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Jazz at Epicenter Cafe

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If you live in San Francisco and love Jazz, great coffee, good food, and a nice selection of beer and wine, you must check out Epicenter Cafe. It’s a great place to kick back with your laptop and browse the web, get some studying done, or just hang out with friends.

The interior has a very “South of Market” industrial look to it, with modern furniture and art, waxed concrete flooring as well as exposed concrete pillars, electrical conduits, plumbing and air ducts.  During the day, tons of light floods in through large, floor-to-ceiling windows.

The live music, however, is the most important element! Every Sunday evening, the cafe hosts a “Jazz Jam,” which is basically the Jazz version of an open mic.  If you can play/sing Jazz and read a lead sheet, you’re free to perform. There was a great group there yesterday evening:

Chris (on trumpet you see below) is a friend of mine. We met with a bunch of other friends to see him jam with the other instrumentalists.

My wife also brought a few charts along and performed two pieces. I decided to video record the performances instead of taking stills. Used my D300s fitted with the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC for the two clips. I must say, Vibration Control makes a huge difference in steadiness when recording video while hand-holding a DSLR. Check out the clips below!

The first clip is her second performance, where she sang “On Green Dolphin Street.” Video was recorded in 720p resolution. The second clip is the song “September in the Rain,” accidentally recorded in a lower resolution. Oh well!

Jazz jam sessions are rare in San Francisco, so my wife and I were really excited about this opportunity. The band was thrilled with her performance (as was I), and invited her back with specific requests as well. Good job, honey. Truly beautiful!

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  1. Great pics man. That fish makes everything fun. Love the girl lookin atcha in the one restaurant shot. Classic processing.


    June 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

  2. Very Cool… Loved to Have seen your Wife Sing… Very Great Videos.. Even if i have never heard those songs.. hehehe =) very Nice =)


    June 21, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  3. love those places where u can hear good music..but jazzz wooww its other words….

    good shots indeed and bridget u have a good voice for jazz..



    June 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm

  4. I love jazz and Bridget’s voice!!


    June 22, 2010 at 7:15 am

  5. Hi Rosa, Araceli, and Miki! Thanks so much for checking out the videos. Hopefully I can release my own album one day…


    June 22, 2010 at 7:29 am

    • And I would so Buy your CD Bridget =) Even though this is not my Kind of music.. But it sounds Fun =)


      July 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm

  6. I’m with Bridget in saying thanks for the comments everyone! Hopefully I’ll be able to take stills and video at the same time during her performance this Thursday =)


    June 22, 2010 at 7:33 am

  7. Man, she can sing!!
    Beautiful performance. Bridget is going to make your D300s work hard!


    June 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

  8. She has a lovely, lovely voice! And jazz requires such a special voice. What a nice place!


    June 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm

  9. I love the way you captured the atmosphere of the cafe. The colors are really nice. The band fish eye of the band is awesome. What lens did you use for that?

    Floating Camera

    June 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm

  10. Thanks again everyone!

    I used the Nikkor DX 10.5mm f/2.8 lens for the fish eye shots.


    June 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm

  11. We’d love to do a feature on Bridget at our new location! Hit me up when ready! Thanks for the post.


    March 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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