San Francisco jazz presentation explores ‘Bop City and Beyond’

San Francisco’s rich post-World War II-era Fillmore district jazz history is the topic of a talk, “Bop City and Beyond,” by Peter Fitzsimmons at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at UCSF’s Laurel Heights Conference Center auditorium.

Fitzsimmons, executive director of the nonprofit Jazz Heritage Center, has a distinctly personal connection to the subject. His dad, trumpeter Allen F. Smith, often jammed until the wee hours of the morning, he says. “They called me Bop City Baby because my parents took me along. I’d go to jams in the afternoon and sessions all night — I was inundated with jazz from the time I was 3.”

His mother, Patricia Nacey, founded Friends of Jazz and was instrumental in the redevelopment of the Fillmore district.

Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis were among the greats who played in San Francisco clubs such as Bop City at the time. Fitzsimmons will tell stories about the period’s musical melting pot at the talk, which is presented by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society.

The program also includes historic photos and a jazz performance. The suggested donation is $5. The conference center is located at 3333 California St. For details, call (415) 775-1111, ext. 5 or visit www.sfhistory.org.

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