supports the arts. In
fact, most of the staff
is involved in some artistic
pursuit, from music and
literature to visual
arts and dance.
Home to the OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY MURAL.
Painted by Kaffe Fassett around 1960, it depicts many of the denizens of North
Beach during the Beat Generation: local poets, painters, bartenders, Flamenco
dancers, cooks and customers of the Old Spaghetti Factory, one of San Francisco’s original coffee houses and an early haven for Gays and Straights. It is on loan from Sandra and Mal Sharpe, who with William Farley produced the public television documentary, “The Old Spaghetti Factory”, one of the best short films made about North Beach in the 1960’s. The DVD version is available for sale at Café Divine.
We’re proud to present first class musicians in an intimate setting.
Many of these artists are justly famous in their fields, and often are traveling or
recording. As a result, we always recommend calling ahead if there is a particular group or musician you wish to see, or please drop in to enjoy whoever is on—we are truly blessed with a variety of talent!
Rob Reich (www.robreich.com, first and third Mondays) and Grammy winner
Dan Cantrell (www.bellowhead.com, second and fourth Mondays) alternate, with an occasional appearance by such artists as Diana Strong or Isabel Douglass.
Chris Amberger, jazz bassist, brings in a friend for some fun jazz
and Merideth Axelrod play ragtime guitars, guaranteed to make you smile (www.craigventresco.com)
A chance to catch a variety of styles— Craig Ventresco plays solo on the first Thursday of the month, and with friends on the third; Judson-Tyler Guitar Duo
(www.gigmasters.com/Classical-Duo/Judson-Tyler-Duo/) plays the fourth
Thursday of the month, and the second is a wild card. Tangonero Trio, The Blue Ribbon Healers, or various other friends may stop in to create an enjoyable evening.
We rotate a group of excellent musicians to finish the weekend. This usually includes Wendy DeWitt, the Queen
of the Boogie-Woogie Piano (www.wettemusic.com), Sharman Duran, who plays a variety of piano and vocal stylings(www.sharmanduran.com), The International Silver String Submarine Band, a collection of ever-changing players making good time music, and the Mario Guarneri Jazz Quartet (www. berp.com/jazz) takes the last Sunday of the month.
Music is from 7-9pm, Sunday through Thursday. For more information, please call 415.986.3414.
Please join us for Delicious Musical Merriment!
Mario Guarneri Jazz Quartet, which
has established a dedicated
following for its innovative
interpretations of jazz classics
and originals, features some
of the most creative musicians
in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The musical performances of
this group reflect their wide
diversity and vast experience.
They are passionate about communicating
their love of jazz to others,
and project through their music
the essence of this American
The members of the group have performed
and recorded with a wide variety of artists,
including Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Smith, Bobby
Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Mose Allison,
John Heard, George Duke, Donald Byrd,
George Cables, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders
and Roger Kellaway.
Every Tuesday, Bay Area bassist extraordinaire Chris Amberger brings a friend or two to entertain us, carrying on Dave Bernstein's tradition. Chris has toured the world, playing in a variety of styles and venues, from symphony orchestras, to movie and commercial credits, to small group jazz. He’s worked with a who’s who collection of musicians, including Cal Tjader, Art Blakey, George Shearing, Richie Havens, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Maria Muldar, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dexter Gordon, Charles Lloyd, Roland Kirk, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Stitt, Donald Byrd, Barney Kessell, to name just a few.
“Superb” –John Wasserman.
“A most resonant timbre like a brilliant beacon light in the night”—Phillip Elwood.
Ventresco and Merideth Axelrod
Acoustic guitarist Craig
Ventresco's style is a unique
of Ragtime, rural Blues, early
Jazz guitar and traditional String
Band influences. His playing
is at once fiery, melodic and
inventive. Ventresco has
concentrated on early 20th century
ragtime, and popular songs as
recorded on obscure 78s and cylinders
from the dawn of the recorded
music era. He features music
written by Eubie Blake, Scott
Joplin, Big Bill Broonzy, James
Scott, Lucky Roberts, and a Ventresco
original as well. His playing
was featured on the soundtrack
album for the film "Crumb."
Among San Francisco's premier jazz vocalists, Sharman Duran stands out as a talented musician who values both the lyric and the melodic attributes of a song. Her style is fresh, intelligent, languid, and playful all at once. Her delivery conveys full-bodied emotional content with impeccable phrasing. The rich chordal voicings of her piano playing lend tasteful and elegant support to her singing.