The 11th Annual Evanston Township High School (ETHS) Jazz Festival welcomes world-class trombone soloist, heralded bandleader, and Grammy-nominated arranger John Fedchock, who will headline an evening performance in the school’s main auditorium on Feb. 8.
Mr. Fedchock is an in-demand performer and writer in New York City. For more than 20 years, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of New York City’s premiere jazz artists. Mr. Fedchock has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson’s Big Band, the Bob Belden Ensemble, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the world. As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and has toured abroad as a guest trombonist/composer/conductor. He will perform with Jeremy Kahn on piano, Larry Kohut on bass and Bob Rummage on drums.
The critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock’s trombone and arrangements as well as the band’s all-star soloists.
The ETHS 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 45 bands and combos from nearly 20 schools participated.
The Festival is open to the public and offers a full day of non-competitive, educational workshops and performances by middle school and high school jazz groups. Each band or combo has the opportunity to perform and then receives both live and recorded feedback and coaching from two expert judges. Other activities include a variety of workshops, clinics and master classes offered by jazz musicians and educators.
“The Festival is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform publicly, learn from professional jazz artists and gain appreciation for the talents of others at all levels,” says Mike Lehman, co-director of bands at ETHS and the Festival’s director. “We are pleased to bring students together from many different communities and provide them with constructive feedback from dedicated, proven jazz professionals,” he adds.
The evening performance begins at 7 p.m. with a set from ETHS’s Jazz Ensemble in the ETHS auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for children, students with I.D.,and seniors. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available by calling 847-424-7848 or visiting www.ethsjazz.com.
All proceeds from tickets sales go towards enhancing the jazz program at ETHS.