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Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Founded in 1978 by Jeff Lindberg and the late Steve Jensen, the Jazz Members Big Band (now the Chicago Jazz Orchestra) was selected to be the opening band for the First Annual Chicago Jazz Festival in 1979.

After hearing the Orchestra on NPR broadcast of the 1981 Chicago Jazz Festival, Joe Williams began a performance collaboration with the ensemble that flourished, in-cluding ten straight appearances at The Kennedy Center Honors festivities The Chicago Jazz Orchestra performed at The Kennedy Center Honors for the 21 straight year on December 2009.

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