Where to SeeJazz and Blues in San Francisco
Learn about San Francisco's Jazz and Blues history and check out all the best places to see it performed live today.
Much as the 1960s flower children fueled the San Francisco sound of rock and roll, the tens of thousands of African Americans who came to the Bay Area in the 1940s with the military to work in the shipyards amplified the audience for mainstream-modern jazz and, particularly, blues in all its forms. Clubs opened on Fillmore Street, where Jimbo's famous after-hours Bop City tea room, among other spots, flourished through the 1950s. These are just some of our favorite places to experience jazz and blues in San Francisco.