Jazz Fest Set for July 13

A Jazz Festival is planned for July 13, 2019 on beautiful Island Park, in Momence. The name of the event is ‘Orbert Davis’ Jazz & Family Festival’ and will be from 1 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.

The free event is open to the public and will feature great music from Orbert Davis, Sones De Mexico Ensemble, The Swing Kings, and The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Youth Ensemble.

Orbert Davis is known throughout the world as a musician, educator and composer. He was born in Chicago, but from the age of 6 was raised in Momence.

He began playing the trumpet in the fifth grade. Many of Orbert’s neighbors remember hearing him practice outside, on the banks of the Kankakee River, at his house on the east side of Momence.

When he was in eighth grade, local teacher, Charles Danish, made a promise to Davis’ parents that he would drive the young musician to Chicago for weekly trumpet lessons with Mark McDunn, a world-renowned musician, who taught at DePaul University.

Danish had studied with McDunn when he was in high school. He unselfishly drove Davis to Chicago every weekend as Davis attended Momence High School.

Later, Orbert graduated from DePaul University with a degree in trumpet performance and earned his master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University.

With Mark Ingram, his best friend and business partner, since high school, Orbert founded Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, 60-member symphonic jazz orchestra and Discover Music Discover Life, a Chicago based education program..

Plus, many Kankakee area residents will remember Mark and Orbert when they led the R&B Band, Grand Staff, which was very popular in the 1980’s.

Please put this event on your calendar and support out ‘hometown hero’ at the Orbert Davis Jazz and Family Fest on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 1 to 7 p.m. on Island Park, Momence.

Besides the great music, there will be food and fun for everyone.  Bring your family and friends!!

The event is sponsored by Orbark Productions, Cranky Mike’s Popcorn and VanDrunen Farms.

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