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Days Gone By at the Jazz Showcase
A display of 15 of the thousands of show posters that have come from Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase for 68 years (so far). Hard to imagine that when I went there for the first time the summer I graduated high school in 1977, in its Happy Medium basement location on Rush Street, Segal had been doing this for 30 years already. Now the Showcase, through all its addresses, is pushing 70, and Joe will be 90 in April. Two of the acts I heard that summer are in these posters -- Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers (my first time at the Showcase and, really, at a jazz club, without parental accompaniment anyway), the group with Bobby Watson and David Schnitter; their current LP was Backgammon which I bought right from Blakey's hands after he assured me it was the same band I was hearing that night -- "Yeah, yeah, they're all on there," he said impatiently, and the following week, Ahmad Jamal's trio (his new LP was "One"). This was the display at the Showcase October 4, 2015, after the Sean Jones Quartet afternoon set.