Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, the venerable club owned and operated by Joe Segal for nearly 60 years, is losing its lease. It will be forced to move January 1, 2007. The Jazz Showcase has been located at 59 W. Grand Avenue in Chicago (just west of the Magnificent Mile) for the last 10 years. Its home for the previous 14 years was at the Blackstone Hotel on Michigan Avenue. A new home for the club hasn’t been announced yet. One hopes that Joe will keep the Jazz Showcase going–it is the second oldest jazz club in the United States (only the Village Vanguard in New York City is older). Virtually every major artist in jazz since the 1940s has played at the club.
Read this related story in the Chicago Tribune for more information.