In addition to jazz performances, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra has collaborated on special projects with other musicians and organizations, including:
Chi-Town Jazz Festival
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra is proud to partner annually with the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. As part of this outstanding charity event, CJO musicians and staff donate their time and perform, with all proceeds benefitting Catholic Charities and hunger relief efforts in Chicago.
Chicago Opera Theater
In March 2014, the CJO performed as the Chicago Opera Theater‘s pit band for Queenie Pie–Duke Ellington’s unfinished opera. CJO’s artistic director, Jeff Lindberg, served as Conductor and arranged the music with trombonist Marc Bolin.
National Jazz Museum
In March 2003, the CJO and the National Jazz Museum partnered to present “Something to Live For: A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn.” Strayhorn’s arrangements were presented for the first time by the CJO, along with trumpeter Orbert Davis, saxophonist Eddie Johnson, singer Frieda Lee, and the honorary event chair Clark Terry. The NJM preserved Strayhorn’s work through audio and video recordings, as part of their Oral History Project.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra plays as the pit band in Chicago Opera Theatre’s Queenie Pie.