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Chicago's Jazz Showcase Founder Joe Segal to receive honorary doctorate

Posted: 12/11/2013
Joe Segal, founder of Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Roosevelt University, on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago.

A Roosevelt student between 1947 and 1957, Segal, 87, began presenting jazz shows for the enjoyment of all Chicagoans beginning in 1947, and his jam sessions at Roosevelt were known to feature such legendary musicians as Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and many others.
“Joe Segal, because of his decades-long dedication to the preservation and promotion of jazz in American culture, is a cultural icon in his own right,” said Roosevelt University President Chuck Middleton.  “His career and life at the Jazz Showcase embody the traditions of Roosevelt University in every way.”

Segal will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, during the University’s Commencement ceremony for about 450 students.  He also will continue to host free performances by singers and musicians in Roosevelt’s jazz program at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court, during Spring 2014.

The upcoming schedule includes performances by: Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) Bebop and Avant Garde Combos and a Faculty Jam Session at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 3; the CCPA Motown and Brazilian Combos at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 24; the CCPA Vocal Jazz Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25; the CCPA Large Jazz and Latin Jazz Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31; the CCPA New Deal Vocal Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 1; and the CCPA JazzFest from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

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