The upcoming Jazz Festival at ETHS may be the final one for its founder, Dr. David Fodor, director of bands at ETHS, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra with special guests Randy Brecker and Art Davis will deliver a smash ending to the tenth annual Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival, Feb. 9.

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, led by artistic director and conductor Jeff Lindberg, has been at the forefront of
performing classic American jazz for more than 30 years. 

The CJO has grown from a north side rehearsal band to a world-class jazz orchestra that tours internationally and has performed at The Kennedy Center Honors, in Washington, D.C., for 23
years straight.

Grammy Award winner Mr. Brecker, along with his late brother, Michael, led the Brecker Brothers, a popular fusion band in the 70’s
and 80’s.

He continues to enjoy a thriving solo career, recording and performing; and is a sought-after player and session musician, performing with many music greats including Stanley Turrentine, Blood Sweat and Tears and Eric Clapton.

Mr. Davis, one of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpet artists, is a professor of Music at Northern Illinois University and has performed and toured with such legends as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. 

The Feb. 9 performance begins at 7:30 with a set from ETHS’s Jazz Ensemble led by Dr. David Fodor, director of bands at the school and the festival’s founding director, held in the ETHS auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave. 

The Evanston Jazz Festival is an all-day event focusing on educating high school and middle school jazz students and showcasing their talents. The festival attracts more than 400 student musicians from school bands around the Midwest.

Past festivals have drawn school bands from as far away as Winnipeg, Canada. Last year, more than 40 bands and combos from 20 schools participated in the event.

The daytime Festival events are open to the public at no charge, offering a full day of non-competitive, educational workshops and performances by student musicians.

Each band or combo will perform for a team of professional judges and receive feedback and coaching. Other activities include a free noon-time performance by

The Mark Colby Quartet, workshops, clinics, and master classes offered by jazz musicians and educators.  Festival is sponsored in part by Chicago Jazz Magazine (

All proceeds from ticket sales go toward enhancing the Jazz program at ETHS.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for children, students (with ID) and seniors.  All seats are reserved and can be purchased by calling 847-424-7878 or visiting