When Jazz at Pearl's, the venerable North Beach nightspot, closed its doors early in 2003, the San Francisco jazz scene took a long, hard look in the mirror. The resulting outcry was deafening. It's the end of live jazz in San Francisco, declared the pundits, the last real jazz club in the city is gone. This wasn't exactly true, but it was close enough, and dire enough, to get every musician, jazz fan and media outlet in the area up in arms. As the good book would say, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
But then a funny thing happened. Literally hours after the first edition of All About Jazz: San Francisco came off the press, also bemoaning of the loss of Pearl's, word began to filter out that the club wasn�t quite so dead as it seemed.