Chicago Jazz Orchestra sets an ambitious new tempo (via Chicago Tribune)

From June through December of last year, Chicago music lovers and waves of tourists crowded Andy’s Jazz Club to hear something great: one of the best big bands in the country shaking up the place every Monday night.

Though Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra had been in residence at Andy’s many times before, this engagement gave listeners a chance to hear a hard-charging big band at close proximity for an unusually long run. At the same time, it afforded the players of the CJO an opportunity to sharpen their skills in the best way possible: continuous performance.

Now that the run has ended, the CJO — which was founded in 1978 — stands at a turning point, for Lindberg and colleagues are preparing to reposition the orchestra as something more than an ensemble playing various one-nighters in clubs, concert halls, churches and what-not.

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