Heritage Center celebrates Jazz Festival 

Peter Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of the Jazz Heritage Center, will be celebrating the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday on Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets.

When did you get involved in the jazz world? My dad was a prominent trumpet player in the Fillmore district during the 1950s. When I was a baby, he used to bring me to jam sessions at the Fog City Jazz club, so I would be up at the wee hours listening to local jazz icons. 

How have you helped revitalize the Fillmore district? Through the introduction of the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center, we have helped bring back some of the history of the jazz era. We have also created Yoshi’s restaurant, 80 new condominiums and a necessary public parking garage that have given the Fillmore the opportunity to develop.

The upcoming July 4 Fillmore Jazz Festival has been running for 26 years. Is it still growing? It’s is the largest festival in San Francisco in terms of square footage. The area has expanded to encompass almost the entire Fillmore district.

What do you want to see happen in the future of the Fillmore? Our long-term goal is to make the jazz preservation area a destination spot for tourists as a source of music, arts and history. 

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