentary, DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis, for which he garnered an Emmy. His latest release, Paradise Blue, earned a Jeff Award for Best Original Music in a theater performance. In addition to the music education work he does with CJP, Davis is widely respected as a leader in Chicago’s arts and culture community, and for his distinctive ability to use his musical talents to make positive impacts on society through arts education and advocacy. He co-owns and operates Discover Music: Discover Life, Inc., a company that develops curricula and implements programs that use music to teach academic and life skills. Recently, he also celebrated his 400th show as radio personality and host of The Real Deal with Orbert Davis. It’s no wonder Downbeat Magazine dubbed him "Orbert, Inc." in a feature story lauding a long career of noteworthy accomplishments and contributions. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from DePaul University and a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University, Davis holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Governors State University. He is a former associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Artist-in-Residence at Columbia College Chicago.
For this performance, Davis has convened a special group to pay tribute to the great Chicago pianist Willie Pickens, who played regularly for Sunday services at the Hyde Park Union Church.
Orbert Davis (trumpet); Rajiv Halim (alto saxophone); John Moulder (guitar); Stewart Miller (bass); Ernie Adams (drums); Reggie Thomas (piano)