Jazz Thaw

3pm to 10pm, Saturday, March 2

Sip, sizzle and swing during Jazz Thaw, while enjoying free live music performances inside 11 restaurants.

Presented by 90.9 WDCB, “Listener-Supported Jazz & Blues”, and Downtown Oak Park.



JAZZ TOUR / Free Admission

3 to 10pm / Stop in to any of 11 local restaurants to enjoy live music and the option to order from the host restaurant’s menu.

The New Deal Gyspy-Jazz Quartet / 3 to 6pm

Bio Coming Soon!

The Little Gem 
189 N Marion St.

Barry Winograd & Jim Ryan / 3 to 6pm

Barry Winograd: Barry was born in Chicago, and grew up in Evanston. He first played professionally as a musician at age 15. His first radio gig was with public radio station WGLT (Illinois State University – Normal, IL) where he began in the Fall of 1974. Barry was with WBEZ in Chicago for many years, from 1979 to 1998. He has also has a long stint as host of Jazz Transfusion at Chicago’s WXRT on Sunday nights, beginning in Fall of 1986, which continues to present day.

In the Fall of 2001, Barry was hired as the mid-day jazz announcer for All Things Jazz (now DCB Jazz), and in 2016 added a “trad” show on Saturdays titled When Jazz Was King.  He has continued as a professional musician (saxophonist) and bandleader. For five years Barry was adjunct faculty at Columbia College in Chicago, and taught the course Jazz Traditions.

Barry adds:  I enjoy traveling via car, and red wine… (but never at the same time)   And thanks to my friend, Chicago jazz vocalist Jackie Allen, for taking the picture of me that you see on this page.

Jim Ryan: professional musician since 1962, in Los Angeles and Chicago, has done recording as a performer, and writer/producer of commercial music for television and radio. Jim played keyboards for AL JARREAU on his Grammy Award-winning album “ALL FLY HOME”.

He toured and recorded with a rock group called THE MOB in the 1960’s. His piano artistry and musical sensitivity are well known in the musical world. He performs regularly with his own groups and as a soloist and with Bobby Lewis in concerts as a Jazz duo through septet   Jim has appeared on all of the BOBBY LEWIS CD recordings for Southport records.

Jim released his dirst CD recording of his trio REMEMBER CHICAGO, featuring Stewart Miller on Bass and Ernie Adams on drums, in 2012.


Lake Street Kitchen + Bar
1101 Lake Street

William Kurk Trio / 3 to 6pm 

Throughout his early years, William Kurk explored various instruments: drums, trumpet, flute, guitar, and bass… just to name a few. Eventually, his interest would take a sharp turn into something much more serious by his teenage years. At age 16, Kurk auditioned to be in the Ken Chaney Big Band, and would eventually become an apprentice to the teachings of Ken Chaney.

After graduating from Hales Franciscan High School, Kurk attended Northern Illinois University for one semester before transferring to Columbia College Chicago on a jazz studies scholarship for piano performance where he studied under the legendary Bill Russo. After graduating, Kurk worked as a freelance musician, as well as musical director/sound designer/accompanist for several theater companies in Chicago. He was nominated in 2007 for Best Musical Director by the Black Theater Alliance for the musical “Sarafina”, and his musical direction for the MPAACT show “Trouble The Water” won ‘Best Show’ that year.

William Kurk has always been passionate about his personal vision as an artist, releasing six full-length studio albums to date: ‘The Sound: Vol.1’ (2004), ‘The Sound: Vol. 2’ (2007), ‘The Sound: Vol. 3’ (2009), ‘Pop Fusion’ (2011), ‘Super Pop Fusion’ (2012), and the double CD tribute project ‘Legacy’ (2015). Kurk is a true diplomat for artistic creativity and freedom, and has an all-star list of artistic comrades that have contributed their talents towards his recordings: Bob Mintzer, Will Kennedy, Chester Gregory, Marquis Hill, Marqueal Jordan, Buddy Fambro, Gloria Ryann, Selan, Corey Wilkes, Benny Reid, Khari Parker, and Chris Rob (to name a few).

