653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Thursday, June 13th – 7pm
Memoirists Zack Rogow and Ona Gritz
with poet Daniel Simpson

In Hugging My Father’s Ghost, Zack Rogow explores the mystery of the father he never knew. Lee Rogow was a drama critic, glamorous man-about-town in 1950s Manhattan, World War II Navy captain—and died tragically when Zack was only three. With sharp pathos and laugh-out-loud humor, Rogow shows his family caught between assimilation and pride in their immigrant identity. Ona Gritz’s new memoir, Everywhere I Look is about sisterhood, grief, true crime and family secrets. Helen Fremont calls it “profound and beautifully written.” Rachel Simon says, “This is a book that will take hold of your emotions—and, if you’re willing, change you.” Daniel Simpson’s poetry collection Inside the Invisible is, in Ellen Bass’s words, “…a book of faith. Of desire. Of a blind poet asking, So how shall I live inside the invisible? With close attention to detail,the use of dialogue, and curiosity about the limits of communication, [Simpson] interrogates life and chooses to…

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Friday, June 14th – 6-8pm
Eric & the In Crowd
play Cole Porter

Not enough can be said about the songs Cole Porter gave us in his brilliant life. Eric Shifrin is devoting every second Friday to the music of the songwriters behind the jazz standards, and this week Cole Porter is the focus of two sets of great music played with a couple of his congenial and talented pals — bassist Simon Planting and drummer Mark Rosengarden. BYOB and a twenty for the band, and relax for a couple of hours at Bird & Beckett with live music to ease into the weekend.  

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Friday, June 14th – 8:30-10pm
The Lost Trio, a farewell date

In 1994, thirty years ago, The Lost Trio stepped into existence with a steady gig on Thursday nights at the Rose Pistola in San Francisco’s North Beach district. A four-year stint on Sundays at Cato’s Ale House in Oakland followed. The trio has a history of touring that’s focused on the west coast, where they’ve enjoyed festival dates, performance lectures and workshops at colleges and universities, live radio broadcasts, club and in-store performances, and more than a few wonderful engagements at Bird & Beckett. Saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, bassist Dan Seamans and drummer Tom Hassett have developed the trio’s music over a consistent history of private sessions, so that their public performances are deeply rooted in long interplay and friendship. Now, Phillip is moving with his wife to Maine, and though his performing career will undoubtedly bring him west from time to time, the trio is wrapping up this phase of…

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more excitement in mid-June & beyond!

Dozens of shows coming up in June, July and August! Keeping in mind there’s always –jazz in the bookshop on Fridays (usually two shows with separate admission, one at 6 and one at 8:30) –a 7:30 show every Saturday evening –and a show nearly every Sunday at 5pm. Reservations accepted by phone two weeks before any given show. Call (415) 586-3733 during store hours. – – – – – – – – – Check the events calendar linked from the navigation bar above for dates and preliminary details on upcoming shows, including: Saturday the 15th, The Lost Trio is back for a second night in a row, inviting guests Darren Johnston on trumpet and two wonderful multi-reed players – Beth Schenck and Sheldon Brown. It’s a who’s who of key San Francisco improvisers, playing the hits and playing out. Phillip is pulling up stakes and moving to Maine. We’re all…

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25th Anniversary Fundraising Push!

We have so many plans, so many commitments and so little to rely on save hard work, luck and fate! Make your mark on the culture by staking us to our plans, schemes, habits and dreams! Jazz and poetry don’t pay well in this alternative reality we call capitalism! It’s the hardscrabble commitment of the average citizen and the largesse of the few that allow organizations like ours to pay the artists AND keep the lights on. Thank you those who have our back! We do it for you and with you, and for and with the artists. If a tax deduction is a high priority for you, you’ll want to wait awhile before cutting us a check. We understand that, and in a few months we’ll have our nonprofit status back, we’re quite sure. Meanwhile, this drive is a pitch for non-deductible donations! The Bird &  Beckett Cultural Legacy…

