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

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Sunday, December 4 – 5pm
Tomorrow’s Jazz Today!

The first Sunday of each month, Bird & Beckett is proud and pleased to host a jazz combo comprising students from a local college or high school opening the program, followed by a student jam session led by a professional trio. Co-produced and underwritten by Jazz in the Neighborhood and Bird & Beckett, the students…

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And mark your calendar for this!
Wednesday, December 7th – 7:30pm
Some Evolved Stuff Indeed!
All-Star Tribute to Grachan Moncur III

Trombonist Grachan Moncur III emerged from the Benny Golson-Art Farmer Jazztet, steeped in hardbop, to become one of the more original improvising composers of the mid-‘60s New York jazz scene. With evocative titles like Gnostic, Esoteric, Love and Hate, Frankenstein, Air Raid and Ghost Town, his pen and his bone discovered new solutions to jazz…

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Thursday, December 8 – 7pm
Book Event
The Creative Lives of Animals – author Carol Gigliott

The Creative Lives of Animals offers readers intimate glimpses of creativity in the lives of animals, from elephants to alligators to ants. Drawing on a growing body of scientific research, Carol Gigliotti unpacks examples of creativity demonstrated by animals through the lens of the creative process, an important component of creative behavior, and offers new…

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Friday, December 9 – 7:30pm
John Calloway Quartet

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Saturday, December 10 – 7:30pm
Omar Aran Trio

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Sunday, December 11 – 10am
SF Lives Live Talk
Mabel Jimenez, journalist and photo documentarian
in conversation with journalist Denise Sullivan

Sunday, December 11SF Lives Live Talk:Photographer Mabel Jiménez 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 and lesser-known workers, the everyday people who help make this place we…

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Sunday, December 11 – 5pm
Maurice Tani

Maurice Tani: 77 El Deora

Americana noir from a master songwriter, with bassist Mike Anderson.  

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Tuesday, December 13 – 7pm
Book event:
Bart Schneider/Chester Arnold
+ Dan Coshnear

Bart Schneider’s new book from Kelly’s Cove Press, The Daily Feast, is a joyous and savory collaboration between old friends, Sonoma painter Chester Arnold and Berkeley poet Bart Schneider. All the work focuses on food and drink, from oysters on the half shell to dirty martinis, with an afterword by legendary Napa chef and restaurateur…

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Mark your calendar!
Monday, December 19 – 7:30pm
Joe Davidian Trio

Come out for a special night with NYC-based jazz pianist Joe Davidian. A consummate musician, Joe’s deep affinity for feel-good rhythms and strong melodies is evident in his dynamic playing. Joined by local musicians John Wiitala (bass) and Brian Fishler (drums), the trio will regale us with tunes from The Great American Songbook with a…

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Make your plans!
Saturday, December 31 – 7:30pm
Mo-Fone New Year’s Eve!

Sets at 8 and 9pm. Food & drink on the house! Tickets, $50 — on sale December 1. Must be bought in advance at the store. Cash or check please!

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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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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 down1

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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Saturday, December 3 – 7:30pm
TOaG Quartet

Oakland-based ensemble The TOaG Quartet brings a dazzling breadth of improvisational music, all composed in response to and reflecting on the tumultuous last several years – which hit professional creatives especially hard. Described as “Swinging and Funky,” “Beautiful and Groovin,” “Dark and Spacey,” and “Raw but Refined,” The TOaG Quartet, under the direction of bassist…

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Friday, December 2 – 7:30pm
Ed Cherry Trio

Ed Cherry is one of the greats of jazz. He’s been on that course since the late 1970s, and is solidly in his prime. Tonight, he leads a trio in the intimate space that is Bird & Beckett. $20 cash cover charge. BYOB. Doors open at 7:20pm for the 7:30pm show. Call for reservations –…

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Thursday, December 1 – 7pm
Poets! Daniel Wolff and Kimberly Nunes, featured poets, plus open mic

Regarding Daniel Wolff”s new book from Four Way Books, More Poems About Money: Poet Rosanna Warren calls it “an angry and ingenious collection… [that] indicts global capitalism in a fury of word-play, rhymes, squint-eyed sonnets, and puns.” Author Jonathan Galassi describes the work as “razor-sharp, deeply witty, sardonic meditations.” This Wolff’s fourth collection; his poetry…

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Sunday, November 27 – 7pm
The Potrero Hillbillies Do the Band

