Featuring Alyssa Allgood, vocals, Dan Chase, organ, Matt Plaskota, drums, and Tim Fitzgerald, guitar. Chicago-based jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood has been described by jazz historian Scott Yanow as “one of the top up-and-coming jazz singers around today.”
Chicago-based singer Alyssa Allgood is an exciting new voice in vocal jazz, offering a unique interpretation of the repertoire with vocal improvisation and arranging.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from North Central College in Naperville, IL, where she won the coveted Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Best Collegiate Vocal Jazz Soloist in 2014. She was recently named a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Organization in Chicago and the second place winner in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Voice Competition. She also placed as a top ten semifinalist in the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition; where she competed live in Switzerland for a jury presided by jazz legend Al Jarred. Alyssa’s debut EP Lady Bird was named a Best Release of 2015 on All About Jazz and it was hailed as “the most refined offering in the genre yet.” The Chicago Jazz Magazine highly recommends this debut recording and described it as “a wonderful exploration of the lost art of bebop vocalese.” Alyssa was applauded for the “delightful arrangements”, “command” and “superbly delivered approach” that was showcased on the recording. Alyssa is working on her first full-length album, which is set to release in the fall of 2016.
Alyssa has performed at a number of venues in Chicago, including the Jazz Showcase, Fitzgerald’s, Jerry’s, The High-Hat Club, Pete Miller’s and The House Pub. She has also appeared as a special guest with groups at Andy’s Jazz Club and The Taste of Chicago.
Dan Chase has been working as a professional pianist and organist for several years. Already performing at the age of 16, Dan quickly found his place in the Chicago jazz scene. He has performed at numerous restaurants and clubs in the Chicagoland area including Andy's Jazz Club, the Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, and Reggie's Rock Club. He currently works as an educator and recording engineer, as well as being a sideman and leader in various groups, whether it be on piano or the Hammond B3 organ.
Matt Plaskota is a drummer and percussionist in the Chicago area. In 2010 he graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois. He continues to perform throughout the Chicago area and has worked with a variety of Chicago-based musicians including Tito Carrillo, Patricia Barber, Larry Gray, John Moulder, Jim Gailloreto at venues such as The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase, Andy's and others. Matt is also very active as an educator and is the percussion instructor at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois.
Guitarist Tim Fitzgerald's love of jazz comes through with every note he plays. Well versed in many styles of music, Tim has performed throughout the country, from the Luxor in Las Vegas to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles to Chicago’s Green Mill. He cites his performances with Chicago’s late, great saxophonist Von Freeman as the most influential shows in his development.
Television appearances include PBS’s “Art Beat Chicago” and the ABC-TV’s New Year’s Rock N Roll Ball. Tim also appeared on the soundtracks for the Sony motion picture, “The Myth of Fingerprints,” starring Roy Scheider, Julianne Moore, and Noah Wyle and the Weinstein animated film, “Hoodwinked Too” featuring Glenn Close, Martin Short and Amy Poehler.
Tim’s critically acclaimed book “625 Alive: The Wes Montgomery BBC Performance Transcribed,” has been selected as one of the “50 Greatest Guitar Books” of all time. He has also taught clinics at the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival and the Chicago Jazz Festival and has written for Downbeat magazine.
The Tim Fitzgerald Quartet presents an entertaining mix of jazz and soul music, including Tim’s original compositions as well as the music of Wes Montgomery.