Kurk has accompanied an array of notable artists over the years: Dionne Warwick, Melba Moore, Martha Reeves, Koko Taylor, YahZarah, Stanley Jordan, Kindred The Family Soul, Andre DeShields, Tammy McCain, Marcus Baylor, Taylor Dane, Chico DeBarge, Eric Roberson, Res, Frank McComb (on electric bass), Siji, Nadirah Shakoor, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, KRS-ONE, Steve Arrington, Kool Moe Dee, Ronnie Laws, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Ronnie DeVoe (Bel Biv Devoe), Shamari DeVoe (Blaque), Julie Dexter, and Bill Cosby.

Bar Louie 
1122 Lake St.


Alyssa Allgood Organ Quartet / 3 to 6pm 

Chicago-based jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood has been described as an artist who “impressively sings, scats and writes original lyrics” (DownBeat Magazine). Her debut album, Out of the Blue, was released in Fall 2016 to wide critical acclaim. The album reimagines the classic Blue Note Records era with original arrangements and lyrics. It received a 4-star review from DownBeat Magazine and was named a “Best Release of 2016” by seven different publications including The Huffington Post and All About Jazz and a “Best Debut Release of 2016” by The New York City Jazz Record. Critics consistently praised Allgood’s instrumental approach and accomplished scat and vocalese singing.

Allgood’s sophomore album, Exactly Like You, was recently released in November 2018 on Cellar Live Records. The album features her jazz organ quartet playing a mix of arrangements of jazz standards, pop classics and original songs.

Allgood recently won the first Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition held in Washington D.C. in 2017.  Other notable awards include being named a Top 15 Finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Chicago and second place winner in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Voice Competition. She also placed as a Top 10 Semifinalist in the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition; where she competed live in Switzerland for a jury presided by jazz legend Al Jarreau.

Allgood actively performs in and around Chicago and has appeared at the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival, the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Winter’s Jazz Club and the Jazz Estate. Allgood is also an active educator and recently served as a clinician at the 2018 Niles North Vocal Jazz Festival and the 2018 Illinois Wesleyan University Jazz Festival. She currently teaches directs vocal jazz ensembles at Neuqua Valley High School and Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Sushi House 
1107 Lake Street

Abigail Riccards Duo / 5 to 8pm

Abigail Riccards: Abigail has garnered much attention from the jazz community for her effortless swing, heartbreaking tone, and personalized approach to lyrics. Abigail’s inimitable approach to the Great American Songbook has made her one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of her generation.
Performing in Chicago since 2011, Abigail has quickly established herself as one of the rising vocalists on the scene. She has performed at many of the city’s top jazz clubs with some of Chicago’s most respected musicians, headlining at venues such as the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, Winter’s Jazz Club, and Andy’s Jazz Club.
While earning her masters degree from William Paterson University, Abigail was selected  as a semifinalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  She is currently finishing her 4th studio album, due out in June of 2019.
Tim Fitzgerald is a Chicago based guitarist and bandleader. He is also author of the book 625 Alive: the Wes Montgomery BBC Concert Transcribed, which has been hailed as the “Ultimate Study of Wes Montgomery’s music” (Just Jazz Guitar Magazine) and “One of the 50 greatest guitar books of all time” (The 50 Greatest Guitar Books). He has written columns for Downbeat Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine and Chicago Jazz Magazine and performed clinics at the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival.
Tim Fitzgerald: Tim leads two bands in Chicago — Tim Fitzgerald’s Full House and the Tim Fitzgerald Quartet — and is a sideman in a multitude of other projects including the Abigail Riccards Duo. He has regularly performed at Chicago’s most well established clubs and frequently appears at numerous music venues throughout the country.

Nando’s Peri Peri
1138 Lake Street

Eric Noden Trio / 5 to 8pm

Deeply rooted in the music of 20’s & 30’s blues pioneers Eric Noden’s percussive guitar work, timeless songwriting and well-traveled blues vocals have earned the respect of audiences, critics, and musicians worldwide. Eric is a one man band, a musician, songwriter, actor, and educator who continues to re-invent traditional blues and roots music for today’s audiences.

Noden started playing electric guitar at age 8 but quickly gravitated toward the finger picking approach of acoustic blues masters Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt and Tommy Johnson. Originally from Ohio, Noden relocated to Chicago in 1994 where he quickly became a staple on the blues scene with his hard-driving solo performances. In Chicago Eric has performed with and interviewed many blues legends including Billy Boy Arnold, Honeyboy Edwards, and Erwin Helfer. Noden has performed at many major music venues including The Chicago Blues Festival, Eslov Blues Festival (Sweden), Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Harmonicales Festival (France) and Buddy Guy’s Legends.

