Fifty Years of San Francisco Jazz, 1916-66

GENINT 741.503

Osher (50+). In this course, we explore how jazz evolved in San Francisco from 1916-1966.


About this course:

Music and entertainment in San Francisco have long reflected its gold rush origins—embracing individuality, titillating novelty and innovation. In this course, we explore early jazz in the red-light district of the Barbary Coast before 1920 and its revival by traditional jazz during World War II; the social and ethnic dynamics shaping The Fillmore district, known as “Harlem of the West;” and Asian performers in ethnic nightclubs. Each media-intensive class offers a dozen or more audiovisual clips.This course will be recorded. Students will have access to videos for the duration of the course.

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