150 Years of Jazz - Liberty Music
Once Africans arrived on the American continent their skills took over their instincts. Living in abundance in the motherland, there had been no shortage in what resources an African could draw from. As seamen, from the outset of humanity, these men of the earth were ample in their one with natural elements. As whalers, as mariners , as frontiersmen and women, as bull dogging bronco bustin' herders and wranglers, as trackers, as scouts and as domestic diplomats. Anything necessary to bring civilized conditions that could include educators, barbers, minister, shamans and voodoo queens. Rendering of Alexander Leidesdorf's Hotel at Kearny and Clay. Mid 1800s
September 26, 2021
Don't Fear Me
Kaiden Patterson is here! And, makes a statement for the ages to absorb, consider and take seriously. Written by Aisha Smith Sponsored by the Joseph and Susie Smith Family Traditions.
March 11, 2021
Bunny Simon Remembers Fillmore
Bunny Simon Receives Award for Blues Impresario from 'West Coast Blues Hall of Fame' Bunny Simon made a lasting impression in San Francisco. As a civil rights activist he marched along side Martin Luther King, Jr. As an entrepreneur he owned 8 successful nightclubs including the celebrated and popular Playpen on Divisadero St. For 25 years Bunny entertained the area with famed talent. Known far and wide as one of the most ingenious business men to have operated inside the Western Addition. And, while 1 of 16 children he is also noted for raising a large and proud family of his own. PFC invites you to listen to this old school radio interview for a bit of insight into a few of Bunny's magic moments shared with JJ Parson- GM, Announcer of the deeply regarded KPOO community radio station in San Francisco. Bunny Simon passed away July 20, 2019. His remarkable legacy will remain forever. This is a salute.
March 8, 2021
Character in the Community Harlem of the West The Fillmore.- Part 4 It is what it is. But it is not the Fillmore we once knew. Still, we are taking time to build anew. We will always remember The 'MO'. If you forget, just come right back here and tune right back in to the warmth, vitality and infinite possibilities the Fillmore offered at the crossroads of the Golden Gate. This is the center of the evolution of the planet and the new world order. "Just let it do what it do and be thankful it does what it does".
March 8, 2021
THE 'MO' - Let The Good Times Roll
Harlem of the West - Photograph by David Johnson Once upon a time there was a place created just so the people could begin to live in a harmonious world of opportunity. A fun filled valley of music, dance and spiritual growth. It was called The Fillmore. The 'Mo'. For years it was driven by goodwill, energy, creativity and the strong work ethic of the people of color who lived there. They had come from another land, filled with danger just to live, work, raise and educate their children. For the longest time that was not the case in the valley of Fillmore 1940s/50s.
March 8, 2021
Harlem of the West - Lewis Watts - The Fillmore
In the first of a four part series, Lewis Watts shares with the listeners his and co-author Elizabeth Pepin Silva's journey in bringing about the nearly 250 page beautifully illustrated book "Harlem of the West". The fastidiously researched document itself, brought forward to the public in aesthetically pleasing reproductions of original photography and inspirationally gathered personal oral histories, is a 'slice of life' in San Francisco's "magical" 1940s through 1960s Fillmore neighborhood. Elegantly designed, we are introduced to an exciting contrast in lifestyle of previous decades, and given an insight into what it took to assemble this worthy treatment of a fascinating, all but forgotten, 30 year era of high life culture that vanished virtually overnight. "Harlem of the West" is fantastic. A 'MUST HAVE' for anyone who may ever had heard of The Fillmore, now or then. Lance Burton
March 8, 2021
Harlem of the West - Elizabeth Pepin Silva - The Journey
The Fillmore was one of the few neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area where people of color, particularly Black people, could go for entertainment in the 1940s and 50s. Like many of the 'cities of industry' where Blacks migrated for work as WWII began, Fillmore was the place where one could find the pulsating sounds that drove people to return night after night to hear the best live jazz and blues music the country could offer. In this episode, we listen to Elizabeth Pepin Silva describe her journey to find out what happened and why it happened that The Fillmore is "No Mo". In doing so, she learns and tells about some of the greats that made the Fillmore Corridor swing. As virtually every great musician of the day came to play at clubs and dance halls that lined the neighborhood. If you've heard the names of the greats...you can bet, they played the clubs of the Fillmore. The journey is titled "Harlem of the West - The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era" and is available in Bookstores. This is the 2nd of a 4 part episodic series featured here on The Planet Fillmore Orbit.. You'll find Part 1 also here on the roster. Lewis Watts is the co-author of the book and is highlighted in episode one. Continue to follow the pattern and find episodes 3 & 4, standing by for your listening entertainment. Lance Burton