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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 to the very first show of the current period, back on March 12, 2020, but that beautiful skein is no longer quite so easily accessed. Still, the evidence is there for those who dig. The March 12, 2020 show that signaled the shift was a Thursday evening performance by New York saxophonists Jessica and Tony Jones, both alumni of the Berkeley High jazz program, with NYC bassist Stomu Takeishi and local hero Deszon X. Claiborne on drums. The quartet’s booking for the night before at the Backroom over in Berkeley had been cancelled. A few…

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

 Bird & Beckett’s events open to the public have been back since mid-June 2021. Mask up if you’re inclined, and do come in! (Not vaxxed? Please get vaxxed and be safer!) Jazz, poetry & more live in the shop and live streamed Come to 653 Chenery if you’re in town! Doors open at 7:20 for our 7:30 shows. $20 cover for trios and quartets $25 for quintets, $30 for sextets, etc. Cash at the door please! BYOB and BYOglass, and pack out what you pack in! Please feel free to wear a mask in the shop. We trust the science and its processes, and we trust SF’s DPH to keep us up to date on best practices! Advised best practices as of early September 2021 was to wear a mask indoors around people. If that makes you a little more comfortable being inside this winter, then do feel free. Sure…

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Water under the bridge…

The posts that follow show you what’s come and gone. Search the videos on our youtube channel or facebook page to find evidence of what you remember, or what you missed! Then, make sure you catch the next thing that catches your fancy. The live streams are great, but live music in a room with folks you know or ought to get to know, that’s irreplaceable…

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Kim Shuck hosts Virtual Poets!
2nd & 4th Mondays
Monday, June 10th – 7pm
A Celebration of Mary TallMountain
with featured poets Kitty Costello
and Jesse James Johnson
open mic follows

On the 2nd Monday of each month Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate Emerita, hosts an on-line poetry reading with two featured poets and an open mic. Tonight’s reading, featuring Kitty Costello and Jesse James Johnson, is a tribute to the poet Mary TallMountain (1918-1994), whose influence on a generation was profound and resonates still. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84350265713?pwd=eE84V3BYdWxiSFBHNHhmdUt1WTUzdz09Meeting ID:  843 5026 5713Passcode: 244211 Kitty Costello is a San Francisco author, editor, therapist and teacher. Poet friends who influenced her most include Diane di Prima, who taught her early on how to tap into the creative wellspring within, and Mary TallMountain, with whom she shared the delights and transformative power of writing in community. Kitty is author of Upon Waking: New & Selected Poems, 1977-2017, co-editor of Muslim American Writers at Home: Stories, Essays & Poems of Identity, Diversity & Belonging 2021, and she has served 30 years on the editorial board of Freedom Voices, publishing…

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Sunday, June 9th – 5-7pm
Trouble Town
bluegrass quartet

San Francisco pickers, Trouble Town boil a hot pot of folk, bluegrass, swing, jazz and rock into a rebel blend of music with a big acoustic sound. The band’s musical chemistry and diverse influences have allowed them to pull from a deep musical well and make it a special stew all their own. Trouble Town is led by Western Swing Hall of Famer, Pam Brandon (AKA Belle of Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys) on bass and vocals, with Forrest Allen (Dusty Green Bones Band, Deep Thicket Dwellers) on mandolin and vocals, Mark Ignatius (Burl Haggard, Boots and The Katz, Das Tapes) on guitar and vocals, and Tyler Stegall (The High Water Line) on banjo and vocals. Formed in 2019, they worked through the next two years of the pandemic by performing outdoors in parks and driveways to the delight of music-starved onlookers and ever since has been honing their…

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Saturday, June 8th – 7:30-9:30pm
Tony Corman’s RPM3

The RPM3 Jazz trio is devoted to personalized renditions of jazz classics, standards from the Great American Songbook, and Brazilian gems. The members are Bay Area jazz stalwarts and the band is highly swinging and guaranteed to warm you up. Tony Corman, 7-string guitar in M3 tuning. Chuck Bennett, bass. Carrie Jahde, drums. $20 cover – cash or venmo at the door. byob. Jazz guitarist/arranger/composer Tony Corman is a proponent of M3 guitar, a symmetrical system of tuning introduced in 1964 by jazz guitarist Ralph Patt. The M3 system opens the door to a set of beautiful sonorities that are unavailable or impractical with conventional tuning, and Tony exploits this system to reinvent and enrich both classic favorites by Ellington and Gershwin as well as hidden jazz and bossa-nova jewels. Bassist Chuck Bennett has toured with Louis Bellson, the Beach Boys, and Maynard Ferguson. In California, he has played with…

