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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensembe

Percy Heath

The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) was born out of an invitation to Artistic Director Orbert Davis from the Jazz Institute of Chicago to “think big” when planning his appearance at the 2004 Chicago Jazz Festival. This performance marked the first time for a resident Chicago Jazz artist to headline the festival, not to mention, being accompanied by a 55-piece jazz orchestra.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, which also has a Chamber Ensemble, has impacted audiences that are as diverse as its artistry; 42,000 and growing.