Sunday, June 19, 2016

USA: The Orbert Davis Quintet @ The Jazz Showcase June 23 - 26 + New CD"Havana Blue"

The Orbert Davis Quintet
Appearing @
The Jazz Showcase
806 S Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 360-0234
Thursday – Sunday
June 23 – 26, 2016


Tickets & Info
New CD "Havana Blue"

Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
“Havana Blue”
(316 Records CD31608) 

Street Date: June 16, 2016


In a momentous collaboration, beginning with an exploratory trip to Cuba in October 2012, Orbert Davis shares his experiences and brings the Cuban culture’s rich history to life in a vibrant new CD entitled
“Havana Blue” Recorded live at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

CHICAGO, IL – Havana Blue was conceived as a collaboration between the artistic directors of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and River North Dance Chicago, Orbert Davis (composer) and Frank Chavez (choreographer), to discover their African and Cuban roots through a live presentation of music and dance. It premiered and was recorded ‘live’ at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on April 13, 2013 as a highlight of the theater’s Music + Movement Festival.
To develop the work, Davis and Chaves spent nine days together in Havana, Cuba in October 2012. For Chaves, it was a return home to a place he never really knew, having left the island of his birth at the age of six months. For Davis, it was an opportunity to experience one of the most musical places on the planet. “I learned so much just being there”, says Davis. “Everywhere I went, I took my trumpet and would play whenever I could – just started jamming’. The streets, the restaurants, hotels... Everyone has such respect for the music. It’s amazing.” If Chaves’ goal was to say something about being Cuban, Davis sought to, as he puts it, ‘become Cuban’ by connecting his cultural roots to Cuba, where the African heritage is prominent.
Broken into seven vignettes, Havana Blue tells the multi-faceted story of Cuban culture and brings out the many flavors of passion, romance, angst, energy and uncertainty that are embedded in a tumultuous society. From a joyous celebration in the streets of Havana, to a dramatic, intense journey out of a devastated country, the piece infuses Cuban rhythm with pure emotion.
“We wanted to create an innovative, contemporary take on Afro-Caribbean music, departing from the cliché of fast tempos, bright colors, and ruffled shirts,” Davis explains. “Havana Blue explores the similarities between African and Cuban rhythms and culture and how that heritage helps people overcome the challenges of everyday life.”
Havana Blue is the beginning of the extraordinary journey that led to Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s relationship with the Universidad de las Artes (ISA) – a residency that coincided with the historic normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba in December 2014.
[Some excerpts written April 10, 2013 by Don Macica for]

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Orbert Davis
Orbert Davis is co-founder, conductor and Artistic Director of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, a 55+ piece jazz-symphonic orchestra and a 16-piece chamber group dedicated to multi-genre projects. He is also the co-founder of Jazz Alive, an interdisciplinary enrichment program that focuses on teaching life and academic skills through music, currently providing weekly music and band instruction to hundreds of Chicago Public School students.
One of Chicago’s busiest and most sought after musicians; Davis was commissioned in 2012 to create a new work for Chicago Symphony Center’s city-wide Rivers Festival. He was named Artist-In-Residence for the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2011, an honor held by only one other Chicagoan in its history. In that same year Davis won an Emmy Award for his original score for the national PBS documentary, DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis. In 2010 he received the Arts Legend Award from Arts Alliance Illinois, a statewide arts advocacy group, recognizing his mission-based accomplishments in both performance and education.
Orbert has a Bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from DePaul University, a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Governors State University.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Founded in 2004 by Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram as America’s definitive “Third Stream” orchestra, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic provides rich, accessible, multi-cultural music experiences that bridge gaps in jazz and classical genres. The CJP performs works from the standard jazz big band to the classical symphony, while creating a “new aesthetic” in cross-genre collaborations. The organization also provides music education through Jazz Alive, a weekly music and band education program for Chicago Public School students, and the Summer Jazz Academy, a two-week immersion program in music theory and practice.
Support for Chicago Jazz Philharmonic comes from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Allstate Foundation, Reva and David Logan Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, Medix, Discover Music: Discover Life, Illinois Arts Council, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Mardi Gras Fund, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, and City Arts Grants.


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316 RECORDS, a division of Orbark Productions, LLC
Post Office Box 5715
Chicago, Illinois 60680-5715

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