Joe Segal On Being a "Jazz Enabler"

JOE SEGAL: A JAZZ ENABLER [1:29]

RUFFIN: Now, A Jazz Moment

when we think about jazz, we tend to think of dave brubeck, ahmad jamal, lady day—the MUSICIANS on stage. but out of the spotlight are the club owners and presenters OF THE MUSIC….LIKE 2015 NEA JAZZ MASTER joe segal.

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SEGAL: Sure, I wanted to play trombone. Everybody wanted to play like Tommy Dorsey. Tried piano, nothing.  Too difficult.  So I became an instigator instead. An enabler, so to speak.

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RUFFIN: SEGAL’S URGE TO “ENABLE” LIVE JAZZ STARTED WHEN HE WAS A STUDENT AT ROOSEVELT COLLEGE IN CHICAGO.

SEGAL: They had a club that used to listen to records and talk about it. They never did any live music. When I saw this guy comin' down the hall and that guy: ‘Hey, you want to play?’ There were a lot of young musicians there in the music school, such as Richard Davis and Andrew Hill. And Lee Konitz who’s still going strong. We started to have sessions there as there were afternoon dances. Yeah, they wanted to play.

THIS jazz MOMENT WITH JAZZ ADVOCATE joe segal WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

Excerpt of “Daahoud” composed by Clifford Brown and performed by Ahmad Jamal from the album Chicago Revisited: Ahmad Jamal Live at Joe Segal’s Showcase, used courtesy of Telarc Jazz and by permission of you look good music publishing, second floor music and rockland music (bmi).