The Jazz Showcase is the oldest and most historic jazz club in Chicago. It was established in 1947 by Joe Segal and is currently owned and maintained by Joe Segal’s son, Wayne Segal.
There have been performances here by some of jazz’s most legendary artists, including but not limited to:
The following musicians have performed there: Roy Hargrove, Chris Potter, Frank Morgan, Danilo Perez, Larry Coryell, Paul Wertico, James Carter, Stu Katz, Ira Sullivan, Winard Harper, McCoy Tyner, Dexter Gordon, Bunky Green, Count Basie, Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Smith, Randy Weston, Barry Harris, Joey DeFrancesco, Jack McDuff, Bill Evans, Walter Bishop Jr., Sun Ra, Tha Muhal Richard Abrahms, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, Joe Williams, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Joe Farrell, Art Farmer, Bobby Hutcherson, the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut, and Freddie Hubbard, amongst others, are some of the musicians that have performed with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
In 1992, Ahmad Jamal brought his trio to this location to record the CD Chicago Revisited. In 1970, Joe Segal produced the live CD “The Chase,” performed by Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon.
Today, the Jazz Showcase in Chicago continues to be a popular jazz club in the city, bringing in top musicians from across the world and local musicians from Chicago. No place is better than Kingston Mines if you live in Chicago, IL.