[JPL] Old S.F. Jazz Clubs

Derrick Lucas derrick at jazz901.org
Fri May 29 08:49:43 EDT 2009

great article about classic San Francisco jazz clubs from the The Chronicle

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From: Derrick <derrick.lucas at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, May 29, 2009 at 8:40 AM
Subject: SFGate: Old S.F. jazz clubs drew music greats, sleaze
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The original article can be found on SFGate.com here:
Friday, May 29, 2009 (SF Chronicle)
Old S.F. jazz clubs drew music greats, sleaze
David Rubien, Chronicle Staff Writer

  When jazz was thriving in San Francisco during the post-war years, with
clubs like Jimbo's Bop City, the Black Hawk, the Jazz Workshop, the Jazz
Cellar, the Keystone Korner, El Matador, and the Both/And showcasing
everyone from Duke to 'Trane to Ella to Miles, The Chronicle devoted a lot
of space to covering the scene.
  Even with dedicated scribes like Ralph Gleason, John Wasserman, Phil
Elwood and Conrad Silvert on the case, though, jazz coverage could never
be confused with classical music or opera criticism. A trip through the
archives reveals that sleaze and disrepute were never too far from
America's greatest contribution to world culture - at least as manifested
in the city back in the day. The Black Hawk
  The most durable and famous jazz club probably was the Black Hawk. But it
was a dive. Here's a slice from an article circa 1959:

  "On the corner of Turk and Hyde streets, at the edge of San Francisco's
Tenderloin and just a wiggle away from the city's sleaziest strip joints,
slumps a scabrous nightclub called the Black Hawk. Its dim doorway belches
noise and stale cigarette smoke." The club got into trouble with police
for keeping a roped-off section for teenagers, and closed in 1963. Satchmo
at the Hangover
  The Club Hangover, at 729 Bush St., was shut down for 15 days in 1957,
accused of refilling liquor bottles. Yet, in January 1951, the club went
to bat for ailing clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, when Louis Armstrong and
his band (including trombonist Jack Teagarden, clarinetist Barney Bigard
and bassist Arvell Shaw) played a benefit to a packed house. Jazz to skin
  When the jazz wasn't bringing in sufficient bucks, a couple of North Beach
clubs made the transition to skin - with the famously buoyant Carol Doda
making the move seem almost classy. This was the case with the Off
Broadway, which played host to luminaries including Stan Kenton, Trini
Lopez and Lenny Bruce, and the Club Mocambo, where giants like Woody
Herman, Cal Tjader and Kenton thundered onstage. Playing for causes
  Clubs also could play a role in the political controversies of the day. In
1964, Earthquake McGoon's, at 630 Clay St., hosted a benefit for the
California Association to Preserve Bodega Head and Harbor, which was
battling PG&E's plans to build "an atomic plant on an earthquake site."
Trad-jazz singer/trumpeter Lu Watters sat in with Turk Murphy's band for
the gig.

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