March 8, 2021
Buddy Bean's Weekend on Fillmore - 1950
A peek at a moment in time as the growing urban culture that began in Harlem, NY during the early 1900s made its way, right along with African Americans, through port city after industrial city. Bringing along the burgeoning culture of song, dance, poetry and literature to inspire stage and screen writers and authors to flourish in the streets and gatherings of the urban environment. This is a reminiscent glide through a monumental period in the Fillmore of San Francisco during the 40s through 60s. A pivotal evolving moment in our country's cultural and social maturity happened here. An historic Port City with a shining light on the hill and a beckoning valley of magical mist, when any challenge could be overcome. Sit back and let Buddy Bean paint the picture. Why Buddy Bean? Buddy Bean walked out of slavery and found his way from turpentine camps in east Texas along railway construction; Stevedoring along the rivers from the gulf around the Caribbean and back in time to be denied a US Naval general assignment as wood ships became steam and America's Navy offered black sailors nothing more than mess duty, Buddy would rather walk the path from Memphis to Pittsburgh and work in the Ohio valley as a coal packer than Porter for the 1898 "equal but separate" Navy. He surfaced in the first World War and saw duty in the French Foreign Legion where recognized as a man of honor and principle for the values and ferocity which he brought to the fight. A fight that wasn't his, but made it so in the name of truth and justice. As the War ended, Buddy remained on French soil and soaked up the eagerness of the French people around Montmartre to feel the rising popular culture, as jazz from Harlem and New Orleans became all the rage in France. Buddy, and his Black musicians brothers, many from Harlem, richly rewarded to taste the sweet flower of appreciation. Still the experience left him sober to conquer that which was home. Working a merchant ship, steamed west back to the Americas. In time to find the folly of the great Gatsby had left much the United States under a great depression. For Buddy, there were plenty of ways a brother with a little life under his belt could fine a way to make a living. And he did. Buddy, now nearly 70 years in, would counsel generals and admirals through the 2nd World War. Go on to continue living a life with purpose on into another 70 years of life. Much of that life playing a harmonica to speak his natural born truth in burgeoning urban neighborhoods such as Beale Street in Memphis, the Hill district in Pittsburgh, the South Side in Chicago, Tremé and Congo Square in New Orleans out west in Seattle, Los Angeles and finally ending up in San Francisco's Fillmore of the 1940s through 1960s. Last heard, Buddy had opened a pie shop in Ghana. Specializing in Bean pies. Makes me hungry and thirsty for life just thinking about it. Lance Burton
March 8, 2021
Nguzo Saba, Every Day
Nguzo Saba, Swahili for 7 Principles. The Nguzo Saba song is a tribute used to bring light to those 7 principles, as we celebrate Kwanzaa. This version is produced for The Village Project, of San Francisco. With music accompaniment inspired from the album "Dis Is da Drum" The song is "Rubber Soul" by Herbie Hancock and his fellow musicians: Darrell Robertson, Darrell Smith, Will Griffin and Bill Summers. The collaborative creation born out of an inspiration to complete the celebration of culture in the African spirit imbued within Black Americans. To enlighten those seeking the true nature of their worth and value as a people. A roadmap building a spirited community within a complex set of modern challenges. An awakening to children of decades beyond Civil Rights. A guidepost for family spiritual enrichment. Historically bringing home the first harvest. Words to the song were re-formed in 1990 by Brotha Clint Sockwell from earlier writings of a period in 1966 as Kwanzaa sprang from the vision of Maulana Karenga, an African-American professor of Africana studies, activist and author, best known as the creator of this Pan-African / African-American inclusive holiday. Kwanzaa is celebrated during the last calendar days of each year. It is highlighted by 7 principle building blocks. These words, spoken in Swahili, are reflective of a strong, essential, highly reasoned lasting community aspiration; Nguzo Saba. Umoja; Unity. Kujichacalia; Self-Determination. Ujima; Collective Work and Responsibility. Ujamaa; Cooperative Economics. Nia; Purpose. Kuumba; Creativity. Imani; Faith. Kwanzaa means "first". The word signifies the first fruits of the harvest. Habari Gani means - what is the word of the day? Kwanzaa is an inclusive holiday. Join us. Writer, Producer, Performance - Brotha Clint Sockwell Executive Producer - Adrian Williams Editor - Kali O Ray Your host - Lance Burton Visit www.thevillageprojectsf.org
November 19, 2020