During the musical heyday of San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the 40s and 50s, the area was known as the “Harlem of the West”.
It was a swinging place where you could leave your house on Friday night and jump from club to party to bar until the small hours of Monday morning.
The black-owned businesses boomed and the jazz was jumping. Great musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, John Handy and Ella Fitzgerald found a sense of belonging in the area.
But then the neighbourhood was targeted by city planners for urban renewal – where bulldozers reduced its soul to rubble, where a music scene came crashing down.
Jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown Jnr took a look beneath the new apartment buildings and hip, gentrified restaurants of today to see the soul of a community that once had music at its core.
BBC Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’
60 minute documentary
“An innovative programme which uses music to tell a story of the global issue of gentrification.”
John Waite, Presenter, BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week