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Jeff Lindberg

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

Conductor and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg is one of the foremost transcribers in jazz.  As a result, the Orchestra’s repertoire draws upon his vast library, which includes the works of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Oliver Nelson, Ray Charles, and many others.

The CJO is recognized internationally, having been the resident orchestra for The Kennedy Center Honors for the past sixteen years.  The orchestra has toured Europe twice, including performances in Italy, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden. 

The CJO’s recent compact disc Clark Terry and Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Americana Music) has received widespread critical acclaim, including a rare “FIVE-STAR” rating from Downbeat magazine, and a nomination as “Jazz Album of The Year” by the Jazz Journalists’ Association.  Clark Terry was recently voted Trumpeter of the Year by the Jazz Journalists’ Association for his work on the Porgy and Bess CD.

Jeff Lindberg represents a new breed of American conductors who are equally adept with the literatures of the American jazz orchestra and the European symphony orchestra.  As well as holding the position of Artistic Director of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Mr Lindberg is Music Director of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, now in its 90th season.  Mr. Lindberg has received numerous commissions from the Smithsonian Institution for transcriptions of original jazz recordings.  His transcriptions have been performed by such artists as Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Gunther Schuller, David Baker, and by such orchestras as the Count Basie Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. 

Honorary board members are Ramsey Lewis, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Harold Jones, Studs Terkel and Clark Terry.


> Chicago Jazz Orchestra Biography (pdf)

> Programs Available (pdf)
> Program: CJO presents "A Tribute to Ray Charles"
> Program: CJO and Paquito D'Rivera present Nelson Riddle's "Cross Country Suite"

> Chicago Tribune Review April 2009
> Chicago Tribune Review Buddy DeFranco with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra
> Chicago Tribune of Ahmad Jamal with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra
> Ravinia Festival Battle of the Bands Review (pdf)
> Downbeat Review of Clark Terry and The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (pdf)

Audio Samples

Burstin' Out "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" with Cyrille Aimee from "Burstin' Out (Origin 2013) mp3

Burstin' Out "A Night In Tunisia" with Cyrille Aimee from "Burstin' Out" (Origin 2013) mp3

Burstin' Out "Sometimes I'm Happy" with Cyrille Aimee from "Burstin' Out!" (Origin 2013) mp3

                                          Out "Them There Eyes" with Cyrille Aimee from "Burstin' Out!" (Origin 2013) mp3

Porgy"I Loves You, Porgy" from "Progy & Bess" - Clark Terry with Jeff Lindberg's "Chicago Jazz Orchestra" (mp3)

Keeping My

"Jeannine" featuring Kurt Elling from "Keeping My Composure" - Charley Harrison with Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra" (mp3)

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