Greg Pasenko is apparently a glutton for punishment. Running Blujazz, an indie jazz record label and promotion company for over 10 years, he’s seen how the record industry has been turned upside down by a variety of factors. He’s also a working jazz musician, another profession that is not known for its lucrative revenue streams. Now, he and business partner, spouse and fellow musician Diane Delin are expanding their operation further by opening a nightclub called, of course, Club Blujazz.
The club opened in March of 2010 at 1540 W. North Avenue in Chicago. Among the artists who have already performed at Club Blujazz are Fred Hersch, Moutin Reunion Quartet, Mike Melvoin, Ingrid Jensen and Bruce Forman. Pasenko says that the club will continue to feature mainstream jazz artists, both local and national.