The John Lewis La Grange Project jazz writing and performance project begun in Spring 2008, celebrating the music of pianist John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in La Grange Illinois, May 3, 1920. Initial goals of the JLLP focus on big band arrangements of Lewis' works, with expansion into additional musical settings for further creative efforts. Intent of the project is to make all the pieces freely available, centering especially on encouraging and supporting ambitious jazz performance in educational and grass-roots settings, such as community and semi-professional ensembles.
JLLP was begun by Jack Gallagher and Tom Tallman (Director of Jazz Studies, College of Du Page) along with core members Mark Dahl and Huei Pan (Music Directors of Lyons Township High School, La Grange IL). All pieces to date have been premiered variously by the LTHS Jazz Ensemble (Dahl), LTHS Jazz Lab Band (Dahl), LTHS Jazz Band (Pan), and by the Du Page Community Jazz Ensemble (Tallman). JLLP pieces have been performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival, and have been used in Illinois Music Educators Association District competition. Additionally, a number of JLLP charts have been performed by other educational ensembles and Chicago area big bands.