00:00 / 00:37

Featured Guest Artist:

Orbert Davis - Soul Migration




Evanston Township High School Main Auditorium - 1600 Dodge Avenue

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About The Festival

Established in 2004 as a non-competitive, all-day jazz immersion event, the Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival hosts nearly 50 middle and high school jazz groups from around the region.  Students of all levels are inspired by professional musicians, enlightened by our clinics, lectures, and master classes, and encouraged 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 Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival to provide an important supplement to the students’ pursuit of jazz by highlighting the enduring elements and important innovations of this distinctly American music. 

Festival Events

Student Performances

Jazz ensembles from schools large and small perform in front of an audience to build their performance experience. Our adjudicators and clinicians are world-class professional musicians, university professors and educators that share their expertise with each group during a 30-minute clinic following its performance.  


Clinics & Master Classes

Play By Ear Workshop - Todd Kelly - 11:00 - 11:50 A.M.

Rhythm Section Clinic - Joan Hickey (Piano), Joel Spencer (Drums), John Tate (Bass) - 1:00 - 1:50 P.M.

Improvisation Clinic - Mark Bettcher - 1:00 - 1:50 P.M.

Special Lecture/Clinic with Orbert Davis and bandmates - 4:30 - 5:30 P.M.

Noontime Concert

The Chris Greene Quartet

Evening Concert

Orbert Davis Soul Migration (octet)

2022 Clinics and Master Classes

2022 Festival Adjudicators


Director Forms:

Equipment Needs/Meal Form (complete online)

Repertoire Form (complete online)

Stage Plot Form (complete and email back)

Final Director Mailer (Coming in January)