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Friday, June 7th – 8:30-10pm
Keith Saunders Trio
bringing back the jazz vibe
of the Club Deluxe

Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass Smith Dobson V, drums $20 cover charge – cash or venmo at the door byob Continuing in a Club Deluxe vein, three stalwarts of that venue’s jazz bookings converge for ninety minutes of fiery bebop, standards and jazz classics from the music’s glory years. After cutting his teeth in Los Angeles, Keith led the NY Hardbop Quintet in New York releasing four albums in eight years before he migrated to San Francisco, where for 24 years he’s been in the top echelon of players from day one. Eric Markowitz learned much of what he knows about jazz from bussing in as a teen from Jersey to haunt the New York clubs, and most of what he knows about playing the jazz bass from veteran players in St. Louis; he’s learned the rest on innumerable club dates in the Bay Area since his arrival in…

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Friday, June 7th – 6-8pm
Liza Silva and Voz do Brasil

Veterans of the Bossa Nova! Until we lost the Club Deluxe during the great pandemic, Voz do Brasil was the late Sunday night house band of that legendary Haight Street nitespot and the long-time favorite of its owner, the late Jay Johnson, the Deluxe’s heart and soul. Sao Paulo-born, vocalist Liza Silva toured internationally for years with Walter Wanderley–the man who helped popularize bossa nova in America and around the world in the 60’s with the hit “Summer Samba.” She’s also shared the stage with Brazilian greats including Joao Gilberto, Elsa Soares and Beth Carvalho, with Sade, Boz Skaggs and Bonnie Raitt, with Tito Puente, and with Bay Area luminaries Paula West, Tammy Hall, Wayne Wallace, Denise Perrier and Kim Nalley. For years, Liza has dedicated herself to performing traditional Brazilian repertoire for American and international audiences — Samba, Bossa Nova, Afro-Samba, Forro, Samba-Pagode, Samba-Reggae, Lambada and Carnival styles. The…

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Thursday, June 6th — 7-9pm
Featured poet Kimi Sugioka
followed by an open mic

Bird & Beckett presents a featured poet plus open mic reading on the first Thursday of each month. On June 6th, at 7pm, the featured reader will be Kimi Sugioka, the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California. Kimi is a mother, educator, songwriter and poet. Her newest book is Wile & Wing on Manic D Press. Kimi loves cats and birds and believes that creating community through art is a revolutionary act. An open mic follows. All are invited to read in the open. Free. Bird & Beckett’s monthly first Thursdays reading series is co-hosted by Michael Koch and Jerry Ferraz. The woman breathes, by Kimi Sugioka Her breast swells in dream in detritus in perilous fracture The woman holds the child the long spoon the tired baby the old man’s hand the worry like a kettle on a 400,000 year old fire The woman arranges flowers spices contrives encounters decoys…

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Sunday, June 2nd – 5-8pm
Tomorrow’s Jazz Today!
Urban High Bebop Combo plus Youth Jam Session

The Akira Tana Trio, with Ben Stolorow, piano and Robb Fisher, bass host a jam session for student players welcome from throughout the Bay Area. The jam is preceded by a jazz combo out of San Francisco’s Urban School. Phenomenally talented youth well schooled and ready to forge their own future of jazz!

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Saturday, June 1st – 7:30-9:30pm

Jim Campilongo, guitar Sam Reider, accordion & piano Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass Scott Amendola, drums $20 cover charge; byob. Spaghetti is a quartet formed by the rising star accordionist/pianist Sam Reider (a local prodigy gone global with his genre-busting, bluegrass-adjacent band, The Human Hands) and the renowned veteran guitarist Jim Campilongo (Jim Campilongo & the Ten Gallon Cats and a zillion projects since), featuring drummer Scott Amendola (TJ Kirk et seq) and bassist Giulio Xavier Cetto, the Jazz Thug. Original compositions by Campilongo and Reider collide with tunes by Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, Hank Williams and beyond.

