- Jim Goggin, Founder

Jim Goggin with Earthquake McGoon's shirt
Jim Goggin with Earthquake McGoon's shirt

Jim Goggin founded the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation (SFTJF) in 1981 to honor and preserve the memory of the musicians and music he loved. He wrote liner notes, produced jazz recordings, and authored

numerous books on Traditional Jazz.

Jim loved Turk Murphy's music and the offbeat musicians swirling around the then large, old-school Bay Area trad jazz scene, 1950-1970. Goggin's jazz collection of all sorts of memorabilia gradually took over his house, until (so I was told) his wife Maria insisted something had to be done or else. Jim wisely formed a non-profit, the SFTJF, and transferred its contents to an ancient, abandoned, seedy factory-cum-warehouse by the railroad tracks somewhere south of Oakland.

Items SFTJF later acquired from Turk’s estate, from his widow Harriet, and from Turk's close friends Dottie and Ed Lawless were musically and professionally well selected and pristine. SFTJF transferred this archive to a succession of clean, well-lighted storage buildings in San Francisco.

At one point, a San Francisco radio personality visited the archive for an interview in the reverent tone of an ancient Egyptian tomb having just been opened, and in one of the dark recesses discovered a living clarinetist, Bob Helm, whom he promptly interviewed. The SFTJF Board was kept informed of such events, and supported them, such as Charles Huggins of See’s Candies sponsoring live music events, or sending a truck to pick up Turk’s precious personal collection of tapes, manuscripts, and business ledgers. This collection had also lived in various warehouses before going physically to Stanford’s Archive of Recorded Sound, where at last it has been processed and made available to the public through the Charles N. Huggins Project.

Before his retirement to the Gold Country, Jim Goggin’s self-described 'day job' working for the Bank of America in downtown San Francisco culminated his 40-year career as a highly respected executive.