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Jazz Showcase, Chicago

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Nightlife · Jazz Bar
The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz club in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, now owned and operated by Wayne Segal (Joe Segal’s son). Since 1947, Joe Segal has been the person that you first meet when entering the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. This past April 24th, Segal turned 90, but you wouldn’t know it if you sat with him at the entrance to the Showcase and listened to him talk with the customers for that night’s show. Just as he has done for over 66 years, Segal greets the audience with a thank you, as he takes the cover charge.

The greatest name in Jazz have played at the Jazz showcase on Tour including Chris Potter, Frank Morgan, Danilo Perez, Larry Coryell, Paul Wertico, James Carter, Stu Katz, Ira Sullivan, Winard Harper, McCoy Tyner, Dexter Gordon, Bunky Green, Count Basie, Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Smith, Randy Weston, Barry Harris, Joey DeFrancesco, Jack McDuff, Bill Evans, Walter Bishop Jr., Sun Ra, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sonny Stitt, Yusef Lateef, Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, Joe Lovano, Dizzy Gillespie (who appeared there on his birthday for many years), Johnny Griffin, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Howard McGee, George Benson, Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Philly Joe Jones, Charles McPherson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ernestine Anderson, Lou Donaldson, Hank Crawford, Jimmy McGriff, Lonny Liston Smith, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Muhal Richard Abrahms, Zoot Sims/Al Cohn, Joe Williams, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Joe Farrell, Art Farmer, Bobby Hutcherson, the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut, Freddie Hubbard, and others. Ahmad Jamal recorded his trio album Chicago Revisited there in 1992. Joe Segal produced the live album “The Chase” by Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon there in 1970.

Today, the Jazz showcase continues to be a thriving Jazz club in Chicago and continues to bring in the top international & Chicago homegrown musicians.

Jazz Showcase presents live music 7 nights a week. Our famous 4 pm Sunday Matinee is geared towards families (Free admission for kids 12 and under). We accept cash at the door but you can use your credit card for bar service. You can also purchase tickets online with your credit card at our Jazz showcase website.
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  • A really great listening room for jazz - outstanding acoustics - and a really warm and friendly vibe, and a place with so much history (live jazz club since 1947!). The cover charge was reasonable...  more »
  • The Showcase was an easy walk from the Blackstone Hotel where we stayed and its holiday jazz show was superb. A VIP ticket will get you a guaranteed spot up front though there's really not a bad...  more »
  • This is what every jazz venue wishes it could be. Intimate, warm, sensual. The room acoustics are phenomenal. The lightest most gentle note sneaks into the audience and leaves room for it's big bombastic brother without overwhelming or hiding. The staff are excellent, the drinks delicious and reasonable, the seating comfortable and uncrowded. The guests were there for the music, for the experience. Well mannered, well dressed, well equipped to enjoy the soundscape presented. Attend a a set or two at the Showcase. You won't regret it.
  • This is a great room to listen (quietly) to some of the world's finest jazz musicians and enjoy some wine, beer or a delicious cocktail. The Showcase has been operating in Chicago since 1947 and is still going strong!!

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