Just Imagine...
Jazz and classical music thriving in perfect harmony...

"Bristling innovation and mainstream melody-making classical modernism and free jazz improvisation — all these elements, and others, converge when CJP takes the stage."
— Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

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. The scope and scale of the performance was certainly unlike anything the Chicago Jazz Festival has ever witnessed.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic has impacted audiences that are as diverse as its artistry; 42,000 and growing!

"Chicago Jazz Philharmonic combines jazz and classical to create new, evolved, “third stream” musical experiences at home and around the world. CJP's third stream approach unites diverse perspectives, expanding the potential of what music brings to life for students, musicians, audiences, and communities."


The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic is incorporated and recognized in the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit corporation. The organization is tax exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(C)3 of the Internal Revenue Code as of May 5, 2004 (tax exempt letter available upon request). Therefore, any donations/contributions to CJP are 100% tax deductible.