Jazz Thaw

Saturday March 4, from 3 to 10pm

Sip, sizzle and swing during a jazz tour presented by 90.9 WDCB-FM, “Chicago’s Home for Jazz,” and Downtown Oak Park.


JAZZ TOUR / Free Admission

3 to 10pm / Stop in to any of nine local restaurants to enjoy live music and the option to order from the host restaurant’s menu.

Donny Nichilo

Donny Nicilo / 3 to 6pm

The Little Gem Restaurant + Bar
189 N. Marion St.


Barry Winograd/Jim Ryan Duo / 3 to 6pm

As WDCB’s mid-day jazz host for 15 years, as well as his tenure on other Chicago radio stations since the late ‘70s, and as a working musician in Chicago for more than 40 years, Barry Winograd is a ubiquitous presence on the local jazz scene. Jim Ryan leads his own trio, but is best known as pianist for Bobby Lewis, and early in his career for playing keyboards on Al Jarreau’s Grammy-winning “All Fly Home” album.

Lake Street Kitchen + Bar
1101 Lake St.

Typhanie Monique

Typhanie Monique/Neal Alger Duo / 3 to 6pm

Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger have released three critically-aclaimed CDs. In the couple decades that they have performed together, they have amassed a loyal following of jazz fans who appreciate the duo’s original music and creative arranging. Typhanie Monique – performer, educator and recording artist – is described by JazzTimes magazine as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” She is a performer, educator and recording artist. Neal Alger is recognized as one of Chicago’s most talented jazz guitarists, having performed or recorded with: Lin Halliday, Howard Levy, Grazyna Augusick, Ed Thigpen, and most notably, for years with singer/pianist Patricia Barber.

La Notte Ristorante Italiano
118 N. Marion St.


Alexis Lombre Trio / 3 to 6pm

Alexis Lombre is a teenage professional jazz pianist who is making her way onto the jazz scene. Raised on Chicago’s South Side, she discovered early that the true essence of music is not only about what you hear but, more importantly how music makes you feel. Consequently, she believes that her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive.

Bar Louie
1122 Lake St.

Peter Lerner

Peter Lerner Trio / 3 to 6pm

It’s Lerner’s multi-faceted talent that makes him in demand: he’s known as “a musical chameleon (METROMIX),” masterful rhythm guitarist, capable of finding and laying down some serious grooves, as well as an expressively virtuosic soloist. Peter possesses a rare blend of technique and heartfelt emotion creating a style all his own. As a versatile guitarist, he has performed with Gladys Knight, funk icon Bootsy Collins, Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band, The Fifth Dimension and blues harpist Sugar Blue, among others. Peter has played on tracks featuring B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, and BB & Cee Cee Wynan. His theater credits include Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Randy Newman’s Faust, and Jesus Christ Superstar.  As a composer, Peter scored a national top 10 hit on adult contemporary radio with his composition “Midway Gardens.” He is also a faculty member at Columbia College of Chicago, where he helps raise the next generation of musicians.

Khyber Pass
1031 Lake St.


Darwin Noguera Latin Jazz Trio / 3 to 6pm

Nicaraguan pianist, band leader and composer Darwin Noguera debuted with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra at the young age of 14, and continued his studies under the tutelage of Eteri Andjaparidze and Larry Novack at DePaul University. He has accomplished an unusual and fluid integration between classical, jazz, flamenco and Latin rhythms. Darwin is the co-founder and composer for the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) and also founded the Evolution Quintet. The quintet just released its debut album in June 2009 under the Chicago Sessions label. He has performed with legends such as Steve Turre, Brian Lynch, Paoli Mejias and Howard Levy and often collaborates and plays with local musicians, including Greg Ward, Jesus Enriquez and Guitars of Spain. Most recently Darwin toured his native Nicaragua with the second annual Nicaraguan International Jazz Festival and will be participating with his trio in 2009 once again. His groups regularly take part in Chicago-area festivals, the most noted performance being Millennium Park’s Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz Series.

Sushi House
1107 Lake St.

