• The Founders

    The Founders

“Heart and Soul” -Best friends for more than 35 years, Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram founded MusicAlive in 1998 in an effort to repair the damaging effects of the elimination of music arts programming in Chicago schools. Upon witnessing the powerful impact of the arts on elementary students, their vision expanded to give birth to the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in 2004. JazzAlive, now the center of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s educational initiatives, reflects a deep commitment to the arts and how it impacts the lives of individuals, diversifies the culture of a community, and defines the fabric of a city.