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Jazz Showcase

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Address: 806 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60605-2002
Phone Number: +1 312-360-0234
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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Celebrating Christmas Break w/ co workers

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... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They only get the best here! and the crowd is absolutely great too! It is a fabulous cozy place that gets packed - and for good reason! They do some great shows here! Drinks are also not that expensive! All in all , great place to hang out. They have multiple times of the shows and of course price varies... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Jazz showcase has some of the best musicians in town. Parking lot right beside the club. Sundays at 4 is family time. Other days and times for adults. Great staff. Best to call ahead for a reservation. The place packs out. If you're hungry eat before you go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Had always wanted to listen to a live Jazz performance ... This did not disappoint. It was a riveting 90 minutes. Comfortable chairs and a select crowd, with subdued lighting.

Thank Thiagarajan G
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

A great venue. A great night of Jazz at a place with an awesome vibe. I would highly recommend for any lover of music. The venue serves drinks...no food....so plan ahead.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The Jazz Showcase has been operating in various places in Chicago since 1947, and its current location is the best one yet. The owner, Joe Segal, recently was given an NEA Jazz Master Award for his work in jazz over the past seven decades, and his son manages the place. The sight lines are terrific, the sound is great, and... More 

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

We reserved seating early and were given lots of great seating choices -even couches.If you love jazz or want to experience a world class jazz club-this is the place to go.It is a labor of love for the owners . An memorable night.Cant wait to go again.

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