Chicago Jazz Orchestra

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"This is what repertory jazz should be: not a tepid re-creation of work, but a chance to hear how skillfully-blended instrumental voices can set a room humming.”
- Kevin Whitehead
Chicago Sun-Times

Composed of Chicago’s top musicians, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country.

The CJO is recognized internationally, having been the resident orchestra for The Kennedy Center Honors for the past eighteen years. The orchestra has toured Europe, including performances in Italy, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden. Recent performances include a sold-out Spoleto Festival performance with singer Kurt Elling, an electrifying "Tribute to Artie Shaw" at the Ravinia Festival, and a blockbuster "Battle of the Bands" with the Count Basie Orchestra at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park.

The CJO’s recent compact disc George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess has received widespread critical acclaim, including a rare “FIVE-STAR” rating from Downbeat magazine and a “Jazz Album of The Year” nomination by the Jazz Journalists’ Association.

Clinics and residencies are available and can be customized to your needs.
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