How Chicago’s Joe Segal has kept jazz alive (via WGNTV)

Full Title: How Chicago’s Joe Segal has kept jazz alive without ever touching an instrument (via WGNTV)

We’re coming up on one of the great weekends in American jazz. Chicago’s annual Jazz Fest starts Thursday.

It’s a tradition that after the artists perform at Millennium Park, they head to a downtown jazz joint to jam some more. The best in the business go to pay homage to Chicagoan Joe Segal — a man who never played an instrument in his life, but is instrumental in the success of American jazz.

Since 1947, the greatest names in jazz all came to Chicago to play at Joe Segal’s club. The Chicago Jazz Showcase. Segal has outlived a lot of his jazz heroes. At 89, he’s now a hero to the jazz world.

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