CJO 18-19 Season Press Release
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO), under the direction of Jeff Lindberg, is turning 40 in 2018, marking four decades as Chicago’s longest running professional jazz orchestra.
To celebrate, the CJO announced today an inspired three-concert subscription series starting with a night
celebrating jazz diva Nancy Wilson on October 13, followed by the December 21 debut of ELLAbration
pairing Ella Fitzgerald’s signature holiday songs with Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. The series
culminates on May 18 with a major concert event celebrating 40 years of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
All three shows in the CJO’s 40th anniversary season will be presented at the historic Studebaker Theater,
410 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building. Single tickets to each concert are $35 (balcony) and
$45 (floor). Save with a CJO 2018-19 season package: three shows for just $85 (balcony) or $115 (floor),
also on sale now at chicagojazzorchestra.org.
Concert details follow:
A CJO Salute to Nancy Wilson
Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The CJO presents a special tribute to the inimitable Nancy Wilson, featuring an expanded 40-piece
orchestra and guest vocalists Roberta Gambarini, Bobbi Wilsyn and Sarah Marie Young.
Wilson, of course, is the renowned American jazz diva with more than 70 albums and three Grammy
Awards to her credit. Wilson had several nicknames, from “Sweet Baby” to “The Girl with the Honey-
Coated Voice,” but her personal favorite was “Song Stylist.” With acclaimed vocalists Gambarani, Wilsyn
and Young essaying Wilson’s signature songs, this CJO tribute concert is sure to be a stylish night out
celebrating an unforgettable woman in jazz.
ELLAbration with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra
Friday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Let the holiday ELLAbration begin! Dee Alexander joins the Chicago Jazz Orchestra for a festive set of Ella
Fitzgerald’s favorite holiday songs, paired with the CJO”s annual Nutcracker Suite, Duke Ellington’s iconic
1960 holiday album featuring jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” by Ellington and Billy
Strayhorn. Ella…Ellington…don’t miss Chicago’s jazziest holiday tradition, an evening of live music sure to
put audiences in the holiday spirit.
CJO 40th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
The pinnacle of the CJO’s 40th anniversary season will be a live concert event boasting a who’s who of
CJO guest artists past and present. Stay tuned for special line-up announcements throughout the season
plus behind-the-scenes glimpses at some of the magical moments that have formed 40 years of Chicago