Jazz Thaw

3 to 10pm, Saturday March 3

Sip, sizzle and swing during Jazz Thaw, while enjoying free live music performances inside 13 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 13 local restaurants to enjoy live music and the option to order from the host restaurant’s menu.

The New Deal / 3 to 6pm

The New Deal is a Chicago based, Gypsy Jazz ensemble.  Gypsy Jazz, or Jazz Manouche, is a style of music that emerged in Paris in the 1930’s and was made popular by guitarist Django Reinhardt.  Notably missing from typical jazz instrumentation are drums and brass.  Instead, Gypsy Jazz is characterized by it’s swinging rhythm guitar and bass, with blistering fast guitar, violin and clarinet melodies.   The concept of the blazing fast rock-guitar solo is said to have been come from Django Reinhardt, as he redefined the role of guitar within the ensemble.

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

Barry Winograd/Mike Walters / 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.

Lake Street Kitchen + Bar
1101 Lake St.

Maracujaz Trio / 3 to 6pm

From mellow bossa novas and upbeat sambas to jazz classics, Maracujaz is a musical journey to Brazilian jazz! Maracujaz will put you right in the heart of Carnaval!  Vocalist-bassist/pianist and the leader of Maracujaz, Jo Raymond, has performed with Arturo Martinez, Otis Day, Luciano Antonio, Chicago Samba and more, and he has composed the music for the film, “A Batalha dos Anjos Malditos.”

Two Brothers Social Tap
100 S. Marion St.

Thaddeus Tukes Trio / 3 to 6pm

At 23, Thaddeus Tukes has established himself as one of the freshest voices on the vibraphone. A product of Whitney Young Magnet High School and Northwestern University, he is fully attuned to hip-hop, R&B and soul – hear his killer version of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do.” But for all his stylistic departures, Tukes reserves his deepest commitment to jazz standards. “It’s great to get involved in modern harmonies and meters and so on, but there’s so much you can learn from the classics,” he said. “I try and connect not only with the solos on those recordings, but also the words of the songs.” Tukes’ topnotch quintet features saxophonist Irvin Pierce, pianist Julius Tucker, bassist Alex Warshawsky and drummer Alvin Cobb Jr.

Bar Louie
1122 Lake St.

Gregory Dudzienski & Andy Pratt / 3 to 6pm

As a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter & photographer, Pratt loves the fuzz, blur, grain, & beautiful imperfections of live music and art. With an affinity for analog recording, vintage instruments, film cameras, string quartets, & brooding melodies, his music lives within a modern impressionist world of his own creation. Pratt is a storyteller who sings to clearly evoke a mood, space or time. With a dry vocal and reverberating guitar, he brings his listeners into the world he’s created. Saxophonist Gregory Dudzienski has performed extensively throughout Europe, South America and the Middle East as well as around the United States.  Dudzienski has presented lectures and classes on improvisation, jazz harmony, and arranging at The International Saxophone Symposium, The University of Rhode Island, and at high schools throughout the United States.

Prairie Bread Kitchen
103 N. Marion St.

Tony do Rosario Quartet / 3 to 6pm

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.”

Sushi House
1107 Lake St.

Kimberly Gordon Duo / 5 to 8pm

Chicago native Kimberly Gordon has been a part of the national Jazz scene for twenty-five years, playing top venues and receiving high acclaim from critics and musicians alike. During her five year stint in New York City, she was Artist in Residence at Smalls and Cleopatra’s Needle also singing at The Village Vanguard, Bradley’s, Sweet Basil and other top venues. Kimberly has shared the stage with Jazz legends such as Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, Harry”Sweets” Edison, Marcus Roberts, Frank Hewitt, Barry Harris, Captain Jack McDuff, John Hicks, Von Freeman, and countless others.

Mancini’s Italian Bistro
1111 Lake St.

Roy McGrath’s NOLA Quintet / 5 to 8pm

Roy McGrath is a Chicago based tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and educated in Boston, New Orleans and Chicago, Roy brings to bear these diverse influences in his playing and composing. In addition to leading and recording with his own jazz ensembles, he is a member of several others and an in-demand player in the city’s jazz, funk, Latin jazz and salsa scenes. He has led international tours to Mexico, Singapore, Korea and China. As a composer and arranger, Roy is firmly in the jazz tradition, but his Latin American heritage is an ever-present mind set, leading to wholly original works that are a true expression of who he is. His plans for 2017 include recording and releasing a new album of original compositions, Remembranzas, and leading two special big band tribute projects honoring legendary Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández and Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra.

