Legendary composer and pianist Duke Ellington often sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as part of his sets, and with good reason: The city by the bay hosted a booming jazz scene in the early 20th century. If you can imagine, it wasn't unheard of to see Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, or Louis Armstrong, trumpet in hand, strolling down the Embarcadero.
If you're among those who still appreciate each improvised beat and every nuanced "ski ba bop ba dop bop" of jazz's golden age, you'll love this new traveling exhibit from Limited Runs, which, for two days only at the Sarah Stocking Gallery, will showcase rare and never-before-seen photos of jazz icons.
For "The Metronome Jazz Photo Collection," the folks at Limited Runs combed through Metronome magazine’s vast archives to cull an amazing array of photos depicting the most influential pioneers and and stars of jazz, including Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, and, of course, Louis, Duke, Ella, and Billie. // July 15-18 at Sarah Stocking Gallery, 368 Jackson St (Jackson Square), limitesdruns.com