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Orbert Davis

Composer, arranger, conductor and acclaimed trumpeter Orbert Davis wears many hats. But his dedication to young people is at the core of everything he does.

Orbert's musical ability was evident early. In 8th grade, a math teacher from his school in rural Momence, Illinois, heard him play the trumpet. The teacher was so taken by Orbert's talent that he drove the young musician to Chicago once a week for lessons with a renowned brass teacher. As Orbert's musical career took off, he chose to stay in Chicago and devote much of his time to teaching. He's on the faculty of the University of Illinois Chicago, and he works regularly with at-risk children through his music education curriculum, MusicAlive!, a group he started with his business partner and boyhood best friend, Mark Ingram.

With four albums, three films and more than 3,000 commercials to his credit, as well as a music school to run and countless other projects in the works, you'd think Orbert was busy enough. Instead, he launched the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in 2004 at the Chicago Jazz Festival. In 2006, the orchestra performed a piece he composed for the city of Chicago's 173rd birthday, conducted by...well, you know who. Photography on this page courtesy Bill Richert.

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Orbert Davis on: TEACHING at MusicAlive! and UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO (UIC)

CHICAGO JAZZ PHILHARMONIC

COMPOSING "CHICAGO@173" and MICHAEL JORDAN

FAITH

ORBERT'S MUSICAL HISTORY – COMMERCIAL WORK, HOUSE MUSIC

GROWING UP IN MOMENCE

BEING AN ARTIST

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Does musician Orbert Davis have any free time?

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Orbert Davis visits his hometown of Momence,IL, and conducts a rehearsal at Lorenzo Smith Elementary in Hopkins Park.

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Orbert Davis composes at home, then rehearses with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.

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Orbert Davis reminisces with math teacher Charles Danish about the role the educator played in his musical development.

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Join Orbert Davis as he performs his composition "Priority" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2005.

 

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Trumpeter Orbert Davis.

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Orbert goes head-to-head with the band at Lorenzo Smith Elementary.

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Orbert with Lorenzo Smith Elementary School band.

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Orbert demonstrates a lick for his students.

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Davis performs at WTTW's 50th anniversary celebration in 2005 at Millenium Park.

 

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