10 Acts to Catch at the 35th San Francisco Jazz Festival (via SF Weekly)

San Francisco has a rich jazz history. A surge in blue-collar jobs on the docks in the 1940s saw a massive migration of African-Americans to San Francisco and, by 1950, more than 40,000 people lived in Fogtown, the Fillmore district that became known as the “Harlem of the West.”

The first jazz clubs opened in the Tenderloin and North Beach in the late 1940s and, by the mid-‘50s, more budding bar owners had followed suit, opening venues with names like Club Alabam, the New Orleans Swing Club, Elsie’s Breakfast Club, Harold Blackshear’s Cafe Society, The Favor, and the Havana Club.

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