Jazz Thaw

3pm to 10pm, Saturday, March 7

Sip, sizzle and swing during Jazz Thaw! Enjoy free live music performances inside 13 restaurants.

Presented by Downtown Oak Park in partnership with 90.9 WDCB “Chicago’s Home for Jazz!”

Parking Map here

JAZZ TOUR / Free Admission

Stop in to any participating local restaurant to enjoy live music and the option to order from the host restaurant’s menu.

3 - 6 PM

Léa French Street Food 

106 N Marion Street

James Sanders Duo 

James Sanders confidently crosses stylistic borders yet stays true to both the jazz violin legacy and his rigorous classical training, creating music that transcends category yet remains faithful to its multiple inspirations.

For full biography, head over to www.jamessandersviolin.com/about

Lake Street Kitchen + Bar 

1101 Lake Street

Barry Winograd & Jim Ryan

Barry Winograd 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.


Jim Ryan, a 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.

The Little Gem Restaurant + Bar

189 N Marion Street

The New Deal Gypsy Jazz Band 

Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz music generally accepted to have been started by the Romani guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in and around Paris in the 1930s. Because its origins are in France and Django was from the Manouche Roma clan it is often called by the French name, “jazz manouche,” or “manouche jazz.” The term is now commonly used for this style of music. The New Deal is Kevin Rush on Guitar, Steve Kelly on Guitar, Teir Foster on Clarinet, Ed Sullivan on Bass.

Nando’s Peri-Peri 

1138 Lake Street

Neal Alger’s Brazilian Trio

Neal Alger – guitar
Curt Bley – bass
Darren Scorza – drums

Alger loves both straight-ahead jazz and the vast trove of Brazilian music that exists for jazz improvisers. These two national strains will comingle in this particular September 13th performance by Alger’s trio.  You will hear Cole Porter alongside Ivan Lins, Duke Ellington next to Nelson Cavaquinho, and very possibly Stevie Wonder coupled with Milton Nascimento!

Alger has chosen two very versatile players to round out his trio: bassist Curt Bley and drummer Darren Scorza.  Bley’s artistry has enabled him to perform with both shredder guitar wizard Dave Urich and Chicago jazz virtuosos pianist John Campbell and harmonica player Howard Levy, as well as honing his Brazilian music sensitivities back in the 90’s with the incendiary Chicago/Brazilian ensemble Som Brasil, headed by legendary pianist/vibraphonist Breno Sauer and vocalist Neusa Sauer.  Scorza is one of the most musical and sensitive drummers on the Chicago scene, who has shared the stage over with Bobby Enriquez, Richie Cole, Kevin Cole, and Ted Hogarth.  His formidable accompaniment skills have been utilized by many prominent vocalists including Michele Thomas, Elaine Dame, and Jeannie Tanner.

Sushi House 

1107 Lake Street

Matt Shevitz Quartet

Originally from Oregon, Matt Shevitz has been an in demand musician in Chicago, Illinois for the last several years. Throughout his music career he has performed alongside such internationally renowned jazz musicians as Dick Hyman, Ignacio Berroa, Howard Levy, Frank Capp, Randy Sandke, Ken Peplowski, Byron Stripling, and Frank Wess along with blues/roots rock guitarist Eric Lindell and Ropeadope Records artists Spare Parts. With these artists and others, Matt has performed at such festivals and clubs as the Jazz in the Park Festival (in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), the Waterfront Blues Festival (in Portland, Oregon), the Chicago Blues Festival, Lollapalooza, the Jazz Showcase, the House of Blues in Chicago, and as a featured artist for Oregon Festival of American Music (in Eugene, Oregon) and the Modlin Center for the Performing Arts (in Richmond, Virginia).

In addition to performing, Matt has been a regular contributor to DownBeat Magazine since 2009. He has published articles analyzing transcriptions of great jazz solos as well as jazz theory and effective practice habits. His articles have garnered the attention of musicians worldwide.

Matt is currently a professor and the Director of Jazz Ensembles at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, for which he did extensive research on the great jazz saxophonist Harold “Tina” Brooks. His other degrees consist of a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Music from the University of Oregon.

For full biography, head over to www.mattshevitz.com/bio

5 - 8 PM


1026 North Blvd

Paul Abella Trio

The Paul Abella Trio is here to party. Guitarist Billy Denk, bassist Chris Bernhardt and percussionist (and Oak Parker) Paul Abella fuse Jazz improvisation with pop, rock & punk songs and Brazilian rhythms into a singular sound.

Flourish Lounge

193 N Marion Street

Isaiah Collier Duo

Isaiah Collier and The Chosen Few is a group founded by saxophonist Isaiah Collier. Collier who’s an alumi of the Jazz Institute of Chicago and ChiArts has been playing around the Chicagoland area for the past 4 years. Isaiah has played with a plethora of artist such as: Stefon Harris, Roy McCurty, Carmen Bradford, Ernest Dawkins, Bennie Maupin, Ari Brown, Robert Irving III and many more. Playing at festivals such The Hyde Park Jazz festival, International Jazz Day fest, Englewood Jazz Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival. Now Isaiah has decided to gather a group of musicians “ The Chosen Few”.

