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March 19, 2022

Black and White Photos of Bar Scenes at Club Deluxe, San Francisco in the Early 1990s

Club Deluxe is a live music venue located on the famous corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco. The bar, designed in 1949 and owned by Jay Johnson in 1989, was the nesting ground for the swing revival of the 1990s. Today, Club Deluxe hosts a wide array of jazz and blues bands, as well as monthly burlesque and comedy shows.

The atmosphere at Club Deluxe is reminiscent of an old time New York City jazz house. Red lights glow, the sounds of jazz and people talking waft through the air, and most of the patrons are decked out in their best vintage clothing.

These fascinating black and white photos were taken by Dave Glass that show bar scenes at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco in the early 1990s.

Bar patrons at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1991

Bar patrons at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1991

Bar scene at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1991

Bar scene at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1991

Bartender at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1991

Jazz vocalist Kim Gill at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1991

People at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1991

Scene at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1991

Artist Slimm Buick at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1992

Artist Slimm Buick at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1992

Kim Gill, French teacher, jazz vocalist, at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1992

Kim Gill, French teacher, jazz vocalist, at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1992

Mondo Dorame, jazz and swing Tenor saxophonist for Royal Crown Review, Warner Bros. recording artist, at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1992

Mr Lucky, aka Pierre Merkl, at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1992

Mr. Lucky performing at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1992

Mr. Lucky performing at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1992

Unidentified blues singer at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1992

Jazz vocalist Eddie Nichols at the Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight Street, San Francisco, 1993

Jay Johnson, one of San Francisco's true characters who often crooned Sinatra standards with his big band, owned the Club Deluxe, the Orbit Room, Ground Zero, and certainly left his mark on Haight Street and beyond. Photo taken at the Club Deluxe, November 1993

(Photo © Dave Glass)




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