Archives for the ‘Podcast’ Category

Episode 23: Roosevelt Griffin

The winner of the 2014 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching sits with Orbert to discuss his transformative teaching methods and his band students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Harvey, Illinois.

Episode 22: Howard Levy

Multiple Grammy award-winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, producer, and Chicago area resident.

Episode 21: Back To School

A special 2013 Back-To-School episode recorded live at the CJP/UIC Jazz Academy. A summer camp partnership between Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and University of Illinois at Chicago, Orbert is joined by camp instructors Ernie Adams and Roosevelt Griffin, as well as a few of the campers themselves.

Episode 20: Brian Lynch

A respected insider within both the hardcore straight ahead and Latin Jazz communities, 2007 Grammy Award Winner Brian Lynch is as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri as he is swinging through advanced harmony with bebop maestro Phil Woods. A honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson; Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince.

Episode 19: New York Voices


2013 marks New York Voices 25th Anniversary in music. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected.

Episode 18: Terell Stafford

Terell Stafford is a jazz trumpet player and current Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University. Originally a classical trumpet player, Stafford soon branched out to jazz with the University of Maryland jazz band. His career in jazz soon picked up and has played with McCoy Tyner, Christian McBride, John Clayton, Steve Turre, Dave Valentin, […]

Episode 17: Ndugu Chancler

Ndugu ChanclerA premier jazz, pop and funk drummer, Ndugu Chancler’s rhythmic aggressiveness and vitality distinguishes anything he plays. His playing can be heard on many hit records, ranging from jazz to blues to pop, including Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. Chancler has also worked with Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, Donna Summer, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Carlos Santana, Hubert Laws, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and John Lee Hooker. His most recent release is “3 Brave Souls” with Darryl Jones and John Beasley.

Episode 16: Alison Ruble

Alison RubleAlison Ruble has emerged in recent years as one of Chicago’s premier and in demand jazz vocalists. On her new release, “Ashland”, Alison continues to explore her interest in combining the classicism of the great American songbook with contemporary jazz improvisation and the work of more recent American pop composers. She has also worked with the USO (United Service Organizations) of Illinois since 2003, and now serves as its President and CEO, responsible for all the programs and operations of a mission that serves more than 300,000 active duty, guard and reserve military and military families every year with over 300 programs and services at six USO center locations.

Episode 15: Jason Marsalis

Jason MarsalisJason Marsalis is the youngest of a great jazz family. He has not only inherited the virtuosity and compositional skills associated with the Marsalis family, but has also developed a distinctive, polyrhythmic drumming style. He is both a drummer and a vibraphonist in both the leader role and as a sideman.

Episode 14: Willard Jenkins

Willard JenkinsWillard Jenkins is an independent arts consultant & producer, and writer under his Open Sky banner. Willard Jenkins’ current activity includes concert, festival, and concert series planning/development, artistic direction, consulting, music journalism, teaching, and broadcast work.