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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.238.9200

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COMMUNITY ITSELF hails Yoshi’s Jazz Club as Fillmore restoration
by Pat Murphy
San Francisco Sentinel

The Fillmore community itself, oldtimers and new blood, last night hailed opening of Yoshi’s Jazz Club San Francisco as Fillmore restoration.

Drawing national jazz acts to San Francisco once again, the 422-seat beacon opened amidst long memories undead and hurrahs of look what we have done!

Recognition of San Francisco’s Fillmore Street as a jazz world capitol began to wane due to economic hard times followed almost immediately by Redevelopment Agency eminent domain land acquisition creating a diaspora of San Francisco making.

Those who fought for so many decades to retore the Fillmo were first mentioned.

Present day Redevelopment Commissioner London Breed paid homage to the late Mary Helen Rogers, an early Fillmore restoration champion.

Community icon Leroy King, a San Francisco Redevelopment Commissioner since 1980 and commission colleague London Breed both recalled the impact and legacy of the life of Mary Helen Rogers.

“I want to take this opportunity to just make sure that we remember Mary Helen Rogers,” Breed told the crowd.

“Because of her commitment to this community this is possible.

“She worked her entire life fighting for the Western Addition, and one of the things she said to me was, ‘Make sure that Parcel 732A gets completed.

“She was in the hospital when she told me this and I told her, ‘Miss Rogers, I promise I will be there, I will support it,’ and now this is the final frontier.

“So Miss Rogers — I know she’s watching — thank you.”

Commissioner King rememebered Rogers’ advice.

“This is one area she told me that you had to make sure got developed,” King smiled.

“And I think I look at Yoshi tonight and this is one thing I’m proud of.”

yoshis-12.jpg Namesake Yoshi Aikiba seen at left with Kaz Kajimura who together opened the original Yoshi’s in North Berkeley with friend Hiroyuki Hori. The original North-Berkeley, 25-seat restaurant quickly became successful and by 1977 the three partners moved to a larger space on Claremont Avenue in Oakland and began introducing live music in their restaurant. Over the next 20 years, Yoshi’s built itself into one of the world’s most respected jazz venues and won a reputation as the Bay Area’s premier location for people who were looking for great food and the best jazz. Yoshi’s has hosted legendary jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr. and Oscar Peterson among hundreds of others. Today, Joshi’s Jazz Club San Francisco is a 420-seat venue.

“This area when I first came on (the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency) there was a bunch of land, a municipal garden, and everything else.

“Since then we’ve this thing develop and I want to thank people like Belva Davis that helped us make this thing a success.

“This is one of the proudest evenings for myself and as a Redevelopment Commissioner.” 

“Welcome to a fulfillment of a dream that I’ve had almost since I first arrived in San Francisco,” San Francisco elder statesman Brown intoned.

“As a young boy, not old enough to go into any of the joints on Fillmore Street until I was 21 — when I was 21 they were gone — but now it’s all back.

“This community has struggled for many years for this day.

“In this day you celebrate, with this community, you celebrate as part of this community, but more importantly to the greater San Francisco.

“Suddenly the culture of African American San Franciscans… the natural African American community of San Francisco — Yoshi’s San Francisco is the Jazz Heritage Museum.

“Welcome, enjoy yourself, and come back often.”


Willie Brown, fake ID or not, did not exaggerate what was happening to the Fillmore in Brown’s youth, said Brown’s mayoral successor.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, center with from left, Yoshi’s owners Yoshi Aikiba and Kaz Kajimura; financier Michael Johnson, and event Emcee Miranda Wilson

“Willie Brown was probably only modestly exaggerating no doubt about his fake ID,” Newsom chuckled at the screen.

“About the fact that he was probably a young child when this mission was first advanced, when people started realizing that we were loosing this proud vestige to our past.

“That the days when we could still lay claim to being the epicenter of jazz in the United States were beginning to wane, the days when we could at least lay claim to being the West Coast Harlem were beginning to wane.

“Those that were hanging on were just barely making ends meet.

“And then we had difficults times with Redevelopment moving into the Fillmore ultimately gentrifying the neighborhood.

“It has been quite a struggle.”


“It has been, as Reverend Townsend would remind us, a long struggle that only can be referenced in the Bible by reminding everybody that God’s delays are not God’s denials.

“We are here in celebration in that effort, in that work.”


“This is a huge place,” continued Newsom, asking continued Yoshi’s patronage.

“This is a huge invesment. This is a tough place to fill seats.

“So it’s really incumbent on us tonight to come back.

“This is too important to too many people — generations lost and generations to come — what this represents is so much bigger than this physical space.

“This is reclaiming that heritage in our proud past but it’s also about creating opportunities for people to have memories that will be fulfilled and generated here.

“It’s part of the narrative of life.”


Yoshi’s Jazz Club San Francisco is located at 1330 Fillmore Street between Eddy and Ellis Streets. Telephone (415) 655-5600.

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