SF Jazz Lives On

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San Francisco had great hometown musical groups before our 1960s rock bands became famous. Remember the club called Earthquake McGoon’s? A guy named Turk Murphy, who had been playing jazz trombone since the 1930s in the City, opened the club on Broadway in 1960. In 1964, the club moved to 630 Clay Street in the Financial District. It stayed there through 1979 when it moved to the Embarcadero and finally to Pier 39 for the last year it was open in 1983-84.
Here is Turk Murphy in 1973. He is the guy playing the trombone:

Jazz in the City is alive and well to this day. The 30th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival is currently happening through December 7. Dozens of artists will perform in a myriad of jazz styles in a selection of San Francisco venues. And if that isn’t exciting enough, a new still-being-built-permanent-home called the SF Jazz Center, a 35,000-square-foot building in Hayes Valley, including two theaters, rehearsal and practice spaces, and a café, opens on Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2013. This is about the building – http://www.sfjazz.org/center – and this – http://www.sfjazz.org/30th-anniversary-san-francisco-jazz-festival -lists the current performances.

Finally, the benefits of jazz as a health tip: If you are feeling a little slow and creaky with age today, I recommend the following clip of Pat Yankee, a jazz singer who performed with Turk Murphy and is still performing. The video is not the best, but you should get the idea. Here she is at her 85th birthday bash earlier this year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCidzJXAuqM

Best wishes,