Elizabeth Pepin Silva & Lewis Watts (Harlem of the West) at Mechanics’ Institute

Thursday Feb 13 2020   6:30 PM
Mechanics' Institute--4th floor meeting room  57 Post St, San Francisco, CA  map

Cosponsored by Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

Black History Month Event

In the 1940s and 50s, a jazz aficionado could find paradise in the nightclubs of San Francisco’s Fillmore District: Billie Holiday sang at the Champagne Supper Club; Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon jammed with the house band at Bop City. The Fillmore was one of the few neighborhoods in the Bay Area where people of color could go for entertainment. In 220 lovingly restored images and oral accounts from residents and musicians, Harlem of the West captures a joyful, exciting time in San Francisco, and reveals a momentous part of the country’s African American musical heritage.

Special Jazz performance with Sam Peoples (son of Fillmore musician Sammy Peoples) on keyboard and Jacore Baptiste on electric guitar.

Register now by using the form on the Mechanics’ Institute website or by calling 415-393-0101.

More information here: https://www.milibrary.org/events/harlem-west-san-francisco-fillmore-jazz-era-feb-13-2020

Lewis Watts is a photographer, archivist, and professor emeritus of art at UC Santa Cruz with a longstanding interest in the cultural landscape of the African diaspora in the Bay Area and internationally.
Elizabeth Pepin Silva is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer, writer, and former day manager of the historic Fillmore Auditorium. She holds a degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.