Chi-Town Jazz Festival showcases 2 high school bands

Two suburban high schools will perform on the two opening nights of the fourth annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, which runs from March 12–22 at various venues around Chicago. Proceeds help provide hunger relief for those who need assistance in Chicago.

Based in Glenview, the Glenbrook South High School Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will perform on the first day of the festival, Tuesday, March 12, at Martyrs’, 3855 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. The performance kicks off the 11-day festival at 7:30 pm, and a $15 minimum donation is required. Glenbrook South’s groups are directed by Greg Wojcik.

And the Jazz Ensemble from Lyons Township High School in LaGrange will perform on the festival’s second night, Wednesday, March 13, starting at 7 pm, at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S Plymouth Court, Chicago. A donation of $15 for adults or $10 for students will get you in. Lyons Township’s Jazz Ensemble is directed by Mark Dahl.

Founded in 2010, the Chi-Town Jazz Festival is the jazz community’s annual effort to support hunger relief in Chicago. Music clubs and concert halls donate their venues, and musicians in the jazz community donate their talents. Over the past three years, the festival has raised about $56,000, and according to the website, about 90 percent of that money went toward the hunger relief efforts of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Catholic Charities.

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