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
ORBERT'S MUSICAL HISTORY – COMMERCIAL WORK, HOUSE MUSIC
GROWING UP IN MOMENCE
BEING AN ARTIST
Orbert Davis' official website.
Find out more about Orbert's jazz orchestra, the
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.