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. They were tight and funky and melded many musical influences into a cohesive whole.

Beer Shop
1026 North Blvd.

Adrian Ruiz Latin Jazz Trio / 5 to 8pm

Adrian Joel Ruiz was born July 29 in Chicago, IL. He started playing piano at the age of 16 in his high school Jazz Band which is where he discovered his passion for music. He won the Ravinia Jazz Scholar award his junior and senior year in high school. He studied with Chicago’s own Willie Pickens, who was the pianist for Elvin Jones. Adrian started playing professionally at the age of 19 and since then has become one of the youngest professional performers in Chicago while still attending college for premedical studies. He has done recordings with many artists, Vincent Gardner being his favorite. Already having shared the stage with Frank Catalano, Von Freeman, Luis ‘Perico’ Ortiz, Bobby Broom, Brenda K. Starr, Van Lester, Willie Garcia, Jesse Charbonier, Ernie Adams, Frankie Vazquez, Alison Ruble, The Drifters, Kayvan Vega, Joan Collaso, Papo Cocote, Tony Vega, Los Bandoleros, Victor Miranda, and the Grammy Nominated Angel Melendez and his Mambo 911 Orchestra, Grammy Winners Roberto Vizcaino, and Raul Pineda, to name a few, he looks forward to continuing his passion.

Wild Onion Tied House
1111 South Blvd.

Kelly Brand Duo / 5 to 8pm

Brand has been an active performer on the Chicago jazz scene, playing frequent club and concert dates. In 1999 Kelly joined Marion McPartland on stage at Ravinia for some impromptu double piano jazz playing. Ms. McPartland earlier wrote for Brand’s first CD “a fine young pianist who plays with elegance and sensitivity.”Kelly is also an experienced teacher and clinician. She has taught privately for 2 decades. She studied piano at the U of I in Champaign/Urbana where she received a B.S. in music education, and continued to study piano with the late great Chicago teacher Goldie Golub. She has taught at the Merit School of Music and was a teaching artist in the Ravinia Music Discovery Program. She currently plays and clinics in Chicago schools with Pangaea featuring Ari Brown, Kelly Sill, and Avreeayl Ra . They are sponsored by the International Music Foundation, an umbrella group of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Lea French Street Food
106 N. Marion St.

Geordie Kelly Organ Trio / 7 to 10pm

Chicago guitarist, Geordie Kelly, has been described as a first-class, gifted guitarist and composer (Vic Juris). He has been privileged to share the stage with artists such as Larry Coryell, Ed Calle, Bobby Shew, Phil DeGreg, Maureen McGovern, Frank Mantooth, Bob Bowman, Ritchie Cole, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and The Turtle Island String Quartet. He was also a founding member and performer with the jazz combo “Skipjack Trio” in The United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

Bar Louie
1122 Lake St.

Shawn Maxwell Trio / 7 to 10pm

Shawn Maxwell formed his style early on while growing up in the rich musical history of the Joliet, Illinois school music programs. From the time a clarinet and saxophone first touched his lips, Maxwell knew that music was his calling. With conviction and abilities that belied his age, it was equally clear to others that Shawn Maxwell was destined to be a musician. He quickly became a celebrated performer in the Joliet Central High School band program where his prowess as a soloist was on regular display. Shawn further refined his art in a post-secondary setting, absorbing all that his instructors could teach – earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Millikin University in 1999. Shawn then signed with the prestigious and legendary Conn-Selmer Company to join their Performance and Educational Artist Roster.

Khyber Pass
1031 Lake St.

Lady T Quartet / 7 to 10pm

“Lady T.” has performed at many Chicago-area venues. She has held many performance residencies, including a 2-year Saturday night residency at Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and an 8-year Friday and Saturday residency at Pacific Blue Seafood-Steaks-Oysters Restaurant nee Ciao Bella Ristorante in Glen Ellyn, IL in the western suburbs. “Lady T.” is a terrific performer with a super personality! She possesses a distinctly intimate and memorable vocal style, superb musicianship, and a super personality. “Lady T.” is someone every jazz lover should know!

Barclay’s American Grille
1120 Pleasant St.

Marques Carroll Trumpet Summit Quintet / 7 to 10pm

For the diverse trumpeter who has spent the last 32 years of life pursuing music with dedication and determination, Marques has turned his passion into a career and a life long journey.  To say that Jazz is his only plateau would limit his overall playing ability and knowledge of music.

Sushi House
1107 Lake St.