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The Evanston Township High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of David Fodor is one of only six student ensembles chosen to perform at the 31st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.
The award-winning ETHS ensemble will perform on Sept. 6 from 2-2:45 p.m. on the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage near Buckingham Fountain.
The performance will also feature guest artists, including legendary pianist Junior Mance, an ETHS alumnus, and Chicago clarinet and saxophone giant Eric Schneider.
ETHS jazz students have performed around the world for more than a decade – at the All-Japan Cultural Arts Festival in Niigata City; in Germany and Austria; and at the Montreux and Umbria jazz festivals. Jazz groups have also performed in Toronto, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Fla., and New Orleans, La.
The school’s jazz groups have received two Downbeat Music Jazz Awards and three Grammy Signature School Awards for the school’s rich musical program and have been invited to appear at numerous international, national, regional and state conferences.
The ETHS Jazz Ensemble and guest artists will hold a dress rehearsal from 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 5 in Room A113 (in the Music Wing) at ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave. Pictures may be taken during the rehearsal, and interviews may be conducted afterward.