Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and more!

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Mark your calendar:
Sunday, July 10th – 10:30-3:30pm
–in Glen Canyon Park–
The Gum Tree Girls Festival!
Celebrating Moxie!!!

Over in the canyon, just up the street from the bookshop, the Gum Tree Girls Festival is slated for 10am to 3:30pm on Sunday the 10th, with live music, stirring oratory, informative history, food, drink, games and community camaraderie! You don’t want to miss it! (Though be sure not to overlook our live streamed conversation…

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Tuesday, July 5 – 7:30pm
Ray Skjelbred and his Cubs

Ray Skjelbred, piano Marc Caparone, trumpet Clint Baker, bass Jeff Hamilton, drums $20 cash cover charge at the door Doors open at 7:20pm for the 7:30pm show BYOB and a mask Chicago-born, Seattle-based pianist Ray Skjelbred returns to Bird & Beckett in the company of like-minded friends — three of the very best players the…

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Thursday, July 7 – 7pm
Poets Julie Rogers & Peter Marti read their work
Jerry Ferraz and Michael Koch host featured poets plus an open mic
on the first Thursday of each month

Julie Rogers is the author of three Omerta Publications chapbooks published pre-Covid that will be released on this occasion: Trading Fours and Sharing Breath, both written with her late husband, poet David Meltzer; and her own volume, Life on Earth. Her other books include House of the Unexpected, and “Instructions for the Transitional State.”  Two…

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Friday, July 8 – 7:30pm
Ollie Dudek
plays the compositions
of the great bass players

Bob Kenmotsu, tenor saxophone Ben Stolorow , piano Ollie Dudek, bass Vince Lateano, drums $20 cash cover charge Doors open at 7:20pm for the 7:30pm show BYOB and a mask Ollie Dudek digs deep into the book of compositions by some of the greatest bass players in jazz, including Jimmy Blanton, Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus,…

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Saturday, July 9 – 7:30pm
Larry Dunlap Quartet

Charlie McCarthy, woodwinds Larry Dunlap, piano & compositions Dan Feiszli, bass Curt Moore, drums Larry Dunlap has been praised as “one of the best jazz pianists around – anywhere” –San Francisco Examiner “Larry Dunlap is an impeccable jazz pianist. Absolutely gorgeous.” –Marc Myers, JazzWax Larry is well known for his work with vocalists Bobbe Norris,…

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Sunday, July 10 – 10am
SF Lives Live Talk:
Third Parent’s Daveea Whitmire
in conversation with journalist Denise Sullivan

San Francisco journalist Denise Sullivan conducts a monthly series of conversations (the second Sunday of each month from 10-11 a.m.) with The City’s activists, educators, arts and cultural leaders, as well as lesser-known workers, the everyday people who help make this place we call home, live streamed from Bird & Beckett Books. This month’s guest…

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Sunday, July 10 – 5pm
The Seducers!

Joe Goldmark, pedal steel guitar Mitch Polzak, lead guitar and vocals Hank Maninger, bass guitar and vocals Kenny Owen, drums America’s favorite honky tonk band plays music by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and many, many more of the great classic and outlaw giants of country music! 

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O Pioneers of the Cosmostream! We’ve been vaccinating you against the plague of boredom and the scourge of demagoguery with live streamed events twice a week and more since March 2020, when it all came down!

Hungry to hear some of Bird & Beckett’s past live streams? On the home page you can scroll down to read the individual posts for the shows we’ve mounted in the past several months, a hint of what’s gone down since the pandemic lock-down began. In more amazing times, it would take you right back…

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Yes! Believe your five senses–
shows for in-store audiences
resumed in mid-June 2021, and continue,
albeit masked.

Bird & Beckett’s events open to the public have been back since mid-June 2021. Mask up and come in! (do please bring proof of full vaccination. Not vaxxed? Please get vaxxed and join us!) Jazz, poetry & more live in the shop and live streamed Come to 653 Chenery if you’re in town! Doors open…

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Fight the deep cuts happening at
City College of San Francisco

In the face of five years of program cuts, course cuts, faculty and staff layoffs, all of which have accelerated substantially in the past past few months, activist faculty, staff and friends of CCSF are supporting a November 2022 ballot measure to obtain funds that would restore aspects of CCSF’s course offerings important to the…

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Sunday, July 3 – 5pm
Tomorrow’s Jazz Now!
Young Players Test the Traditions
Charlie Gurke’s CMC Jazz Ensemble
Jam session follows hosted by
the Akira Tana Trio

Catch some jazz on the eve of the 4th! San Francisco’s august Mission District institution, the Community Music Center, is sending a group coached by reed player Charlie Gurke for a 5pm set on Sunday July 3rd, to be followed at 6pm with a jam session open to students and budding professionals led by famed…

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Saturday, July 2 – 7:30pm
Richie Vitale Quartet

New York comes to Bird & Beckett tonight! Richie Vitale, trumpet star, plays with local heroes Keith Saunders, piano; Eric Markowitz, bass; and Ron Marabuto, drums. Trust Keith and Ron…you want to hear this jazzman. Doors open at 7:20 for the 7:3-9:30 show. $20 cash cover charge at the door. Call to reserve a seat…

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Friday, July 1 – 7:30pm
Dan Neville All-Star Latin Quintet

Dan Neville, vibes Brian Andres, drums Erick Peralta, piano Aaron Germain, bass Javier Cabanillas, congas $25 cash cover charge byob and a mask doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 show Live streamed on our facebook page and youtube channel. Dan Neville fields an all-star Latin combo this time out at Bird &  Beckett. Over…

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Sunday, June 26th – 7pm
Vince Lateano’s Doggone Jazz Jam

