With its International Residency program, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic travels 3-5 of its core musicians, under the direction of Orbert Davis, and partners with local resident orchestras (university or professional level) to engage in 3-5 days of workshops, rehearsals, and culminating performance. This program seeks to build a global orchestra based upon bilateral exchange and deep cooperation. This program has taken place in Louisville, KY (2009), Poland (2009 and 2014), Cuba (2014), and Bulgaria (2016).

International Residency - Cuba

International Residency - Cuba

In 2012, on a people-to-people trip, Orbert Davis encountered music students at the Universidad de las Artes (ISA) in Havana. A promise was made then to return to Havana to conduct a residency. In December 2014, Orbert Davis and CJP musicians returned to Havana to work with the entire ISA orchestra and presented a world premiere of a new Orbert Davis composition as part of the Havana International Jazz Festival. During this momentous week, U.S. and Cuba announced a bilateral commitment to normalization of relations. CJP’s residency then became primetime news on 60 minutes. In November 2015, thirty-five ISA student musicians traveled to Chicago for a collaborative performance with CJP, “Scenes from Life: Cuba!”.

International Residency - Bulgaria

International Residency - Bulgaria

In cooperation with the Ruse Philharmonic, members of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and Orbert Davis' Sextet, will performed educational concerts, a jazz concert, and a full orchestra presentation of CJP repertoire, featuring Teodosii Spassov (kaval player) and a piano concerto by Lyubomir Denev. This performance was one of the main events of the March Music Days festival.

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International Residency - Poland

International Residency - Poland

As part of the 4th Annual “Made in Chicago" festival in Poznań, Poland, CJP partnered with a student orchestra from the classical institution Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. The ensemble reunited years 5 years later for a Chamber Ensemble performance.

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