Basin Street West

Former Location –
Basin Street West was a famous Jazz club which gradually migrated towards rock before it finally closed in 1973. 

Jack Yanoof opened the Basin Street West as a jazz club in 1964. The first performers were Latin jazz pianists. Comedians also performed at the club. Lenny Bruce’s only surviving filmed recording of his nightclub routines was his gig at Basin Street West a few months before his death in 1966.

By 1967, Yanoof was booking rock acts like Jefferson Airplane and soul acts such as Otis Redding.  Ike & Tina Turner recorded a live album there in 1969. The album peaked at No. 142 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 19 on the R&B albums chart.

After Basin Street West closed in 1973, it was replaced by a Korean restaurant and now appears to be an empty building.

Notable Performances at Basin Street West Include:

Ray Charles on June 9, 1971
Sly & the Family Stone on January 17, 1969
The Fifth Dimension from July 12-21, 1968
Little Richard from October 27- November 4, 1967
Sam & Dave on July 11 and 16, 1967
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles on May 25 and June 3, 1967
Four Tops on May 11 and May 20, 1967
Jefferson Airplane from January 13 to January 22, 1967

Notable Recordings Made At Basin Street West:

In Person by Ike & Tina Turner & The Ikettes
Dancing In The Street by Ramsey Lewis

Basin Street West
401 Broadway
San Francisco CA 94133

Basin Street West