Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s “Mondays at the Mill” summer cocktail hour series, every Monday in June & July, launches Mon 6/4 w/Dee Alexander @ the Green Mill

Join the Chicago Jazz Orchestra every Monday in June and July at the Green Mill, Chicago’s most iconic jazz club, for an unforgettable summer of live jazz featuring Chicago’s hottest vocalists.

The CJO’s new cocktail hour jazz series launches next Monday, June 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with one of the top vocalists in Chicago, guest vocalist Dee Alexander. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is at 4802 N. Broadway Ave., in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

Make the Green Mill your new Monday night after work hot spot this summer, because CJO Mondays at the Mill will continue every Monday in June and July with a different guest vocalist each night:

Monday, June 11 – Frieda Lee
“One of Chicago’s most beloved jazz singers” – Chicago Tribune

Monday, June 18 – Dee Alexander
“One of the year’s 10 best” – The New York Times

Monday, June 25– Alyssa Allgood
“A young singer of unusual accomplishment and extraordinary potential” – Chicago Tribune
Monday, July 2 – Sophie Grimm
“An entertainer of extraordinary gifts” – Cabaret Scenes Magazine                      Monday, July 9 – Dee Alexander
“Jazz Entertainer of the Year” – Chicago Music Awards

Monday, July 16 – Sarah Marie Young
Winner, 2011 Montreux Voice Competition judged by Quincy Jones

Monday, July 23 – Dee Alexander
“Best singer” – Chicago Magazine

Monday, July 30 – Paul Marinaro
“Vocalist, narrator, storyteller, historian and the most dapper and elegant of tour guides”
– Chicago Jazz Magazine

“Neither Marinaro nor the CJO has ever sounded better” is how the Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich described the CJO’s most recent concert with Paul Marinaro, A CJO Salute to “Sinatra at the Sands,” May 12 at Chicago’s Studebaker Theatre.

See and hear why such high praise has been rolling in of late for Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation, as they play Monday nights this summer in the intimate confines of Chicago’s favorite jazz club, the Green Mill.

For more information about the new CJO Mondays at the Mill series, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org.

About the Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Founded in 1978, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (chicagojazzorchestra.org) is the city’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country. The CJO strives to develop and promote an appreciation for and understanding of music for the American jazz orchestra as it was originally conceived, performed and recorded by jazz master composers and soloists.

Under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg, Chicago’s premiere jazz ensemble features some of Chicago’s top jazz musicians, including Scott Burns, Jerry DiMuzio, Bill Overton, Eric Schneider and John Wojciechowski on saxophone; Art Davis, Victor Garcia and Doug Scharf on trumpet; Steve Duncan, Tom Garling, Luke Malewicz and Michael Young on trombone; Dan Trudell on piano; Dennis Carroll on bass; George Fludas on drums; and Michael Pettersen on guitar.

The Orchestra has performed with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Herbie Hancock, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Jack McDuff, Kenny Burrell, Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill, Walter White, Joshua Redman, and many more. The CJO performs at a wide variety of top venues across the Chicago area, from the Green Mill, to City Winery, to Andy’s Jazz Club, to the Spertus Institute, to the Studebaker Theatre. The CJO served as the resident orchestra for the Kennedy Center Honors Supper Dance for over 25 years performed before a sold-out audience at the 2006 Spoleto Festival, and has toured Europe twice, including performances in Italy, Spain, Denmark and Sweden.

The CJO’s recordings include Clark Terry and Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Americana Music, 2004), nominated “Jazz Album of The Year” by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and a rare “Five Star” rating by DownBeat magazine, Burstin’ Out with vocalist Cyrille Aimée performing classic and original jazz arrangements, and the 2017 compilation Live from Space, with live recordings from the summer of 2016 recorded at Space in Evanston.

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra is supported by The Stare Fund, The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Joseph B. Glossberg Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and The Saints, with media sponsorship from WDCB 90.9 FM, DownBeat Magazine and Chicago Jazz Magazine.

For more information, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org.