Wednesday, July 27

North Beach History: When Bebop Filled The Night

Frank Phipps plays bass trumpet at The Cellar, c. 1959.
"... In 1951, while I was a high-school student, my girlfriend and I would make trips from Berkeley to the corner of Turk and Hyde streets in the Tenderloin. Here, at the legendary jazz club, The Black Hawk, we would be ensconced behind a chicken-wire barrier that separated underage patrons from their hipster elders. It was from this 'cage’' that we would 'dig' the energizing sounds of Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan and other jazz greats. ..."
W - North Beach, San Francisco
PBS: Music of the Fillmore