•  “Chicago Immigrant Stories” will bring Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s artistry of cross-genre collaborations to meld with the musical culture of some of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods and immigrant communities.

    “Chicago Immigrant Stories” will bring Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s artistry of cross-genre collaborations to meld with the musical culture of some of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods and immigrant communities.

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January 16 - Immigrant Stories 1: Chinatown - feat. Kerry Leung and Friends
March 14 - Immigrant Stories 2: West Africa - feat. Sekou Conde and Seneke Ensemble
April 3 - Immigrant Stories 3: India - feat. Kalyan Pathak, Hitesh Master, and Natya Dance Theatre
June 14 - "Chicago Immigrant Stories" - full orchestral premiere in Millennium Park

From January 2018 – to May 2018, multi-genre artists Howard Levy and Orbert Davis will seek out three collaborations with culturally specific musicians/composers representing the rich musical cultures of Chicago’s distinct immigrant communities.


These collaborations are part of the “CJP Innovation Lab” series - a performance and workshop series to forge the most ground-breaking, genre-busting artistic collaborations between small groups of musicians and composers.

“Chicago Immigrant Stories” will culminate on June 14, 2018 with a world premiere orchestral arrangement of Innovation Lab ideas, presented as a FREE concert in Millennium Park.


"My parents were the first in our family to be born in the United States"

"My grandfather came here to avoid a holocaust"

"My mother and father came as illegal aliens, but I was born here"

"My mother's family fled from our country's civil war"

"My ancestors were stolen from their homes and brought here under the most horrific conditions... and became slaves"

"My family escaped a cruel dictatorship..."




“My grandmother, who sadly passed away two weeks ago, was a Polish immigrant during WWII. She was taken from Poland to Siberia, was freed and transported through the Middle East down to Central African, then brought to England and eventually sponsored to move to America. She was an incredibly brave and strong woman who brought joy to many people. She may have been an immigrant, but she was truly an American.”

“My parents were in NY in the 50's. My dad was a diplomat for the Haitian Government when Francois Duvalier came to power. Because my dad worked for the previous government he lost his position and they became refugees. I have memories of my parents harboring relatives and friends escaping from the dictatorship, and of political harassment. As bad as things got I was always comforted by the thought that it could never happen here.”

“My paternal grandmother was part Shawnee Indian. They already lived in the United States and their Independence was taken away, as was their land and all of their possessions. They were moved to an Indian Reservation.”

Chicago Immigrants Stories is supported in part by:

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