CJO to celebrate Billy Strayhorn at Chicago Jazz Festival
A “Billy Strayhorn Centenary Celebration”, featuring Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra playing new arrangements of Billy Strayhorn’s classic repertoire will be one of the highlights of the 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, September 3rd thru the 6th at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.
The tribute performance will feature guest arrangers interpreting Strayhorn’s music, including John Hollenbeck, Tom Garling, Edward Wilkerson, Steven Bernstein, and more to be announced.
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival’s mission is to showcase Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.
Strayhorn family member and Billy Strayhorn Songs President, Alyce Claerbaut states:
We the members of Billy Strayhorn’s family are honored that the Chicago Jazz Festival will salute the Strayhorn legacy on the occasion of his centenary. Chicago holds a special place in Billy Strayhorn’s life and career as he served as musical director for the 1963 presentation of Duke Ellington’s ‘My People’ at McCormick Place. Chicago was one of his favorite cities and he often spoke of his great respect for Chicago musicians.