A Howard Reich story in Sunday’s Tribune reported on the return of the venerable Jazz Showcase, which closed at the end of 2006 after losing its lease at its Grand Avenue location. The piece said the club hoped to reopen on Thursday at its new Printers Row digs (809 S. Plymouth Court, in the Dearborn Station building), and now it’s official: Joe Segal’s bebop temple returns with an engagement by pianist Junior Mance that starts on June 12. Music is already booked through July, including stints by Charles McPherson (7/3-6), Eric Alexander (7/10-13), and John Abercrombie (7/18-20).
Mariana Baltar, Uma Dama Também Quer Se Divertir (Zambo)
Shweta Jhaveri, Anahita (Intuition)
Islaja, Ulual YYY (Fonal)
Ranking Joe, Zion High (Blood and Fire)
Cheer-Accident, Variations on a Goddamn Old Man (Pravda)