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Friday, May 31st – 8:30-10pm
Red Fast Luck

David Boyce, reeds; PC Muñoz, percussion. $15 cover charge; byob. Red Fast Luck is a Bay Area-based improvising duo consisting of multi-reed sorcerer David Boyce (aka Black Edgar) and electro-acoustic percussionist PC Muñoz. Their EP, “Live in San Francisco”, is one of the featured albums on the San Francisco Public Library’s new curated streaming service, Bay Beats. Their first studio album, “Everything You Do Controls the World”, is out now (2024) on bandcamp; download it here. A new one-off single, “Three-Run Homer”, is also on bandcamp and on all streaming services. David Boyce/Black Edgar Originally from NYC, David Boyce graduated from Cornell University and taught elementary/junior high school in the Bronx. After his plans to move into the city became thwarted due to gentrification and high rents, he moved out to San Francisco just in time for the Loma Prieta earthquake. In 1991 he co-founded the iconic AfroFuturist jazz trio…

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Friday, May 31st – 6-8pm
Super Trio – Dobson/Markowitz/Messer

Smith Dobson, drums; Eric Markowitz, bass; Graham Messer, piano. $20 suggested cover charge. $10 for students and teens. kids 12 and under free. byob. A powerhouse trio massing the energy of two bandstand veterans and a young player fast emerging as a fiery voice on piano, proving that bebop lives.  

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Thursday, May 30th – 7:30pm
Author Event
Summer Brenner presents her book
Dust: A Memoir

“In this Boomer memoir, Driving Miss Daisy meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. With lilting eloquence, Summer Brenner captures the tumultuous fifties and sixties of a genteel Jewish family in Atlanta, with the South’s oppressive segregation and anti-Semitism. The family drama is fraught: the brother is a schizophrenic, the mother a Gucci-clad Medusa, and the father a suicide. After extensive travels, Brenner frees herself in the Bay Area to become ‘more beatnik than debutante.’” –James Nolan. Dust  (Spuyten Duyvil, 2024) is the latest of the many books published by Summer Brenner since her 1990 short story collection The Dancers and the Dance (Coffee House Press). Along the way, she has brought out a book of novellas, The Missing Lover, (Spuyten Duyvil, 2022) with collages by Lewis Warsh; a pair of noir crime novels and four youth social justice novels; as well as a half dozen volumes of poetry. Her…

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Sunday, May 26th – 5-7pm
Jam Session led by the Akira Tana Trio

Drummer Akira Tana is filling in for Vince Lateano tonight; Vince has a scheduling conflict. Ben Stolorow will be here on piano, together with Peter Barshay on bass. A great opportunity to learn from three seasoned professionals, and a great opportunity for audiences to discover talents they may not even have heard of yet. $20 suggested cover charge for adults. $10 for students. Free to musicians playing in the jam session. byob.

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Saturday, May 25th – 7:30-9:30pm
Jonah Cabral’s Young Lions Sextet

Jonah Cabral, alto saxophone & leader; Will Berg, tenor saxophone; Armen Krakirian, trumpet; Charles Chen, piano; Alex Farrell, bass; Kirk Duplantis, drums.$20-30 sliding scale cover charge; byob. Jonah Cabral is one of the rising saxophonists in the jazz scene today. He has played throughout the world including South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and extensively in the United States. He has shared the stage with musicians such Carl Alan, Nicholas Bearde, Tiffany Austin, Vince Lateano, Akira Tana and many others. In 2021 Jonah released his first album as a co-leader in dedication to the great Bud Powell and in 2022 he released his solo album recorded live in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

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Friday, May 24th – 8:30-10:00pm
The Rent Romus Spirit Quartet

