Free Blackhawk Jazz Concert at Tenderloin Museum

by on March 17, 2016

On March 17th  the Tenderloin Museum hosts a free celebration of the Blackhawk Jazz Club featuring Jazz in the Neighborhood and the Community Music Center. It’s a great chance to connect to one of the legendary venues of the historic Tenderloin.

Located at the corner of Hyde and Turk Streets, the world’s best jazz musicians performed at the Blackhawk from 1949 – 1963. The club’s legacy lives in live recordings made by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Cal Tjader, Thelonious Monk and Ahmad Jamal, among others. Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, the Modern Jazz Quartet and other legends played on its stage.

I describe the Blackhawk’s legacy, along with City Hall’s efforts to close it down, in my book on the Tenderloin. You can also hear music recorded there and see exhibits on the Blackhawk at the Tenderloin Museum.

Opening the show is a youth jazz band from the Community Music Center under the mentorship of Marcus Shelby from Jazz in the Neighborhood. They’ll be followed by a trio performance by world-class jazz musicians, Marcus Shelby on bass, Dillon Vado on vibes, and Ila Cantor on guitar.

Jazz in the Neighborhood brings Bay Area jazz innovators and developing players together to share the joy of improvised music and build community around live performances. its programs connect professional musicians with students and big band players of all ages, for mentoring in the classroom and on the bandstand. Jazz in the Neighborhood, a nonprofit project with fiscal sponsorship through Intersection for the Arts, supplements salaries and supports local venues to help dedicated artists make a living wage.

The event begins at 6:30 pm. The Tenderloin Museum is located at 398 Eddy St (@ Leavenworth).

You can RSVP, here. Admission is free, with donations encouraged.

Randy Shaw is Editor of Beyond Chron and author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco.

Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw's latest book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. He is the author of four prior books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. He is also the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

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