Eric is also known as a blues educator and researcher. From lecture demonstrations at the University of Wisconsin to blues in the schools programs for the Chicago Blues Festival, his educational programs have entertained and informed thousands of students. In addition, Eric also teaches blues guitar workshops at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

124 N Marion St.

Paul Abella Trio / 5 to 8pm

The Paul Abella Trio tried to fuse jazz and jam band sensibilities into one living and breathing beast. In 2019, they are coming back from a four year long hibernation. Are you ready?

Bio Coming Soon!

Beer Shop
1026 North Blvd.


Megan Curran Duo / 5 to 8pm 

A versatile callaborator and leader, Megan Curran stays busy performing as a solo pianist and in various groups throughout the Chicago area. Megan studied with the late great Philippe Gelinas at the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue. She then attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and continued exploring the sound of jazz with Tony Caramia and Michael Kocour.

Megan plays frequently as a soloist and has entertained regularly at Chicago piano bars including Gibson’s Steak House, Hugo’s Frog Bar and Magnum’s Steakhouse – Chicago. She is a longtime member of the Outcast Jazz Band, plays regularly with the Teddy lee Orchestra and fronts her own trio and small groups. Megan has performed at countless venues including Summer Dance Chicago, the Woodstock Jazz Festival, Fitzgerald’s and the Green Mill.

Léa French Street Food
106 N Marion St.


Erik Skov Trio / 7 to 10pm

Erik Skov is a jazz guitarist, educator, and composer working in the Chicago area. As a graduate of North Central College (BA in Jazz Studies, minor in Anthropology, 2011) and Northwestern University (M.M. in Jazz Studies, 2015), Skov has established himself as an up and coming new voice for jazz guitar. An experienced performer on guitar, as well as banjo, Skov has been able to work professionally with top musicians and composers in the jazz and classical worlds including Victor Goines, Ryan Kisor, Jonathan Newman, Derek Bremel, Mallory Thompson, Ben Bolter, Frank Caruso, Charleen Brooks, Chris Madsen, and several others. Skov can be seen performing in several Chicago based ensembles including Kitt Lyles Real Talk, Gustavo Cortinas Snapshot, BTQ, Roy McGrath Chi-Town Sounds, and Victor Bastidas DePasie Project. He has performed as a leader or sideman at the Green Mill, Room 43, Millennium Park, Skokie Theater, Hemingway’s Bistro and held a 7 year residency at Heaven on Seven in Naperville. 

Skov’s most recent project, Liminality, is a six piece jazz ensemble that features saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, trumpeter Emily Kuhn, trombonist Euan Edmonds, bassist Kitt Lyles, and drummer Gustavo Cortinas. The ensemble’s name, Liminality, comes from the anthropological term relating to the middle stages of a ritual or rite. In this stage, the participants have left their previous state and have begun a transformative process that will lead to the desired rewards. Skov’s upcoming album aims to celebrate music as the state of liminality, a life long process aimed at connecting and communicating with others while searching for truth. 

Bar Louie 
1122 Lake St.




Neal Alger Quartet featuring Brian Gephart / 7 to 10pm

Neal Alger: It makes perfect sense that Neal Alger’s jazz guitar style and compositions reflect a variety of styles and approaches. Over the years, Neal has played different kinds of music and they’ve continued to influence him up to this day. For example, Neal performed hard rock/heavy metal as a teenager and co-wrote nearly all of the music in his first rock band entitled Requiem.

Right before and during college, the jazz bug caught Neal and he began listening to legends like saxophonist Charlie Parker and pianist Chick Corea. While participating in Northern Illinois University’s Jazz Ensemble, Neal had the privilege of sharing the stage with Clark Terry, Tito Puente, Claudio Roditi, and Jon Faddis. These artists unknowingly started Neal’s love for Brazillian and Afro-Cuban music as well as straight-ahead jazz.

