The BayTaper.com Archive is an online multimedia collection born out of a documentary project spanning (primarily) 2005 to 2012 that featured original live audio recordings, video footage, and photography from the San Francisco Bay Area underground jazz and creative music scene. The project was run by a single devoted music fan, photographer, and archivist with a passion for the vibrant world class performing arts scene in San Francisco.

The project also represented a purposeful effort to push the limits of what a one-man cinema verite documentarian could do using new media techniques to capture real life events in a discreet style. It involved experimenting with a multitude of digital and analog formats – including audio, video, and photography – and developed into a repeatable end-to-end workflow that allowed a single person to creatively acquire, edit, and distribute high-quality multimedia online. In essence, this project was built on one man’s love of live music mixed with a passion for photography, field recording, and documentary story telling.

With respect to the content archived on this site, it is important to recognize that every artist has a unique perspective regarding online music sharing, and that it is a constant struggle for today’s artists to balance the need to gain a wider reach and fan base with the need to protect their intellectual property and make a living from it. The project was embarked on mostly for the pure enjoyment of being a documentarian, meeting new and interesting people, making life-long friends, enjoying live music, and with the good intentions of introducing others to some of the incredibly talented – and often under-appreciated – artists and musicians that perform in the San Francisco Bay Area every day.

Please also note that the intent of the project was to always respect the wishes of the artists recorded and photographed. Every recording posted to this website was done with the explicit permission of the artists involved. The ability to record these amazing artists was based entirely on building long-term relationships and trust that resulted in being granted intimate access to their lives and their live performances. All of the content available on this website is copyrighted work and is being made available for personal, non-commercial use only. Any other use of any material on this website requires explicit permission from the artists involved. Lastly, even if initial permission was granted to distribute content here, I continue to honor all requests to remove material if so requested from the artists themselves.

Please feel free to contact me at I n f o A t B a y T a p e r D o t C o m, and thanks again for your interest in this website and the San Francisco creative music scene. And please make sure to listen and support local live music wherever you live!