Eli Knowles – drums; Quinn Gerard – bass; Brett Carson – piano; Rent Romus  – saxophone. $20 cover charge; byob. A titan of the San Francisco avant garde scene, both as a saxophonist and with his record label, Edgetone, Rent Romus has just recently established the Spirit Quintet, with a chemistry that’s given him a massive infusion of positive energy. Rent has long led the Lords of Outland, a free improvisation unit; the Life’s Blood Ensemble, a composition-based contemporary group; and the Otherworld Ensemble, a Finnish/American collective exploring new perspectives in heritage and traditional folk. Over the years, he has recorded well over 50 albums, exploring a wide variety of musical settings which have included beat poet founder ruth weiss, and creative music pioneers Chico Freeman, John Tchicai, and Vinny Golia, Teppo Hauta-aho, Heikki Koskinen, Thollem McDonas, Stefan Pasborg, Marcos Fernandez, and Ernesto Diaz-Infante to name a few. He is…

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Friday, May 24th – 6-8pm
Tony Johnson Quartet

Bob Kenmotsu, tenor sax; Ben Stolorow, piano; Eric Markowitz, bass; Tony Johnson, drums. $20 suggested donation; kids free; students $10. Tony Johnson has a monthly fourth Fridays residency at Bird & Beckett, leading his quartet in the odd numbered months and the 230 Jones Street band in the even numbered months. The players are all seasoned veterans of the San Francisco jazz scene, drawing on a deep well of material and thousands of hours sharing the bandstand over many years.

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Thursday, May 23rd – 8-10pm
Adam Gay Quartet

Bassist Adam Gay has been a key player at Bird & Beckett for decades, though he moved to Brooklyn in 2019. In New York, he’s been playing with friends such as pianists Jinjoo Yoo and James Austin, guitarist Ki Hong Jang, Saxophonist Chris Byars, and drummer Keith Balla amongst others. Adam travels to San Francisco for gigs a couple times a year, and we’re more than pleased to find a spot in our calendar for him. Thursday the 23rd from 8-10pm, Adam will lead a quartet date here with long-time colleagues Bob Kenmotsu on tenor sax and Tim Bulkley on drums, as well as a pianist who’s been making big waves on the San Francisco scene, Graham Messer. They’ll play compositions by Hank Jones, Oscar Pettiford and Gigi Gryce, and some American song book standards as well. $20 cover charge; byob. Here’s video of Adam with his quintet performing at…

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Wednesday, May 22nd – 7pm
Author event with William Gee Wong
journalist and memoirist
Sons of Chinatown

Author William Gee Wong reads from and discusses his book, Sons of Chinatown: A memoir rooted in China and America, a dual memoir of his and his father’s parallel experiences in America. The author’s father entered the U.S. legally as the “son of a native,” despite having partially false papers, and he himself was born and raised in Oakland’s Chinatown. Wong received his B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley and M.S. at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His print journalism career was spent at The Wall Street Journal (1970-1979) and The Oakland Tribune (1979-1996). He also worked for The San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco News Call Bulletin, and has written for the San Francisco Examiner, East West: the Chinese American Journal, and Asian Week, among other publications. In the mid-1960s, he served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines. From 1995-1996, he was a…

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Events Wednesday 5/15 to Sunday 5/19
Wed: Jonathan Richman & David Alvarez
present a night of Spanish poetry
Thursday: Walker Brents III on Edgar Allan Poe
The Friday Happy Hour: The Scott Foster Combo
The Friday Late Show: The Ryan Ancheta Quartet
Saturday Night: Vocalist Tiffany Austin & Her Trio
Sunday at 5: The Vince Lateano Trio
with John Calloway

A very big week wraps up Sunday 5/19/24 at Bird & Beckett with the monthly, third-Sundays 5-7pm residency of the Vince Lateano Trio (Ben Stolorow, piano; Peter Barshay, bass; Vince Lateano, drums) — with special guest John Calloway on flute and small percussion. Adults $20 cover; music students and teens, $10 cover. Help us pay a guaranteed “fair” wage to the trio, and a respectful guarantee to their guest, Dr. John Calloway! This current run of shows started back on Wednesday the 15th like this… — A night of Spanish poetry with Jonathan Richman and David Alvarez Wednesday 5/15 at 7:30pm, $20 cover; students 23 and under, $10 suggested.     — A talk by Walker Brents III on Edgar Allan Poe Thursday evening 5/16 at 7:30pm, $15. — Guitarist Scott Foster‘s monthly third-Fridays “jazz happy hour” residency, 5/17, 6-8pm, this time out with drummer Tom Hassett mapping the territory…