The Potrero Hillbillies — Joshua Raoul Brody, Joe Cunningham and Christopher Gray — dig into the songbook of one of the key bands of old, weird America. $20 cash cover charge, byob Reservations, call 415-586-3733. Live streamed on the Bird & Beckett YouTube channel and Facebook page.$10 suggested donation per the directions on the screen…

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Sunday, November 27 – 4pm
The Cottontails

Jump rhythm & blues! Karina Denike, vocal Tom Griesser, sax Michael McIntosh, piano Joe Kyle, Jr., bass Randy Lee Odell, drums $25 cash cover charge ($20-25 sliding scale) BYOB Reservations, call 415-586-3733. Live streamed on the Bird & Beckett YouTube channel and Facebook page. $10 suggested donation per the directions on the screen (paypal, venmo,…

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Saturday, November 26 – 7:30pm
New Squatoolas

The New Squatoolas take you on a joyous romp in a New Orleans mode, playing the music of NOLA jazz, funk and soul pioneers – The Meters, Smokey Johnson, Fats Domino, The Nevilles, The Wild Tchoupitoulas, ‘Fess – as well as original compositions invoking the style and vibe of those and other greats of that…

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Friday, November 25 – 7:30pm
Bob Kenmotsu Quartet

Drummer Tony Johnson leads a quartet on the 4th Friday of each month. And here it is the fourth Friday! But he’s out tonight; we’ll see him with the 230 Jones Street band at the end of December. His regular colleagues tenor player Bob Kenmotsu and pianist Keith Saunders have recruited Doug Miller to fill…

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Friday, November 25 – Happy Hour! – 5pm
Annette A Aquilar’s Beans on the Left
Rumba n Samba feat. John Calloway

Drive down to Bird & Beckett on Friday, with Thanksgiving and all its trimmings in the rear view. San Francisco born & bred Annette A. Aguilar is out west and stops in for some coquito & conga action with family and you, her newfound old time friends. After her teen years all over the latin…

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Rumba, jazz, New Orleans R&B, jump rhythm & jive, and haunting music of the old, weird Americas… plenty on tap between now and Sunday

Two shows on Friday: a happy hour rumba and an evening of jazz with the Bob Kenmotsu Quartet to follow! Saturday, it’s the New Squatoolas bringing the spirit of New Orleans, and Sunday, jump blues and R&B quintet, the Cottontails followed by the Potrero Hillbillies playing the music of The Band and a few other…

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Wednesday, November 23 – 7:30pm
Vince Lateano Trio

Bassist Peter Barshay and pianist Ben Stolorow join drummer Vince Lateano for two sets of jazz for your pleasure, and ours. BYOB and a twenty for the band! Our events are live streamed on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. Your kind donations while watching online help us pay the musicians and support the stream.…

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Tuesday, November 22 – 7pm
Noodle, Rant, Tangent
Kim Shuck publication party

A couple dozen “cranky” and concise essays by our esteemed San Francisco Poet Laureate Emerita Kim Shuck were published just a month or two ago by our good friends at Andover Archives Press, just on the eve of a 9,000 ramble around the country. She’s back now & we’ll celebrate by joining Kim for a…

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November 20 to November 23
Five events in four days
beats & bongos, accordion & drums
struggle & rant & jazz!
live in the shop!

    Sunday, November 20 – 4 pm – free – byob Kim Shuck hosts a reading to celebrate the new Beat Not Beat anthology Kim writes: Beat Not Beat is a collection of poems from poets Beat, Beat adjacent and parallel styles of writing. Many contemporary California writers benefit from literary stands taken by…

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Sunday, November 20 – 7:30pm
Rob Reich / Beth Goodfellow Quartet

Daniel Fabricant on bass + Ben Goldberg on clarinet tonight! BYOB and a twenty for the band. Or donate & watch it in the stream on our facebook page or youtube channel! Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music; he’s become one of…

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Saturday, January 19 – 7:30pm
Ben Goldberg’s Glamorous Escapades

Saturday, November 19 – 7:30pm – $25-30 sliding scale – BYOB The man, the legend, the rumor – Ben Goldberg Ben is here with Ben Goldberg’s Glamorous Escapades, an all-sex star-tet! Who’s in this band, you ask? How about Rob Sudduth, tenor saxophone; Danny Lubin-Laden, trombone; Will Bernard, electric guitar; Owen Clapp, electric bass; Jordan…

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Friday, November 18 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster meets the Vince Lateano Trio

Friday, November 18 – 7:30pm – $20 – BYOB Scott Foster joins forces with the Vince Lateano Trio Scott Foster, guitar Ben Stolorow, piano Peter Barshay, bass Vince Lateano, drums

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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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