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Featured Guest Artist:

Ethan Philion's - Meditations on Mingus




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 (Format will be similar, Content Subject to Change)

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 Ethan Philion and bandmates - 4:30 - 5:30 P.M.

Free Noontime Concert

The LowDown Brass Band

Ticketed Evening Concert

Ethan Philion's Meditations on Mingus (dectet)

2023 Clinics and Master Classes (Coming Soon)

2023 Festival Adjudicators (Coming Soon)


Director Forms:

Equipment Needs/Meal Form (complete online in JANUARY after schedule is published)

Repertoire Form (complete online in JANUARY)

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

Final Director Mailer (Coming in January)

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