San Francisco’s famed jazz club closes – NBC Bay Area

The Club Deluxe, a beloved jazz club in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, would close.

Club owner Sarah Wilde recently sent a letter informing musicians that the business will be closing soon.

Musicians have been entertaining locals and tourists at Club Deluxe since the 1990s. Steve Lucky told NBC Bay Area on Wednesday that he remembered playing a few gigs at the club.

“Even if there is no big stage, the crowd is right above you. And everyone who goes there is so into the music, unlike a lot of other places, where the musicians might be some kind of wallpaper jukebox in the corner,” he said.

Father Dan Scheid of All Saints Episcopal Church said he lived within walking distance of the club and visited several times a week. He still can’t believe the owner emailed local musicians and fans saying it was time to move on.

Club officials have said corporate greed is the reason the business has to close. The landlord says the rent is too high now.

San Francisco residents and Club Deluxe fans said it was a huge loss for the city.

“I think local live music is part of the soul of a community. I say this as a parish priest,” Scheid said.

Musicians also know what a special place Club Deluxe is, as they said it provides concerts and helps the music world.

“At night you get the door. Then you get money from the bar and you get tips. These three things create a real salary that is unique,” ​​said musician Hank Maninger.

NBC Bay Area attempted to find the landlord of the building to ask about the rent increase on Wednesday, but was unsuccessful.

August 27 could be the date of the final show on the site.

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