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Petra van Nuis Duo with Andy Pratt / 5 to 8pm

A Chicagoan since 2003, Petra sings at all the finest jazz venues in town including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Katerina’s, Andy’s Jazz Club, Fitzgerald’s, the City Winery, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs has presented Petra’s groups at the Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago Summer Dance. The Jazz Institute of Chicago has featured Petra’s Recession Seven band at the Chicago Jazz Festival and JazzCity series. She was nominated for the “Best Jazz Entertainer 2013″ for the 33rd Annual Chicago Music Awards, and has been described by Downbeat Magazine as having “a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice…a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence.”

photo credit: Andrew A. Nellis

Mancini’s Italian Bistro
1111 Lake St.


Sanctified Grumblers / 5 to 8pm

Chicago’s Sanctified Grumblers formed in Spring 2009, when Rick Sherry (Devil in a Woodpile) and Eric Noden started writing songs together. Using only acoustic instruments, they usually play as a trio with either Beau Sample (upright bass) or Mike Hogg (sousaphone). Sanctified Grumblers’ CD “no lie” features special guests Jim Becker (Califone, Iron & Wine), Mike Reed (People, Places and Things) and Tom V. Ray (bass player for Neko Case & Jakob Dylan).

124 N. Marion St.

paul abella trio

Paul Abella Trio / 5 to 8pm

The Paul Abella Trio tried to fuse jazz and jam band sensibilities into one living and breathing beast. They were tight and funky and melded many musical influences into a cohesive whole.

Beer Shop
1026 North Blvd.

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Hans Luchs Trio / 7 to 10pm

Guitarist Hans Luchs has been performing professionally in and around Chicago since moving to the city during Fall 2007. He has performed at the Auditorium Theatre, Rosemont Theatre, The Riverside Theatre, Van Andel Arena, Cliff Bell’s, The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, The Velvet Lounge, Pete Miller’s, Buddy Guy’s Legends, The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Martyrs, The Empty Bottle, and internationally at The Rex (Toronto), CMW Festival (Toronto), The Bull’s Head (London), JJ Smyths (Dublin), The Jazz Bar (Edinburgh), Bert’s Jazz Bar (Belfast) and Zinco Jazz Club (Mexico City), among others. In 2011, The Jazz Institute of Chicago selected Hans to perform in its annual “Young Lions’ concert. Since then, Hans has gone on to perform across the USA and internationally in Sweden, The UK, Ireland, Canada, and Mexico.

Bar Louie
1122 Lake Street

chris greene

Chris Greene Quartet / 7 to 10pm

Saxophonist and composer Chris Greene was born in Evanston, IL. He spent his formative years in the award-winning Evanston High School Wind and Jazz Ensembles. As a teenager he began to play professionally with many local pop/rock and jazz bands. Greene eventually went to Bloomington, IN to attend the prestigious Indiana University Jazz Studies program and studied with renowned professor and cellist David Baker.  Greene returned to Chicago in 1994 and has since collaborated with some of the nation’s most creative and versatile musicians. As a performer, Greene can be seen with many different groups – in many different genres. He also leads his own critically-acclaimed group, the Chris Greene Quartet. He has also performed or recorded with the following artists: Common, The Temptations, Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Maysa Leak, Ten City, Sheena Easton, Steve Cole, Michael Manson, Andrew Bird, The J. Davis Trio, Typhanie Monique, , Chris Rob, Vic Lavender, Jesse De La Pena, Liquid Soul and The Mighty Blue Kings.

photo credit: Ozzie Ramsay

Khyber Pass
1031 Lake St.


Rajiv Halim Quintet / 7 to 10pm

Rajiv Halim is a saxophonist and composer from Chicago, IL. He regularly performs with his own band, as well as The Xavier Breaker Coalition, Ron Haynes’ Game Changers, and Robert Irving III’s Generations. His debut album, “Foundation”, contains compositions written for his family members, and also pays tribute to his roots and the musical history that has inspired him to this point.

Sushi House
1107 Lake Street