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Jazz Showcase

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Address: 806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60655
Phone Number: +1 312-360-0234
4:00 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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Classy without the snobbery. Become a new fan of some fantastically intimate organ by checking out the Joey DeFransesco Trio. Staff was pleasant and attentive. It was like going... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Classy without the snobbery. Become a new fan of some fantastically intimate organ by checking out the Joey DeFransesco Trio. Staff was pleasant and attentive. It was like going to a spa for the music lover in you. Room is cozy and welcoming with tons of photographs of musicians...Inspiring! Will definitely return. They have their own parking lot, or take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently visited the Jazz Showcase to see Ravi Coltrane, Great player and of course the son of John Coltrane. I've been to jazz clubs all over the world and consider the Jazz Showcase to be the best place to listen and see great Jazz!! First of all, there are no obstructed views. Grab a VIP seat for a little... More 

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Wheaton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I had attended the Jazz Showcase many times in the 80's and 90's when it was located in the Blackstone Hotel. This was my first opportunity visit in their new location at the landmark Dearborn Station. This is a wonderful room to hear live jazz. The Jazz Showcase has a history of presenting the very best in jazz. Tonight we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing place we saw Ravi Coltrane and his quartet, they were amazing , and I am not a huge jazz fan but this place and the band converted me. The place is very relaxed, with sofas and chairs. Recommend getting a seat on the stage if you can, if not everywhere else is excellent (the sofas on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

My good fortune in NYC is having access to very special jazz clubs. The Jazz Showcase is a special room. I don't think there is a bad seat in the house even at the bar. Take note other clubs. It feels good and sounds great. Drinks are fairly priced. Great table service. Cover is reasonable. They don't serve food, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

During a recent visit, our Chicago friends took us to this fantastic jazz club that we knew nothing about. Well worth the $20/person cover charge. The jazz artist for the evening was Ira Sullivan. Great history and outstanding musician and band. The setting is small and cozy and we would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Wow!! Coworker and I wanted to celebrate our Christmas break. We wanted to go out to listen to some live jazz. Ive heard so much about the jazz showcase and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to see Rodger Glasper Trio. People came everywhere from out of town, south side, Wheaton and Highland Park. Show was sold out!! We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

I recommend going to enjoy a very good jazz concert. Very good music, excellent service! If someday we return to Chicago, we will repeat 👍🏻

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

The Jazz Showcase always presents the best jazz artists in the world and having the incredible drummer Winard Harper this past weekend was such a treat. The club should be on everyone's must visit list in Chicago. Joe and Wayne Segal have given us great music for decades and are the best in the business.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

First time visiting this place. It's off the beaten path. It was a good experience. The jazz band played 2 sets. The drummer, Winard Harper Quintet, out of New Jersey along with the pianist, trumpet, bongos and the saxophonist were all phenomenal. If you love Jazz and Winard happens to be in town go check him out!!! The Jazz Showcase... More 

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