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SAN FRANCISCO– Celebrate the Harlem of the West SF Project

October 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

SAN FRANCISCO– LITQUAKE: Harlem of the West: San Francisco’s Jazzy Fillmore

Billie 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. San Francisco’s Fillmore District was once an eclectic, integrated, and hopping neighborhood dotted with restaurants, pool halls, theaters, and two dozen nightclubs and music joints, before vanishing abruptly from redevelopment in the 1960s.

Celebrate this unique and rediscovered chapter in jazz history with Harlem of the West​: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era co-author Elizabeth Pepin Silva and special guest musicians from the era who were interviewed for the book. The group will read exerpts from the book’s ​recently expanded edition.​ There will also be a musical performance during the reading.

The Harlem of the West SF Project is a book, website and photographic exhibit that celebrates the bustling Fillmore jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s, a period when the Fillmore was a vibrant neighborhood of more than two dozen nightclubs and music venues within its one square mile—all of which virtually vanished due to redevelopment in the 1960s. The project celebrates a unique and rediscovered chapter in jazz history and the African American experience on the West Coast.

  • Thursday, October 12, Doors 6pm, Show 7-9pm
    Docs Lab, 124 Columbus Avenue, SF
  • http://www.docslabsf.com

Talk, reading, musical performance and book signing.
In conjunction with LitQuake

 The new www.harlemofthewestsf.com website is live!

Contact person:

Elizabeth Pepin Silva, Harlem of the West SF Project, otwfront@gmail.com, 805-272-8453

Harlem of the West SF Project was supported by California Humanities’ Community Stories grant. To learn more about this past grant, visit our webpage HERE.


October 12, 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Docs Lab
124 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA United States
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• http://www.docslabsf.com