Jazz Show Case Closes

Aug 28, 2006 6:25 pm US/Central

Legendary Chicago Jazz Club To Close

Jazz Showcase To Go Silent After Lease Ends

(CBS)  CHICAGO The sound of music is about to go silent at a legendary
Chicago jazz club.

CBS 2’s Joanie Lum reports on a River North favorite that’s about to
fade away.

Six nights a week, the Jazz Showcase fills with the excitement of live
jazz. Artists perform under a giant photograph of Charlie Parker, the
inspiration of so many musicians and the Jazz Showcase itself.

“He changed the way people though about music and changed fingering
methods for the saxophone,” said proprietor Joe Segal.

Joe Segal has promoted and featured bebop and progressive swing music
at his beloved Jazz Showcase for 60 years, the last 10 years at the
Grand and Clark location.

Dizzie Gillespie often played the club known as “where jazz lives in

“He has brought in nationally renown artists. That’s the hallmark and
signature of the Jazz Showcase,” said Lauren Deutsch of the Jazz
Institute of Chicago.

It’s also perhaps its legacy. The lease is up on New Year’s Eve.

“I can’t imagine the Jazz Showcase ever going away,” Deutsch said.

Joe Segal befriended many jazz greats since introducing the music to
Chicago audiences in the 1940s.

It seems the community he enriched wants to give back.

“We’ve been getting calls from developers and people who have bright
ideas, so we’ll see what happens,” Segal said.

“I don’t know what else I would do. I’m too young to retire,” Segal

The Jazz Showcase was one of the first establishments to go smoke-free
in Chicago in the 1990s, and it offers a Sunday matinee for parents and
their children.

Joe Segal and his son, Wayne, will check out the offers they’ve
received to decide whether they will move to a new location.

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