ETHS to host jazz festival

Jia You, Assistant City Editor

Evanston Township High School will host the 10th annual Evanston Jazz Festival on Feb. 9, according to a city news release.

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra will perform at the festival with jazz trumpeters Randy Brecker and Art Davis, according to the release. Brecker, a Grammy Award winner, led the fusion band Brecker Brothers with his late brother, Michael, in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He has also performed with music greats such as Blood Sweat and Tears, Stanley Turrentine and Eric Clapton. Davis, a music professor at Northern Illinois University, has performed with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney.

The festival, an all-day event, aims to educate middle school and high school jazz students, as well as to showcase their talents. The daytime events will be open to the public at no charge, featuring educational workshops for student musicians. The participating bands and combos will perform for a panel of professional judges and receive coaching. More than 40 bands and combos from more than 20 schools in the Midwest attended the festival last year. Other events include clinics and master classes in jazz, and a noon-time performance by saxophonist Mark Colby.

ETHS Jazz Ensemble will perform in the evening, according to the release. The band’s director, David Fodor, is also the festival’s founding director. The performance will be held in the school auditorium at 1600 Dodge Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students and seniors. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to enhancing the jazz program at the high school.

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, founded in the North Side, has toured internationally and performed at The Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., for 23 years.

— Jia You