Founder of the Jazz Showcase | 1947–57
Roosevelt Graduation on 12/13/13. Photos by Nathan Mandell.
The live music sessions that Joe Segal hosted as a Roosevelt student became the Jazz Showcase, the oldest jazz club in Chicago.
After serving in World War II, Joe Segal came to Roosevelt and took over the jazz club. Through his connections in the Chicago music scene, he brought in popular local and touring artists like Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker. Today the Showcase continues to present music seven days a week — including performances from CCPA jazz students.