Moods and memories are just a few of the benefits that the CJO provides in every performance. From a combo to the full orchestra, the CJO is the perfect choice for your event.



Your event is important! The CJO and our professional musicians understand how music can be the difference between success and failure––we are available for hire for events all over the world. With genius transcriptions by Jeff Lindberg and other arrangers in the orchestra, we can create that special CJO sound with ensembles of different sizes. From standards to originals, the CJO makes it sound special. We have a number of favorites below, but if you don’t see what you want, let’s talk.

"Live at the Sands": A Tribute to Sinatra at the Sands with Count Basie

Performing all of the exact arrangements from the original album, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra re-creates the legendary Frank Sinatra/Count Basie recording, Live at the Sands. This is a sure-fire winner! The CJO’s original performance featured the great Chicago vocalist Paul Marinaro. 


Kurt Elling with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra

The #1 male jazz vocalist and Grammy-award winning recording artist, Kurt Elling headlines this spectacular performance with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. New arrangements as well as classics from their Kennedy Center appearances. Nominated for ten Grammy awards and 13-time Downbeat Critics Poll Winner for Male Vocalist of the Year, Kurt Elling sets the standard.

–19 musicians


“Exquisitely for Ella”: A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

A huge show featuring three great jazz singers paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. The program consists of soloists, backed by an expanded Chicago Jazz Orchestra including 17 strings, harp, and French horns. Works from Ella’s Great American Songbooks are featured, including Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen,  Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Past featured singers have included Frieda Lee, Dee Alexander, and Spider Saloff.

– 40 musicians plus vocalists

– Can be downsized with less strings


A Tribute to Ray Charles

An exciting performance including original, vintage Ray Charles arrangements as well as charts from the Genius + Soul = Jazzalbum, Hammond B-3, three great Raelettes (The Chi-JO-lettes), a full big band.


–23 musicians


"The Grand Wazoo and Other Delights": A Tribute to Frank Zappa

The CJO presents an adventurous tribute to this great American musical genius: “The Grand Wazoo and Other Delights”: A Tribute to Frank Zappa. The show features a 15-piece CJO including saxophonist Ernie Watts, who was in Zappa’s band for the original recording of The Grand Wazoo, electric violinist Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and electric bassist Dave Morgan, who created the arrangements for this show.

–16 musicians


Holiday Concert featuring Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway is featured with the CJO performing the original arrangements of Barbra Streisand’s “A Christmas Album.” The selections are fully orchestrated arrangements of holiday standards loved and cherished by all. Additionally, Callaway’s original composition, “The Christmas Lullaby,” which was recorded on Streisand’s second A Christmas Album, Christmas Memories, will be performed.

–40 musicians

Big Band Cavalcade

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to the great big bands from the height of the big band era, including selections from the orchestras of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman and more. A vocalist or vocalists can easily be included. In the past we have been joined by Paul Marinaro, Dee Alexander, and Alyssa Allgood. The concert is a definite crowd pleaser!

–18 musicians plus vocalist(s)

A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Sarah Vaughan’s birth (2024), the CJO’s tribute is a show that you need to consider! Premiered for a sold-out audience (2,500) as part of Chicago’s Jazz at Symphony Center series, this concert promises to be the Sarah Vaughan Tribute. Featuring three fabulous singers with an expanded CJO (with strings, French horns, harp, etc.), the production includes Sarah Vaughan’s arrangements from her original recordings as transcribed by Jeff Lindberg. The original show included singers René Marie, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Dee Alexander.

–40 musicians plus vocalists
–Can be downsized with less strings

A Tribute to Nancy Wilson

This tribute was premiered by the CJO at Chicago’s Studebaker Theater shortly before Nancy Wilson’s passing in late 2018. The tribute includes three marvelous singers with the CJO performing masterful Nancy Wilson arrangements––from her work with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet to Gerald Wilson’s full orchestral settings. The original production included singers Roberta Gambarini, Bobbi Wilsyn, and Sarah Marie Young.

–40 musicians plus vocalists
–Can be downsized with less strings

"Sophisticated Giant": A Tribute to Dexter Gordon

Jeff Lindberg transcribed the original Slide Hampton arrangements from the landmark Dexter Gordon recording, Sophisticated Giant, and arranged them for the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. The CJO’s original performance featured saxophonist Joshua Redman. 

-14 musicians

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