SAN FRANCISCO (CelebrityAccess) — Black Cat Jazz Supper Club announced plans to revive live jazz recordings in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district with the launch of its jazzUNLEASHED! Live Series.
The series will see Grammy-winning jazz trumpet player Keyon Harrold re-record his album “The Mugician” during four live recording sessions at the club, from March 18-21.
The recording sessions will be the first in sixty years for an area that was once renowned for producing recordings of live jazz. San Fran’s Tenderloin and its club scene used to be a popular destination for jazz, with greats such as Miles Davis recording his first live album “In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk” in the Tenderloin in 1961.
However, just two years later, the Tenderloin’s landscape underwent a rapid change that saw many of the jazz clubs in the district fold, including The Blackhawk, which was demolished to make way for a parking lot.
“I wanted Black Cat to be a beacon in this historic jazz district. It could exist only here. We’re bringing cutting-edge jazz back to the Tenderloin, featuring some of the most of-the-moment young global artists who are redefining jazz for this generation, as Miles and others did for their generation,” said Black Cat founder Fritz Quattlebaum, who is grateful for the City’s help in making this vision a reality.
“Throughout the City’s history, San Francisco’s vibrant nightlife industry has provided vital spaces for neighbors and visitors to share in artistic and cultural expression. In bringing jazz back to the Tenderloin, Fritz and his team at Black Cat are drawing new audiences to the neighborhood, inspiring the jazz community, and positioning Black Cat as a premier platform for aspiring jazz musicians from the neighborhood and around the world,” added Joaquín Torres, Director of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development.