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The Jazz Heritage Center promotes jazz by presenting its history and celebrating its presence as a living art form through a variety of educational programs targeted to Bay Area youth and young adults.
At the crossroads of one of the most culturally significant neighborhoods in San Francisco's rich history, the Jazz Heritage Center is a beacon for the many diverse generations that have called the Fillmore District home over the past century and certainly to those that reside there now. Paying homage to its Harlem of the West heyday, the Jazz Heritage Center seeks to preserve, celebrate and cherish the Fillmore District's rich jazz heritage while inspiring a new generation of fans, musicians, revitalizing interest and buzz in the area and fostering new relationships with other jazz organizations throughout the nation.
Since coming bursting on to the scene in 2007, the Jazz Heritage Center has secured a position among leading jazz institutions with a steady line up of blockbuster cultural exhibitions in its Koret Heritage Lobby including Harlem of the West and Jam Session: A Salute to America's Jazz Ambassadors. The Jazz Heritage Center has also organized stellar performances with jazz legends including pianist Randy Weston, Frank Jackson, F. Allen Smith, Denise Perrier, and Larry Butler, fundraising events with Carlos Santana, actor Danny Glover, author Cecil Brown, San Francisco 49er Eric Wright.
One of the core goals of the Jazz Heritage Center is reaching out and working with the San Francisco community. Over the past two years, the JHC has had the opportunity to introduce jazz, jazz musicians, art, history and culture to the San Francisco Public School District, Town Hall and the Bay Area's Coro Center for Civic Leadership. From free jazz concerts on Sundays or a screening of The Legend of Bop City on Father's Day to reading books to kids as part of Mo' Magic's Summer Reading Program or even providing a meeting place for the California Jazz Foundation to meet once a week, the Jazz Heritage Center is a thriving cultural hub with something for everyone.
The Jazz Heritage Center has some exciting programs it will be unveiling in the very near future. With the recent grand opening of its Media and Education Center this past May, the Jazz Heritage Center is poised to provide an unprecedented level of jazz programming, films, lectures and events to the Bay Area. We will be announcing some key partnerships with Yoshi's San Francisco that are sure to pack the house. Other ways the Jazz Heritage Center seeks to promote jazz awareness throughout the community is by sponsoring a jazz talent search for children and young adults; creating a curriculum and providing music instructors for kids to learn an instrument; collaborating jazz bands for kids and promoting jazz competitions.
By creating a renewed interest in the art form known as jazz, the Jazz Heritage Center partners with the Jazz Preservations District in attracting new visitors to what is one of San Francisco's most cherished and historic neighborhoods and heart of the city.
- Peter Fitzsimmons
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