Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm.

The Deluxe Special
jazz cooked to order!
Mike Olmos on Monday, Smith Dobson on Tuesday, Patrick Wolff on Wednesday, 7:30-10pm, July 26-28

    Mondays – July 12, 19 and 26 – 7:30-10pm The Mike Olmos Quartet 7/12 – Javier Santiago, piano; Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass; Brian Fishler, drums 7/19 – Keith Saunders, piano; Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass; Brian Fishler, drums 7/26 – Javier Santiago, piano; Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass; Jeff Marrs, drums     Tuesdays –…

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Tuesday, July 27 – 7:30-10pm
The Smith Dobson Quartet

Smith Dobson, tenor saxophone Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass Tony Johnson, drums Concluding their three-week “Deluxe Holiday” run, the Smith Dobson Quartet, led by a tenor player with a deep feeling for the cool intensity and beautiful facility of Lester Young and Stan Getz, takes the stage tonight. Two sets, with guest musicians sitting…

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Wednesday, July 28 – 7:30 pm
Patrick Wolff Quartet

Last date in our three week residency for Patrick Wolff’s quartet… don’t miss it. Patrick Wolff, tenor sax Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass James Gallagher, drums Guest musicians on the second set 7:30-10pm, $20 cover. Musicians, $10 ($5 back if you play) BYOB. Masks, please. Enjoy the music!

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Friday, July 30 – 7:30pm – LIVE STREAM ONLY TONIGHT
Avotcja & Modupue
poetry + jazz
celebrating Avotcja’s 80th birthday!

Avotcja – poetry and small percussion Francis Wong – saxophone Sandy Poindexter – violin Heshima – bass Myron Cohen – drums Avotcja digs deep in her poems and the band takes it to the outer limits of joy. Years and years of musical collaboration have yielded more ecstatic moments that we can count. Her group…

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Saturday, July 31 – 7:30pm
Darren Johnston Trio
jazz club
when the lights are low
every Saturday

Darren Johnston, trumpet Kasey Knudsen, saxophone Jon Arkin, drums Three musicians well equipped to explore uncharted territory in the music. jazz from the “out” side`

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Wednesday, August 4 – 7:30pm
The Sylvia Cuenca Trio
featuring Peter Zak on piano
and Essiet Essiet on bass

World class in your neighborhood jazz joint. What’s not to like? $20 cover — cash if you please! BYOB, and enjoy the music!

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Yes! Believe your five senses!
Shows for In-Store Audiences
have resumed!

Bird & Beckett’s events open to the public have returned! Mask up and come in! (see below for our advisory on that) Live jazz & more in the shop for audiences and live streamed through cyberspace! Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm + more Come on down to 653 Chenery if you’re in town! Doors…

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Dig this! A Bird & Beckett classic from the archive:
Grant Levin Quartet featuring Daawan Muhammad – 6/12/21

For decades now, Grant Levin has been one of the best kept secrets in jazz, and Bird & Beckett has been proud to present him literally hundreds of times since he arrived in the Bay Area in 2010. The performance documented here was the last of the live-stream only pandemic concerts we presented between March…

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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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Monday, July 26 – 7:30-10:00pm
Mike Olmos Quartet
Live in the shop
& live streamed on YT & Fb

Mike Olmos, trumpet Javier Santiago, piano Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass Jeff Marrs, drums Concluding a three-week “Deluxe Holiday” run, Mike Olmos leads a hard bop date guaranteed to please, featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest jazz players. Two sets, with guest musicians sitting in on the second set. Can’t make it to the shop…

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Monday, July 26 – 7pm
Zoomed Poetry Release Reading – Kim Shuck hosts!
Essential Truths,
the new anthology from
editor Shizue Seigel

SF Poet Laureate Emerita Kim Shuck hosts the Bird & Beckett Poets!Zoom Tonight, Monday, July 26:  A zoomed poetry release reading for Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color – the new anthology from poet/writer/editor Shizue Seigel. “It’s about standing strong in the Fillmore and Japantown. What is valuable about the old inner-city communities that…

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Saturday, July 24 – 7:30pm
Rova Saxophone Quartet
jazz club
when the lights are low
every Saturday

  Call to reserve a seat now! Rova has been a force on the international festival circuit for decades, but makes its home in San Francisco. Tonight, Rova digs in deep at Bird & Beckett! Bruce Ackley, soprano sax Steve Adams, alto sax Larry Ochs, tenor sax Jon Raskin, baritone sax Read up on Rova…

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Friday, July 23 – 7:30pm
Tony Johnson Quartet’s 230 Jones Street Irregulars
It must be the fourth Friday!

