Filipino jazz back on Fillmore

The third annual San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival comes to Yoshi’s on Sunday, October 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Among the headliners are composer-pianist-vocalist Primo Kim, appearing with guest vocalist Jo Canion; Tokyo’s premier jazz diva Charito; and, from Manila, the powerful singer Sandra Lim Viray.

The roots of Filipino jazz in San Francisco can be traced to early Filipino immigrants who settled in and around the Fillmore District. Jazz pioneers such as Flip Nunez, Jo Canion and Rudy Tenio created a legacy that many artists have since followed. Today, Filipino jazz is gaining wider recognition as artists — including Primo Kim, Charito and Sandra Viray — are recording and performing worldwide.