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Featured Guest Artist:

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Guitar Soloist Bobby Broom

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Evanston Township High School Main Auditorium - 1600 Dodge Avenue

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 (45 minute timeslots).  


Clinics & Master Classes (Times Subject to Change)

Play By Ear Workshop - Todd Kelly (Bradley University)

Rhythm Section Clinic - Joan Hickey (Piano), Joel Spencer (Drums), John Tate (Bass)

Big Band Guitar Workshop - Michael Petterson (Guitar)

Improvisation Clinic - Mike Titlebaum (Ithaca College - author of "Improvisation Using Simple Melodic Embellishment"

Special Lecture/Clinic with Bobby Broom and members of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Free Noontime Concert

The Alyssa Allgood Quintet

Ticketed Evening Concert

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring guitar soloist Bobby Broom

2024 Clinics and Presentations 

2024 Festival Clinicians


Director Forms:

Equipment Needs/Meal Form (complete online in JANUARY)

Repertoire Form (complete online in JANUARY)

Stage Plot Form (Download PDF in JANUARY, complete legibly by hand, scan and email back)

Final Director Mailer (Coming in January)

2024 Jazz Festival Schedule

Jazz Festival Map

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