The Monk Meets the First Lady

April 29, 2017 at 8:00PM, Governor's State University

Orbert Davis’ CJP Chamber Ensemble celebrates the centennial birthdays of two of the jazz genre’s most influential artists: Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald. While Ella’s music has been a staple of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic performances, new arrangements of Thelonious Monk works will premiere under Orbert Davis’ baton, blending jazz and classical genres. This performance will also mark a CJP debut for vocalist Tammy McCann, hailed by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune as “the next great voice coming out of Chicago.”


Daily Southtown (April 14, 2017)
“"Every time we perform or whether we're teaching at a school we always say that change happens so the audience can expect to be changed, to be inspired and something new to happen. There's always an unexpected experience."”-Quote by Orbert Davis; Reported by Jessi Virtusio

Chicago Jazz Magazine (April 25, 2017)
“'Chicago Jazz Philharmonic has been recognized with the prestigious 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and this honor is well deserved. We are honored and thrilled to welcome back the Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic to our campus for the third time with a unique program that celebrates the legendary First Lady of Song Ella Jane Fitzgerald and the giant of jazz Thelonious Monk,' says Lana Rogachevskaya, Executive Director of the Center.”-Chicago Jazz Magazine