Menu, Cafe Society Presents Purveyor's Night, Jazz, San Francisco

By: (Blackshear, Harold)

Price: $500.00

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Single fold menu with stiff blue wraps and gilt titles, dated January 29, 1948. Almost no wear. Rare ephemeral piece from a failed attempt to transform one of the first San Francisco Black Jazz "dives" – Blackshear’s Supper Club on Fillmore Street – into an upscale Jazz club Blackshear, a Monterey and San Francisco native, one of the first Black prizefighters to win a heavyweight title – had opened his first Club after the War on the premises of a popular Black “Breakfast Nook” in the basement of a rundown Fillmore movie theater. He had attracted some fine Jazz talent, but the Club was failing financially when he secured some unknown financial backers – the “purveyors” who dined that night on Turtle Soup in Sherry, Lobster Thermidor and Filet Mignon. – for the more “upscale” venue which closed within the year. This seems to be the same establishment where Billie Holiday was arrested on a possibly bogus drug charge in 1949 when the Club was run by Joe Tenner. Rare. WorldCat lists no other copy of this or any other imprint of the Club – which folded a year or so after opening. Interesting ephemeral piece for African-American, jazz and sports interest. The photo of Harold Blackshear is for reference only and is not included with the menu. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 4 pages

Title: Menu, Cafe Society Presents Purveyor's Night, Jazz, San Francisco

Author Name: (Blackshear, Harold)

Categories: African - American,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: San Francisco, Cafe Society: 1948

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 16121

Keywords: African - American Black Negro Jazz Music Billie Holiday San Francisco California Sports