Vocalist, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Keyboard, Piano, Vocalist - Alto.


I consider myself a sort of jack-of-all-trades guitarist, although I primarily study jazz and styles derived from jazz like funk and fusion. I also maintain an Insta account (nokittybadkitty) where I post videos of developing musical concepts and live performances.

Update (2/2/2019): Currently seeking a vocalist for an experimental/progressive rock project. I have a bass player and drummer lined up with material ready to go. Prefer someone age 25-35, with some background in music theory/composition (although that's not a deal-breaker). Message me on IG or e-mail me at ryan.sztochmal. As long as this message is up, I'm still looking!

Screen name:
Member since:
Apr 07 2013
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:


Nels Cline, Eric Johnson, Pat Martino, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Guthrie Govan, Erik Satie, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Hendrix, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Zappa, Fela Kuti.

BADBADNOTGOOD, The Mars Volta, Wilco, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Roots, Porcupine Tree, Jethro Tull, Radiohead.

I love music with some compositional structure that still leaves space for improvisation (think "free jazz" rather than "jam band"). I also love energetic, technical music that translates into frenetic live playing. I want my audience to have as much fun listening to my music as I do creating it.

Instrument experience:

Lead Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Bass Guitar:


Guitars: Fender Stratocaster, D'Angelico Excel DC, Squier '51, Cordoba C5

Amplifiers: Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

Effects: Way Huge Aqua Puss Analog Delay, Xotic Effects XW-1 Wah, TC Electronics Polytune Noir, MXR Analog Chorus, Alchemy Audio Dead Bat

Misc.: Casio CDP-130 Keyboard


Past Events


Eric Wallgren
Bummed Out
Chord Cabal
The Coils

Silence that inner screaming for a couple of hours with TCA & Friends!

Featuring The Confetti Acai, Mr. Constant, and more Chicago talent

w/Shame Shame Shame and Mantra Nova

It's a jam. It starts at 8 pm. Come for the music, stay for the beer.

Blues and brews.

Blues and beer.

I'll be playing out with Lilly's Thursday night house band. Come on out to meet up, grab a drink, and watch us perform (or perform with us if you play an instrument!) Prospective bandmates, this is your chance to see if I'm the sort of musician you'd want to work with.

Jam starts at 10:00 pm. Music is jazz/funk improv. Bar is 21+.