Drummer Vince Lateano leads the session with Peter Barshay on bass and Ben Stolorow on piano. A lot of great players have come out of San Francisco. Get in their number. Before the saints coming marching in! No fee to play. Audience, bring a $20 to help us pay the rhythm section. BYOB    

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Sunday, June 26th – 4pm
Evidence Trio + Ava Koohbor

Evidence Trio is an improvisational group whose points of reference are free jazz, dark ambient, and radio emissions from the early universe. Andrew Joron, theremin Kersti Abrams, sax and flute Thomas Harrison. electric bass Joining the bill is Ava Koohbor, Iranian-American electronic musician, visual artist and poet. Visit her website at avakoohborarts.com for samples of…

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Saturday, June 25th – 7:30pm
The Eric Shifrin Trio

Eric Shifrin brings a Latin touch to the bandstand tonight, in a long-standing trio with bassist Paul Smith and drummer Raul Ramirez. $20 cover (cash, please!); doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 show.  Bring a mask and something to drink, if you like. You’re in for a delightful evening of music. Catch it in…

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Friday, June 24th – 7:30pm
Tony Johnson’s 230 Jones Street Band

Drummer Tony Johnson brings in a quartet on the fourth Friday of each month. Tonight it’s the 230 Jones Street Band, with Charlie McCarthy, saxophone & flute; Glen Deardorff, guitar and Al Obidinski, bass. Four veteran jazz players, and long-time friends, swingin’. $20 cash cover charge; byob & a mask. Find the live stream on…

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Thursday, June 23rd – 7:30pm
The Ed Cherry Trio

Guitarist Ed Cherry is in town briefly and brings a trio into Bird & Beckett with Adam Shulman on piano and Owen Clapp on bass. Call for reservations – 415-586-3733; limited seating. $20 cash cover charge. BYOB and a mask. Doors open at 7:20pm for the 7:30pm show. Ed Cherry moved to New York from…

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Wednesday, June 22nd – 7:30pm
Noel Jewkes Quartet
A birthday celebration!

None will dispute the notion that Dr. Legato, the multi-instrumentalist Noel Jewkes, has been in the top echelon of jazz players in the region for five decades. Noel is known for his swing and the cool elegance of his work on all manner of reeds, as well as piano and a few more instruments besides.…

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Saturday, June 18 – 7:30pm
Dameronia – Paul Combs Quartet

Paul Combs, saxophone Ken Cook, piano Doug Miller, bass Alex Aspinall, drums A night of obscure Dameronia presented and performed by the Paul Combs Quartet. Tadd Dameron was a cornerstone of late 1940s jazz, contributing key compositions to the jazz canon including “Good Bait,” “Our Delight,” “Hot House,” “Lady Bird,” and “If You Could See…

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Friday, June 17 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster Combo
with Danny Bittker, sax, clarinet & steel pan

Guitarist Scott Foster always cooks up a good show on the third Friday of each month. This month, he’s invited multi-instrumentalist Danny Bittker to help assemble a quintet and to call the tunes. Danny plays saxophones, clarinet and steel pan on this date, joined by Zach Pitt-Smith on sax and flute, Greg Nottage acoustic and…

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FREE BEER!
Thursday, June 16 – 7:30pm
& FREE CHAMPAGNE!
Tony! Tony! Tony!
a neighborhood party
with the Larry Vann Trio!
(Second set at 9pm, after the game!)

The Glen Park merchants celebrate the neighborhood with a FREE BEER! party on the third Thursday of every third month, and this month, the guest of honor & delight is Tony from Critter Fritters. No live stream, no cover charge! Just come down to the shop & party with your neighbors! Tony is a neighborhood…

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Monday, June 13 – 7pm
VirtualPoets!
Paul Corman Roberts and Youssef Alaoui featured poets
open mic follow
Kim Shuck hosts

Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate 2019-2021, hosts an online Bird & Beckett poetry reading twice a month – on the 2nd and 4th Mondays. Paul Corman Roberts and Youssef Alaoui are the featured poets for this session, with an open mic to follow. Bird and Beckett VirtualPoets, 6/13!! When Mon Jun 13, 2022 7pm…

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Sunday, June 12 – 8pm
Poet Lucien Zell, American Expat in Prague, on tour

Lucien Zell, passing through on his way to take part in the poetry workshops at the High Sierra Community of Writers in Olympic Valley at Lake Tahoe, will read some of his work alongside colleagues Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate Emerita (2019-2021), and Lee Rossi. Can’t make it down to the shop for the…

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Sunday, June 12 – 10am
SF Lives Live Talk: Journalist Denise Sullivan
in conversation with Clarion Mural Project’s Megan Wilson

San Francisco journalist Denise Sullivan conducts a monthly series of conversations (the second Sunday of each month from 10-11 a.m.) with The City’s activists, educators, arts and cultural leaders, as well as lesser-known workers, the everyday people who help make this place we call home, live streamed from Bird & Beckett Books. This month’s guest…

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Saturday, June 11 – 7:30pm
Michael Zilber Quartet

Michael Zilber, saxophone Matt Clark, piano Essiet Okon Essiet, bass Sylvia Cuenca, drums $20 cash cover charge at the door. Reservations: 415-586-3733 BYOB and a mask. Michael Zilber writes prolifically and plays a great tenor saxophone. Fine quartet on this date! Do come and enjoy a fine night of small combo jazz music in your…

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Friday, June 10 – 7:30pm
The Lost Trio

Phillip Greenlief, tenor saxophone Dan Seamans, bass Tom Hassett, drums Always a pleasure to hear The Lost Trio! Decades of collaboration and a rich book of tunes by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Steve Lacy, Herbie Nichols and many, many more. $20 cash cover charge at the door. Reservations welcome: call 415-586-3733 BYOB and a…

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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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