Savanna Jazz

Bar / Jazz Club / Live Music Venue / Restaurant
Savanna Jazz The seasoned musicians who take to Savanna Jazz's small stage five nights a week aren't drawing a crowd with their made-up pop looks or licentious dance moves, but with their fierce dedication to pure Brazilian and Latin... San Francisco United States 37.750036 -122.41823
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Savanna Jazz - Bar | Jazz Club | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review The seasoned musicians who take to Savanna Jazz’s small stage five nights a week aren’t drawing a crowd with their made-up pop looks or licentious dance moves, but with their fierce dedication to pure Brazilian and Latin... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    W–Th 6:30pm–midnight, F–Sa 6:30pm–2am, Su 6:30–11pm; closing hours vary

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

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The Scene

The seasoned musicians who take to Savanna Jazz's small stage five nights a week aren't drawing a crowd with their made-up pop looks or licentious dance moves, but with their fierce dedication to pure Brazilian and Latin...

The seasoned musicians who take to Savanna Jazz’s small stage five nights a week aren’t drawing a crowd with their made-up pop looks or licentious dance moves, but with their fierce dedication to pure Brazilian and Latin jazz.

Old-school music junkies drop in early so they have time to scan the myriad albums and photos on display, or perhaps to ensure a spot at the bar, where they can sip a beer and strum their fingers without having to chit-chat with the young hipsters hovering nearby.

Conversation around the small tables dotting the room is more likely about the progression of bebop from its west-African roots than what Lady Gaga has been up to, and even when the upcoming act is little-known, many patrons begin calling out requests the minute the band steps on stage.

With the exception of Wednesdays, when several tables are removed to make room for swing dancing, the venue and its crowd of literary types and amateur music historians stays mellow, as erstwhile creatives pass the time between sets opining on how the iPod destroyed music.

Savanna Jazz regulars aren’t known for doling out freebies, so the applause that follows a performance is always sincere, even if the folks onstage don’t care so much about claps or recognition – for them, it’s all about hitting that perfect next note.

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Tip from Jonah:

Be sure to chat up Pascal, the Senegalese co-owner. He’s a super-cool cat, and not only does he have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the historical trajectory of the jazz form, but if you ask him to go up on stage, he really wails on the guitar.

  • Crowd

    Jazz junkies, music-loving tourists, swing dancers, local Mission hipsters, and guys looking to impress a date with how cultured they are, late 20s to 50s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live jazz, heavy on Brazilian and Latin styles, five nights a week.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Themed American/Cajun menu including burgers, seafood, and steak.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5–$10. Appetizers $4–$11, entrées $10–$20. Beer $6, cocktails $7–$10, mixed drinks $7–$13.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Stylish but not trendy: argyle sweater vests, flat caps, all-black suits, dinner dresses, sport coats, jeans, ironic t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesdays to learn how to swing dance, most Saturdays for the house band Savanna Trio, or any night a band of interest is booked.

  • Close By

    Aquarius Records (1055 Valencia Street) has one of the largest selections of obscure music in the city, as well as a sizable collection of jazz favorites.

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