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Saturday, May 18th – 7:30-9:30pm
Vocalist Tiffany Austin & Her Trio

Tiffany Austin, vocals; Adam Shulman, piano; Kevin Goldberg, bass; Mark Lee, drums. $20 cover charge; byob. Born and raised in South Los Angeles, Austin grew up in a house filled with music. Her parents listened to soul and pop masters like Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, while her Louisiana Creole grandmother introduced her to jazz. “She really taught me what soul was about,” Austin says. “She had a great sense of herself, and didn’t let anyone make her feel less than herself. When I sing the blues or jazz, I draw on that Grandmama place.” Her older brother John Austin IV was also a profound influence. A celebrated emcee and rapper, he’s best known as Ras Kass. “He got signed to a record label at 17,” she recalls. “I watched him pursue his music, for better or worse, He never had a day job, and sustained himself from music. I’d…

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Events Friday 5/10 to Sunday 5/12
Eric & the In Crowd play Richard Rodgers
Sebastian Pinillos plays Afro-Peruvian Jazz
Marina Crouse sings boleros & jazz
The Seducers play honky tonk country
Jan Jakut plays solo guitar

Sunday 5/12, 5-7pm: The Seducers! Joe Goldmark, pedal steel guitar; Mitch Polzac, lead guitar and vocals; Hank Maninger, bass guitar and vocals; Kenny Owen, drums. BYOB and a twenty for the band. Kids free. On the second Sunday of each month, you’ll hear Americana music at Bird & Beckett, and in the odd numbered months, that means it’s time for the Seducers! Indisputably America’s favorite honky tonk band. and Sunday at 7:30pm, guitarist Jan Jakut, solo…   THAT’S HOW IT ENDS, THIS WEEKEND. SURE ENOUGH… How did it all start???? How did we get here? like this… Friday 5/10, 6-8pm: Eric & the In Crowd The Composers Series. This month, the focus is on the music of Richard Rodgers. The In Crowd is: ~~Eric Shifrin, piano and vocals; ~~Chuck Bennett, bass; ~~Mark Lee, drums. The Jazz Happy Hour, 22 years running! Every Friday save two since 2008! $20 suggested donation…

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Sunday, May 5th – 5-8pm
Two jazz combos from
Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
jam session with the Akira Tana Trio follows

Bird & Beckett makes way for the next generation on the first Sunday of each month! On the first Sunday of each month, you’ll hear what youth well schooled in jazz can do. The musicianship on display is always amazing, delightful and fills us with confidence in the future of the culture. This time out, the jazz program at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts will field two combos, and drummer Akira Tana will lead the jam session to follow, with the able assistance of pianist Parker Grant and Heshima Mark Williams on bass — three first-call musicians of the highest caliber, all well attuned to the tradition by which those finding their way in jazz learn the intricacies of playing in the moment with others they have often just met, speaking a common language and developing a conversation that has depth, joy and profundity that’s inclusive of the audience.…

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Friday, March 31st – 5:30-8pm
Jinx Jones Trio

Luxurious guitar and exotica. Cool swing and soul with a hot trio. That’s Jinx’s jazz bag! Long-time Bird & Beckett fans know that bag well, though most beyond our cozy niche know him only for his rockabilly twang and train songs, whether wafting out the swinging doors of the Saloon across from Caffe Trieste or ringing loud from the stage of the annual Glen Park Festival. You can nudge Jinx that way for a minute if you want to try, he’s a reasonable man. But his true compass points to the jazz north star tonight, and a star he is in that glistening firmament. It’s jazz and Swedish pastry you’ll get from Jinx and his trio tonight! Welcome a true and capable apostle of the many towering gods of the jazz guitar traditions, from Freddie Green to Charlie Christian to Tal Farlow to Wes Montgomery to Barney Kessel to Joe…

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