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Jazz Showcase

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Address: 806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60655
Phone Number: +1 312-360-0234
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8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Jazz Showcase is the most historic jazz club in Chicago, founded in 1947 by...

Jazz Showcase is the most historic jazz club in Chicago, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, and now owned and operated by Wayne Segal (Joe's son). Segal's national and international honors include being declared a "Master of Jazz" by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). "It is a great honor to be placed in the same company with so many of the wonderful artists I have presented all of these years!" Joe Segal, 88. The greatest names in jazz have played at Jazz Showcase including the likes of Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Art Blakey. Having changed location numerous times since its founding, the club relocated again in 2008 to Dearborn Station, in Chicago, Illinois. Today, Jazz Showcase continues to thrive and bring in top local, national, and international talent.

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).

The 170-seat venue is available for group outings during any of our live performances and for private events during the day.

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An Intimate, Classy, Friendly Jazz Venue

My wife and I loved the ambiance of this historic jazz club. Katrina was a genuinely delightful hostess. We hope to return soon with my out-of-town music-loving in-laws!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Aaron S
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I loved the ambiance of this historic jazz club. Katrina was a genuinely delightful hostess. We hope to return soon with my out-of-town music-loving in-laws!

Thank Aaron S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, the owner is a Chicago jazz legend that has operated Jazz Showcase since 1947. The 170 seat room is exceptionally cozy with candles on the tables and dim lighting. Seating consists of a bar at the back of the room and a mix of tables and soft furniture scattered (a sofa for goodness sake!) throughout the room.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like jazz, do not come to Chicago and not visit this place. There are only three other places in the city like it, but if you're in the downtown area, this is the place to go. The acoustics are phenomenal, no loud overpowering music. It's the type of place you can go by yourself (women) and not feel... More 

Thank Rosemarie R
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

.....and few anywhere in the world. The club is a national treasure. I've been going to The Jazz Showcase for almost 40 years. Over that period, it's changed locations several times and the current one is particularly good. You simply will not find the history, the quality of musicianship and headliners and the vibe anywhere else in town. As respectable... More 

Thank Elliot R
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I 've been going to the Jazz Showcase for the last 25 years. I always look forward to great musicians performing in a beautiful space with a listening crowd. It's really nice that they have a child friendly matinee on Sundays so the youngsters can see some live music. The sound is very good there and the bartenders and wait... More 

Thank Juli W
North Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I've been going to the Jazz showcase since the mid 90's, and I have listened and met the greatest Jazz musicians in history at this club. There is no other Jazz club like this...anywhere. I just came back from the 8pm show of the Roy Hargrove Quintet, and sure enough it was a full house. The show was amazing. I... More 

Thank veroniquebecka
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

We just left the 8:00 show of Roy Hargrove Quintet having watched a man in the grips of drug addiction. Roy could barely enter the stage let alone stand there. What is most disappointing is that the band supports this man by playing with him instead of refusing to when he is that high. Are these friends? Furthermore, we have... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I've going to the Jazz Showcase since the mid 80's. Always worth it a visit, top talent, great venue. Recommend it to all music lovers, not just jazz heads.

Thank Wayne J
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This is the best jazz venue in Chicago, and has been since the 1940's. I've gone to all their previous venues over the years. Joe Seigel and his brother have featured all the best jazz artists over the years. A great place to go for the Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. Tickets available online for the modest price of $20.... More 

Thank Ann H
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I have been going to Jazz Showcase for 50 years and have never had a disappointing experience. You can listen to jazz without having to listen to audience members talk. It is a quiet club where people come to listen not to talk. You hear the instruments without electronics. Some of the musicians are well known others are not, but... More 

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