The library from which the Chicago Jazz Orchestra draws most of its repertoire is one of the largest collections of accurate transcriptions and arrangements in the country. The library includes repertoire of almost every major classic big band and jazz orchestra in the history of the music. Included in the collection are rare transcriptions of legendary jazz recordings—in some cases the only known transcriptions of such works. In addition, masterful arrangements and compositions, written specifically for the CJO by staff writers Tom Garling and Charley Harrison, contribute to the contemporary oeuvre of the library.
Jeff Lindberg’s transcriptions have been performed by such artists as Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Gunther Schuller, and David Baker, and by such orchestras as the Count Basie Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. In 1993, two of Lindberg’s transcriptions were performed at The White House by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Lindberg recently was commissioned by the Billy Strayhorn estate to transcribe recordings of the composer’s works that were previously unpublished.
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:
- “Cashmere Cutie” by Billy Strayhorn
- “Mid-Riff” by Billy Strayhorn
- “Pretty Little One” by Billy Strayforn
- “Hark for Duke’s Trumpets” by Billy Strayhorn
- “Peer Gynt Suite” by Edvard Grieg / arr. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
- “The Nutcracker Suite” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky / arr. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
- 11-movement “Cross Country Suite” for Clarinet and Studio Orchestra by Nelson Riddle
- Six recordings of the Dave Brubeck Octet, originally recorded between 1947–1949