Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday

653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park

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Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!

Breaking ground and minding & mining the tradition–
live streaming from Bird & Beckett!
it’s been beautiful and necessary, but we’re going to his the pause button on it now.

Saturday evening, March 28th, jazz flautist Gerald Beckett led a trio to celebrate the release of his new album, “MOOD,” replete with beautiful originals from Gerald’s pen and solid gems from Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Harold Mabern, Wynton Marsalis and Cyrus Chestnut. Gerald leads a pantheon of great Bay Area jazz talent on “MOOD,” including…

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Sunday, March 29 – 2:30pm
Walker Talks. Walker Brents III speaks of Hafiz and of storytelling

      “As Hafiz said: ‘Seek life and patience, for the great wheel, with its sleight-of-hand, has a thousand tricks more strange than these.’ His world mirrors ours in a timeless way. The stranger things get, the more familiar they become, to such a poet as Hafiz. As a tutelary presence, to such a…

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Thursday, April 2, 6pm and 8pm:
Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin, live streamed from Bird & Beckett

Tongo Eisen-Martin, a child of the Bay Area, seemed to emerge full blown on the Bay Area poetry front in 2015 with his debut Someone’s Dead Already from Bootstrap Press and a cascade of uncanny readings, hands in pockets, gaze fixed in the middle distance of his mind. But by that point he had already…

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Not everyone can afford a book, much less books, though they’re an essential need (as you’ll agree should you think about it for a New York minute!)

If you need books and can’t afford them, let us know. We have more than we need. The clearance cart will be outside the shop every day, and the books there are now free for those who can’t afford them, despite any markings. Please help yourself if you have scant resources that you need for…

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coronavirus considerations – open six days a week, for take out only, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows will be live streamed without an in-store audience

3/24 update: more of same! and more still!  The proprietor has been in the shop 11am to 7pm every day, taking phone and email orders, passing books over the locked gate, now through the dutch door, to patrons, and working to get the shop ready for the day we’re able to reopen to the public.…

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The Live Music Just Won’t Stop!

Miss your evenings in the bookshop listening to live music?

Live Streaming Friday, Saturday & Sunday

right in your living room, but more than six feet away!

The live streams from Bird & Beckett all started with Friday the 13th, when the towering saxophonist Michael Zilber brought his trio (Jason Lewis on drums and Tyler Harlow on bass) into the shop in the face of the exploding novel coronavirus crisis. Angela Bennett pioneered our broadcasting foray with these two tunes that ended…

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March 22nd, 4:30pm – tuned in to their interweb!
Potrero Hillbillies Live Streamed from Bird & Beckett!

2 out of 3 ain’t bad! Joshua Raoul Brody & Joe “the Quilter” Cunningham ~~Potrero Hillbillies~~ regale you with song today at 4:30pm in a facebook live stream from Bird & Beckett! you don’t have to “belong” to facebook, or even like it to view the live stream! if you’re hooked on the fb, well…

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Jazz guitarist Kai Lyons live streamed
from Bird & Beckett’s jazz club! when lights were low… March 21st, 7:30 pm

Well, that was something special! Go to our facebook page (facebook/ and check out the saved video of the whole two hours. Revelatory. Delightful. Essential! You won’t be sorry! Tonight, 3/21, Kai’s doing a solo set, and then is joined by pianist Javier Santiago and bassist Giulio Xavier Cetto for the rest of the…

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Gaea Schell + John Wiitala Duo played Jazz in the Bookshop, Friday, March 20, 2020 – making for about 910 consecutive Fridays since October 2002!

 Glen Park has never been without live jazz on a Friday night since the Chuck Peterson Trio got the ball rolling! This time, we had no live audience, but we streamed it out to the world via facebook. You can see and hear the evidence at this link: Folks tuned in from the neighborhood,…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 4:30-6:00pm
Rebecca Kleinmann / Julio Lemos Duo

Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer, and composer with a twenty year professional career marked by diversity and improvisation.  In the words of Latin Grammy Nominated pianist and composer, Jovino Santos Neto, “Rebecca plays flute with the passion of a flamenco dancer.” An explorer at heart, she rockets and flows between genres, one day leading The Rebecca…

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Saturday, April 11th – 7:30–10pm
Dave Bass Afro-Cuban Quintet
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night at Bird & Beckett 

$20 cover charge / sliding scale $15-25 With a hit CD, “No Boundaries” under their belt, Dave Bass’s Afro-Cuban Quintet has been selling out shows and wowing audiences up and down the coast. Dave Bass, piano Jeff Sanford, reeds and flute Kerry Kashiwagi, bass Mario Salomon, timbales and percussion David Frazier, congas and percussion

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Postponed: 3/22/20
Wendy DeWitt with Ricky Nye
which way west?
Sunday concert series

$20 suggested donation; any amount appreciated Wendy Dewitt With Boogie Woogie legend Ricky Nye – part of the Hella Piano Tour! Wendy says: “Ricky is in the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame and is another of the international boogie woogie artists. We’ll have a ball.”

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this, too, seems reliably discredited.

COVID-19: All Truth Has Three Stages By Larry Romanoff

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Stuff about books!
Imagine that!

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Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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