Q-BBQ Oak Park

124 N Marion Street

LePercolateur Gypsy-Jazz

Chicago’s LePercolateur blows bubbles of swingtime bliss with unbridled energy and irresistible hooks. Springboarding off a platform of manouche jazz and Django Reinhardt–inspired hot club swing, the band evokes 1930s France with help from the vocal textures of Candace Washburn, whose playful and seductive croon steals hearts like a shoplifter in a Hallmark store. The toe-tapping combination of Stacy McMichael’s upright bass, Felipe Tobar and Marielle de Rocca-Serra’s twisting violin melodies, and the dueling-auctioneer fretting of guitarists Mason Jiller and Chris Siebold recently saw the band signed to esteemed local label Chicago Sessions.

For full biography, head over to bit.ly/2HCNe6V

Tre Sorelle Ristorante

1111 Lake Street

Kimberly Gordon Duo

Kimberly’s sound reflects the old school style of delivering standards. She is deeply rooted in the ways of the masters always true to the melody as written; this separates her from the rest.

From Duo to big band Kimberly can be yours….

For full biography, head over to bit.ly/39LTQfk

7 - 10 PM


1120 Pleasant Street

Tony doRosario Organ 4

The best musicians tend to display at least a bit of their roots in everything they do, and jazz guitarist Tony Do Rosario is no exception.  While himself a product of the Atlantic City area of southern New Jersey, Tony’s appreciation for music came at an early age growing up as a first-generation American amid a family whose native Brazilian culture was a regular part of the household.  It was on family trips to Brazil that he recalls finding his love for life and music. “There was this Samba band that would rehearse down the street,” Tony reminisces.  “I remember just absorbing the energy of the music.” He also enjoyed watching his grandfather, a self-taught musician, perform on the accordion for the family.  Tony recalls a desire to create music of his own as early as age eight, and by age twelve, his parents had supplied him with a guitar.  It was a neighbor, Tom Ferguson, however, that introduced Tony to jazz.  Tom had played with legendary musicians such as Nat King Cole and Dizzy Gillespie, and Tom’s stories not only enlightened Tony but inspired him to look beyond his rock and roll heroes toward jazz, where he found his true musical identity. “I love the way it makes me feel and how the music evokes emotion.”

For full biography, head over to www.tonyguitar.com/about

Kalamata Kitchen

105 N Marion Street

Miguel de la Cerna Duo 

Bio Coming Soon!

Khyber Pass 

1031 Lake Street

Joe Policastro Trio

The Joe Policastro Trio is a Chicago-based jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro featuring guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery.
The JOE POLICASTRO TRIO is a Chicago-based jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro featuring guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature also brings rock, soul, funk, Brazilian, and free jazz to the surface while keeping the aesthetic of an acoustic jazz trio intact. Their third album, Screen Sounds (JeruJazz Records), is an assemblage of movie/TV music re-imagined by the trio. Other releases by the band include 2013’s West Side Story Suite For Jazz Trio, and 2016’s POPS!, also on JeruJazz Records.
For full biography, head over to bit.ly/3bRjH7d

Nandos Peri- Peri 

1138 Lake Street

Luciano Antonio Trio

Luciano was born into a musical family on January 3, 1969 in rural Iretama, Parana, Brazil’s southern region. From this melodiously rich environment, he learned first how to sing with his mom, Luiza Maria. He further developed his vocal abilities through his maternal grandparents, who performed for local live radio shows and paternal grandparents, who harmonized beautifully. Luciano has collaborated with many great fellow artists: playing acoustic guitar on John Goldman’s ‘For All the People’, vocals on Matt Geraghty’s ‘Mozaic’, arranging/co-producing, and performing on the recent release ‘Samba Mundo’ by St. Louis based Samba Bom, serving as lead vocalist and guitarist with the Evanston Orquestra de Samba which connects classical music with Brazilian rhythms and harmonies, and performing throughout the Chicago Jazz scene as a soloist.

For full biography, head over to lucianoantonio.com/bio

Sushi House 

1107 Lake Street

Sharel Cassity Quartet

Sharel Cassity — Saxophonist, Multi-Reedist, Composer, Bandleader, and Educator Sharel is a musician well established on the New York and Chicago jazz scenes. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past decade, Sharel has appeared on the Today Show, won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award & has been inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Her four albums released as a leader have received top-rated reviews in publications like JazzTimes, Jazziz, Downbeat & American Indian News & earned her a cover story in Saxophone Journal. Cassity’s latest album, “Evolve,” was recorded and distributed on her record label, Relsha Music. 

For full biography, head over to www.sharelcassity.com/bio-epk-1

Wild Onion Tied House 

1111 South Blvd

Alejandro Urzagaste Trio

Alejandro moved to Chicago in 2000 to learn from the masters. Since, he has performed at the Green Mill, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Andy’s Jazz Club, Pete Miller’s Steakhouse and the Jazz Showcase as a leader and a sideman for Taku Akiyama, Marco Polo, Marc Pompe, Juli Wood and the Deep Blue Organ Trio. He has performed with Jodie Christian, Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, Ron Blake, Kobie Watkins, Maurice Brown, Ron Perrillo, Eric Schneider, Pat Mallinger, Marquis Hill, Juli Wood, Dennis Carroll, Shara Maxwell, Marc Pompe and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

In 2012 he released his debut recording “Urban Intervals.” The recording features piano legend Jodie Christian.

In 2018 Alejandro has released his second recording, his first with the group Flow.

​Flow is a guitar, piano led jazz group featuring Bill Carrothers with the all star rhythm section of Dennis Carroll and Zach Harmon.