Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era



Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz EraBillie Holiday Singing At The New Orleans Swing Club Dexter Gordon Hanging Out At Bop City Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane All Swinging Through Town For Gigs Sound Like A Nostalgic Snapshot From The New York Jazz Scene, Or Perhaps New Orleans Nope This Particular Sentimental Journey Describes San Francisco S Fill District In Its Heyday The Fill In The S And S Was An Eclectic, Integrated, And Hopping Neighborhood Dotted With Restaurants, Pool Halls, Theaters, And Shopsmany Minority Ownedand Boasting Two Dozen Active Nightclubs And Music Joints Within Its One Square Mile Although It Has Been Commemorated In Songs, Poems, And In Maya Angelou S I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Few People Today Know Of The Rich History Of The Fill And Its Musical Legacy Because It Vanished Abruptly And So Thoroughly Due To Redevelopment In The S Through Dozens Of Archival Photographs And Oral Accounts From The Neighborhood Residents And Musicians Who Experienced It At Its Height, Harlem Of The West Celebrates This Unique And Rediscovered Chapter In Jazz History And The African American Experience On The West Coast

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  • Paperback
  • 191 pages
  • Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era
  • Elizabeth Pepin
  • English
  • 24 October 2019
  • 0811845486

10 thoughts on “Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era

  1. Gabrielle says:

    I was seven when my stepfather brought me and my pregnant mom from New Orleans to the Fill District of San Francisco what Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts calls the Harlem of the West It s all gone now, its worn Victorians nearly all bulldozed, but this book has brought it all back to me, and to my stepfather I sent him a copy He spent his teenage years in San Francisco among his uncles and aunts who left the South for jobs in war industries in the West during the 1940s They settled in ar I was seven when my stepfather brought me and my pregnant mom from New Orleans to the Fill District of San Francisco what Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts calls the Harlem of the West It s all gone now, its worn Victorians nearly all bulldozed, but this book has brought it all back to me, and to my stepfather I sent him a copy He spent his teenage years in San Francisco among his uncles and aunts who left the South for jobs in war industries in the West during the 1940s They settled in areas newly vacated by Japanese Americans who were sent to concentration camps, and where Jews, first generation immigrants, Latinos, and other Asians congregated in what was later termed a mini United Nations Many blacks who moved to San Francisco also formed their own businesses to serve the black community, as San Francisco was still strictly segregated This included not only barbershops and dry cleaning establishments, pool halls, theatres and stores, but jazz clubs, bars and restaurants where you could see Billie Holiday at the Champagne Supper Club Dexter Gordon hanging out at Bop City Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Chet Baker and John Coltrane all dropping in for jam sessions Whites were inevitably drawn into the community to take in the atmosphere It was a swinging, joyous, integrated place to be, whether in the clubs my parents frequented, or in the schoolyards where I saw that there were other little people of different races like me Some two decades in the making, Pepin and Watts were able to interview the surviving witnesses both residents and musicians of that era Some were also minority photographers who provided pictures never seen before Few people remain who knew the Fill before it was destroyed even those of the Sixties generation who canreadily recognize the Fill Auditorium which was owned by a black businessman before Bill Graham took it over But Harlem of the West The San Francisco Fill Jazz Era cracks open a door on what was indeed a uniquechapter in jazz history and the African American experience on the West Coast

  2. Paul says:

    What a wonderful history of SF jazz of the 1940s to late 50s and early 60s, filled with photos of clubs like the Texas Playhouse and Bop City and the musicians who played in them The Fill District was filled with such clubs, all lost when Geary Street was widened and a misguided Urban Development plan remade the area.

  3. Rockin*cat says:

    Great history of SF And great tons photos

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