The Godfather of Third Stream: Gunther Schuller

February 6, 2015 at 7:30PM, Symphony Center

A timely tribute to Gunther Schuller, the composer who originally coined the genre term "Third Stream" in 1957 to describe the melding of jazz and classical genres. At 89 years old, Mr. Schuller traveled for this rare Chicago appearance to experience CJP for the first time, enjoying CJP's nuanced interpretations of his Third Stream cannon. The evening also included the world premiere of a new work by Daniel Schnyder, a Grammy-nominated composer/performer with a dynamic reputation in both jazz and classical genres.


DNAinfo (January 27, 2015)
Davis encouraged those unfamiliar with this form of jazz-classical fusion to come to the concert with an open mind.
"The music will totally erase any preconceived notions of what they expect it to be," Davis said. "They will walk away saying, 'That was fun.'..."Music tells you what to feel," Davis said. "That's the music of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic."”-Howard Ludwig

Chicago Classical Review (February 07, 2015)
“Orbert Davis’ trumpet work is much more muscular and exuberant than what Miles recorded 55 years ago. His playing is immediately engaging – impossible not to like. Tenor saxophonist Steve Eisen offered a blazing take-no-prisoners solo and guitarist (acoustic guitar for this piece) John Moulder summoned plenty of Iberian ambiance.”-Jack Zimmerman
Concertino for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra, Mvmt 3., "Fast" (comp. by Gunther Schuller)
Suite for Jazz Band and Orchestra, Mvmt. 1 (comp. by Daniel Schnyder)