We are thrilled to feature the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) with soloists Slide Hampton on Trombone and Pharez Whitted on Trumpet at our evening concert! The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. in the ETHS main auditorium with a set from ETHS’s own Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Bufis, followed by an evening of great music from the CJO and featured guest artists. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, students with ID and seniors. All proceeds from tickets sales go towards the expenses of the ETHS Jazz Fest that provides fantastic music opportunities for ETHS students and others. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.showclix.com/event/ethsjazzfest

The Brian Gephart Group will also perform at a 12 noon concert on February 10. Jazz ensembles from schools large and small will be performing throughout the day to build their performance experience, sharpen their skills and showcase their jazz talent nurtured by area music programs. Each group will participate in a half hour clinic following their performance.

Students will work with adjudicators and clinicians known as world-class professional musicians, university professors and educators. Master classes and clinics will include brass technique, saxophone technique, and rhythm section.

About the ETHS Jazz Festival

Each February, Evanston Township High School is home to this non-competitive, all-day jazz immersion event. Established in 2004, the ETHS Jazz Festival annually hosts nearly 50 middle and high school jazz groups from around the region. Students of all levels are inspired by professional musicians and enlightened by clinics, lectures and master classes that encourage students to take their playing to the next level. This educational and cultural jazz festival has earned its distinction by providing the opportunity to showcase local, national and international artists. It is the mission of the ETHS Jazz Festival to provide an important supplement to the students’ pursuits of jazz by highlighting the enduring elements and important innovations of this distinctly American music.

The ETHS auditorium, 1600 Dodge Avenue in Evanston, is wheelchair accessible. Parking is recommended in the lot on Dodge Avenue, directly across from the auditorium entrance.