[JPL] San Francisco's Fillmore Jazz District Celebrates Reemergence

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Tue Feb 5 09:44:31 EST 2008


*San Francisco's Fillmore Jazz District Celebrates Reemergence with 
Multi-Venue, Culture and Entertainment-Filled Affair (Feb. 28, 2008) -- 
African and Japanese Americans Commemorate Shared Experiences of the 
1940s and 1950s *

/The San Francisco Housing Development Corporation will celebrate the 
reemergence of The Fillmore, and commemorate 20 years of service to 
helping minorities and low-income families achieve financial stability 
through homeownership. Included among the numerous notable participating 
San Francisco establishments are the Boom Boom Room, Fillmore 
Auditorium, Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center, Rasselas Jazz Club, Sheba 
Lounge, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Lush Life Gallery, Marcus Books and 
more. Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter Ledisi will headline the 
impressive array of local entertainment talent./

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 4, 2008 -- As so consummately 
described by Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts in "Harlem of the West: The 
San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era," the Fillmore District became the 
Harlem of San Francisco during World War II with the large migration of 
African Americans from the South. The Fillmore in the 1940's and 1950's 
was an eclectic, integrated, and hopping neighborhood dotted with 
restaurants, pool halls, theaters and shops -- many minority-owned and 
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 Fillmore and its musical legacy because it 
vanished abruptly and so thoroughly due to redevelopment in the 1960s.

On Thursday, February 28, 2008, the San Francisco Housing Development 
Corporation (SFHDC) will celebrate the reemergence of The Fillmore, and 
commemorate 20 years of service to helping minorities and low-income 
families achieve financial stability through homeownership. Taking part 
in the evening celebration are numerous notable San Francisco 
establishments such as the Boom Boom Room, Fillmore Auditorium. Fillmore 
Jazz Heritage Center, Rasselas Jazz Club, Sheba Lounge, Lorraine 
Hansberry Theatre, Lush Life Gallery and Marcus Books along with other 
local merchants and corporate sponsors to make this Black History Month 
Celebration a lively, memorable affair to help revive the neighborhood 
as the center of music and cultural diversity. SFHDC will also recognize 
outstanding individuals whose work and achievements have furthered 
community economic development and cultural diversity in San Francisco.

In reminiscence of 1940's and 50's Jazz icons like Charlie Parker, Ella 
Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Billy Holiday, guests will enjoy 
delectable foods, refreshing libations, fine art and culture. More than 
2,000 attendees are expected to stroll through the Fillmore Jazz 
District to network and socialize with Bay Area professional and 
corporate leaders, and learn about the important role the district has 
played in San Francisco history, while enjoying the soulful music of 
yesterday, today and tomorrow. All-inclusive VIP tickets are $150 
(includes exclusive VIP receptions; access to all participating event 
venues and performances including the Ledisi concert at the Fillmore 
Auditorium, complimentary cocktails, light faire, "Cultural Diversity in 
San Francisco" presentation and souvenir journal). Individual general 
admission is $100 (includes special cocktail discounts and access to all 
participating event venues and performances -- except the Ledisi concert 
at the Fillmore Auditorium. Purchase all tickets online at 
www.sfhdcevents.org <http://www.sfhdcevents.org>.

The Bay Area's own soulful Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter Ledisi 
will headline the impressive array of local entertainment talent that 
will also include Linda Tillery & the Heritage Choir performing their 
famed "Survival Music" (spirituals, work songs, field hollers and slave 
songs); winner of the 2005 Guitar Player of the Year Award, musical 
director and vocalist Alvon Johnson; soulful jazz and blues songstress 
Lady Memphis; sensational vibes aficionado Ricky Kelly, and the talented 
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Thespians performing captivating skits.

San Francisco's Japantown, one of only three remaining in the United 
States, dates from the great earthquake and fire of 1906, when the 
Japanese population united west of the fire line. Uprooted by World War 
II, the Japanese were replaced mostly by African-Americans, who brought 
their vibrant musical heritage with them. The area was one of the first 
to experience the dramatic changes of 1950's urban renewal programs -- 
which continue. In recent years the area has seen a wealth of Japanese 
architecture next to the classic Victorians and a rebirth of 
African-American culture in the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District.

To that end, the National Japanese American Historical Society and 
Japantown Task Force will actively support the Fillmore Jazz District 
celebration to commemorate the 1940's and 1950's when both the Japanese 
and African American communities shared the Western Addition before, and 
more specifically, after the World War II Japanese-American internment.

Washington Mutual, First Republic Bank, Citibank, Wells Fargo, Wachovia 
Bank, Bank of America, Comerica Bank, Comcast, Union Bank of California 
and Lotus Vodka are among the event's generous corporate sponsors. Media 
sponsors are Black Business Listings, CityFlight.com, Clear Channel 
Radio, KBLX 102.9, KKSF 103.7, PR, et Cetera, Inc. and Western Edition 
Newspaper.

About San Francisco Housing Development Corporation:

Since its inception in 1988, San Francisco Housing Development 
Corporation's (SFHDC) mission has been to foster stability in the city's 
African-American and immigrant communities through the development of 
affordable housing and the facilitation of home ownership.

More recently, SFHDC has expanded its scope to include the economic 
revitalization of underinvested, minority urban areas with the goal of 
creating quality neighborhood-serving retail businesses to ensure 
thriving, self-sustaining communities.

To date, SFHDC has developed hundreds of housing units valued at over 
$60 million in Southeast San Francisco and helped many families become 
first time homeowners through its on-going housing counseling program. 
7,000 square feet of commercial retail space is under development and a 
$3 million Equity Fund has been created to finance acquisition and 
commercial development along Third Street and in other low-income 
neighborhoods. www.SFHDC.org <http://www.SFHDC.org>

For information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, ticket 
sales, and more, please visit www.sfhdcevents.org 
<http://www.sfhdcevents.org> or call Kathleen Greely at 510.459.9493.

Event contact

Jonathon Speed | 415.652.7000

SFHDC Contact

Valerie Wiggins | 415.822.1022

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