After graduating from NIU with a bachelors’ degree in jazz guitar performance, Neal moved to Chicago and has been freelancing there ever since. Neal has performed or recorded with Lin Halliday, Howard Levy, Grazyna Augusick, Leslie Gore, Ed Thigpen, and most notably, singer/pianist Patricia Barber. Neal has toured Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with Patricia and he is featured on her Blue Note Records releases VERSE (2002), LIVE: A FORTNIGHT IN FRANCE (2004), MYTHOLOGIES (2006), and THE COLE PORTER MIX (2008). Neal has also appeared on recordings by Chicago-based musicians/groups including Nick Bisesi, Jo Ann Daugherty, BMR4, Matt Geraghty, Sharay Reed, and Steve Hashimoto.

United by a love of both straight-ahed jazz and R&B/Hip-Hop in the early 2000’s, Alger and dynamic vocalist Typhanie Monique formed a musical and personal friendship that continues to the present day and their duo project (complete with special guests) has released three CD’s that have garnered considerable critical praise: INTRINSIC (2004), IN THIS ROOM (2007), and YULETIDE GROOVE (2008). Neal made a guest appearance on Typhanie’s most recent disc, the highly ambitious work CALL IT MAGIC (2017) and they perform regularly around the Chicagoland area.

Brian Gephart: Brian Gephart is a jazz musician living in the Chicago area.  Gephart plays tenor, soprano, and alto saxophones and is also a prolific composer. He leads his own group, the Brian Gephart Group, which morphs between a sextet and a trio depending on the venue. He also performs with many other talented musicians. See Projects for details.

Sushi House 
1107 Lake Street


Alexis Lombre Trio /  7 to 10pm

Alexis Lombre is a professional jazz pianist who is making her way onto the jazz scene. Alexis started classical piano lessons at age 10 but because of her attraction to the soulful sounds of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and pianist, Gene Harris, at age 12 she switched to jazz lessons. At age 13, Alexis began participating in the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s (JIC) training programs which emphasized the importance of learning jazz on the bandstand. She began attending JIC jam sessions and then at 15, received the JIC Kiewit-Wang Mentorship Award to study privately with the legendary pianist, Willie Pickens. Alexis’ training was complemented by attending summer jazz camps at Juilliard, Centrum-Port Townsend and in Kansas City and Louisville.

As a soloist, Alexis performed the National Anthem at the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival opening for Jimmy Heath, the Robert Glasper Experiment and the Donald Harrison Quintet. As a bandleader, her group was featured most recently at 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival. Her band has also performed in Chicago at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the Bucktown Arts Festival, the Trinity UCC Jazzapalooza Jazz Festival, the City of Chicago’s “Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz” Series”, the Hyde Park Jazz Society’s Sundays at Room 43, the David & Reva Logan Center for the Arts’ Third Tuesday Jazz Series and, in the “Charles Heath Presents: Jazzin on the SouthSide” series.

Khyber Pass
1031 Lake Street

Audley Reid / 7 to 10pm

Audley Reid is one of Chicago’s finest Contemporary jazz and R&B musicians. Audley L. Reid, often referred to as “Reid”, began his musical odyssey over 25 years ago. Proficient on all saxophones, Reid prefers the Alto Sax and his passionate technique, smooth styling and distinctive sound often draws comparisons to the music of David Sanborn and sax genius of the late Art Porter, Jr.
Reid’s effortless performances, across a wide range of musical genres including Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Blues, and R&B, has afforded him opportunities to perform with stars such as Buddy Guy, Phil Perry, Kim Fields, Nick Colionne, Howard Hewett, Will Downing, Ray Parker Jr., Michael Henderson, Vivian Green and Norman Connors, before a multitude of audiences at various galas, venues and events throughout the United States, Mexico, Asia, Canada, Europe and his native country, Jamaica.
1120 Pleasant St.

Greg Dudzienski Trio / 7 to 10pm

Saxophonist and composer Gregory Dudzienski lives a life of constant motion.  After years of travel, he has become a member of Chicago’s strong community of musicians and improvisers.  His original music has been featured on the Anagram Series at The Elastic Arts Foundation, the Actual Jazz Series at Cafe Mustache, and the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective At The Green Mill as well as the Is This Jazz Series at AS200 in Providence, Rhode Island, the International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia, and the Salerno Jazz Festival in Salerno Italy.  Dudzienski was inspired during his youth by the jazz of the late 1950s and 1960s and has since then continued to be influenced by the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic language of that era.  Seeking new ways to navigate the spirit of the mid-century jazz language, his music results in a modern aesthetic with strong roots in primary sources.

Wild Onion Tied House 
1111 South Blvd