About Us


With over 40 years of performing experience, the CJO has an impressive history. Like jazz, which includes a never-ending parade of colorful characters, the CJO includes talented artists and repertoire that can change lives. Read on and perhaps share a story or two with our community:


Our Story

1978 When It All Began

Jeff Lindberg, Artistic Director and Conductor, represents a new breed of American conductors who are equally adept with the literatures of the American jazz orchestra and the European symphony orchestra. As well as holding the position of Artistic Director of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Lindberg is Music Director of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.


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was commissioned by the Billy Strayhorn estate to transcribe recordings of the composer’s works that were previously unpublished.


  • “Cashmere Cutie” by Billy Strayhorn
  • “Mid-Riff” by Billy Strayhorn
  • “Pretty Little One” by Billy Strayhorn
  • “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