Drummer Tony Johnson anchors Bird & Beckett’s jazz scene on the fourth Friday of every month. Hear him tonight in the company of one of the great veteran saxophonists on the scene, Charlie McCarthy, guitarist Glen Deardorff and bassist Jeff Saxton. Guaranteed swinging bebop & bossa. Tony hit San Francisco in 1959, fresh off the…

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Wednesday, July 21 – 7:30-10pm
The Patrick Wolff Quartet

Deluxe Jazz in July at Bird & Beckett Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7:30 to 10pm Tonight, Wed. 7/21: The Patrick Wolff Quartet Patrick Wolff, tenor saxophone Jeffrey Burr, guitar Eric Markowitz, bass James Gallagher, drums $20 cover in the store; $10 cover on the stream Staying home, but want to hear the music? Catch our…

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Saturday, July 17 – 7:30pm
Peter Barshay + Grant Levin + Hamir Atwal
jazz club, when lights are low
every Saturday

Barshay/Atwal/Levin: A Trio Bassist Peter Barshay has recorded, performed and toured with an impressive range of musicians during his career spanning five decades. He began that career in the San Francisco Bay Area, moving east in 1978 to join the dynamic New York City jazz scene. During his 17-year New York residency, he performed with…

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Friday, July 16 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster Organ Trio with Lorenzo Farrell
live jazz in the bookshop and in the stream every Friday and Saturday evening!

Scott Foster has been the skeleton key to the Bird & Beckett jazz sanctum since it kicked in in earnest, back in late 2002. Back then, Chuck Peterson, a Glen Park neighbor and a professional jazz musician working in the theater district pit bands–and also a proud Local 6 union member, started fielding a quartet…

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Sunday, July 11 – 10 a.m.
Kelly Dessaint in conversation with Denise Sullivan
SF Lives: Live Talks, every second Sunday morning
live streamed from the bookshop

Join San Francisco columnist Denise Sullivan for a series of morning discussions with The City’s arts and cultural leaders and lesser-known workers, the everyday people who help make this place we call home, every second Sunday at 10 am, live streamed from Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park. This morning, Sunday, July 11 at…

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Saturday, July 10 – 7:30pm
Wendy DeWitt, the Queen of Boogie Woogie
jazz club
when the lights are low
every Saturday

Wendy brings her trio back to Bird & Beckett for a fresh take on the boogie woogie. Guaranteed pleasure & good times! With Takezo Takeda on guitar and Kirk Harwood on drums. Come down to Bird & Beckett for a grand time. Doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 show; be sure to byob (and…

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Friday, July 9 – 10pm
Tongo Eisen-Martin & Friends

Poet/Educator/Activist Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco Poet Laureate, hosts six individuals who we’re proud to present in the shop tonight. Audience welcome. A live stream will carry the event for those not comfortable venturing out, whether due to dark of night, lack of transit or any other reason. But rest assured, the in-person experience will be…

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Friday, July 9 – 7:30pm
Pepe Jacobo Quartet
jazz!
live-streamed from the bookshop
every Friday evening

Pepe Jacobo Quartet Bob Crawford, piano Jason Muscat, bass Carlos Caro, congas Pepe Jacobo, drum set and percussion Doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 shows. $20 cover, cash, payable at the door. BYOB and BYOglass, and please pack out what you bring in! No masks required if fully vaccinated. Pepe Jacobo is an ebullient…

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Saturday, July 3 – 7:30pm LIVE STREAM ONLY
Avotcja + Carlos Reyes
+ The Genius Wesley Trio
jazz club when the lights are low every Saturday

Avotcja’s Almost 80 Birthday Concert 2 sets of poetry and music Set 1: Avotcja with Carlos Reyes on Paraguayan Harp & Flute Set 2: Acotcja with the Genius Wesley Trio LIVE STREAMED FROM THE SHOP — NO AUDIENCE TONIGHT A major poet and writer in many genres. A devotee of beautiful music, particularly from the…

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Friday, July 2 – 7:30pm
Jim Peterson Trio
live jazz in the bookshop every Friday night

Larry De La Cruz, saxophone Jim Peterson, saxophone Scott Foster, guitar Decades of shared history on the San Francisco jazz scene Good times, great music Doors open 7:20pm Music at 7:30pm $20 cash at the door BYOB / BYOGlass Pack it in / Pack it out No food in the shop just yet, thanks! Also…

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Thursday, July 1 – 7:30pm Live Stream
Walker Talks: On Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

Walker Brents III delves into diverse subjects in a monthly sequence of talks. Tonight, he holds the 16th century adventurer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca to the light. Ultimately, Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was one of just four survivors of the Narváez expedition, which set out from Spain in 1527 with five ships and 600…

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Saturday, June 26 – 7:30pm
live in the shop and in the cyberstream
Lost Shapes

$20 cover charge, cash at the door; byob.     $10 online donation requested for the live stream – youtube / fb

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Saturday, June 19 – 7:30pm
Ben Esposito Quartet
featuring Mike Olmos
jazz! live in the shop and live-streamed!

Mike Olmos, trumpet Javier Santiago, piano Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass Ben Esposito, drums Mike Olmos is one of the towering legends of San Francisco jazz! Javier Santiago and Giulio Xavier Cetto are two of its top players! And young Ben Esposito is coming on strong. Drummer Ben Esposito is a Bay Area native, born and…

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Friday, June 18 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster Quintet
jazz with Scott!
live-streamed from the bookshop
third Friday of every month

Milestones! Bird & Beckett: 21 years in business The Proprietor: 65 years on the planet The Concert! (catch it in our live stream) THE SCOTT FOSTER QUINTET Scott Foster, guitar Mike Olmos, trumpet Joe Cohen, tenor saxophone Charles Thomas, bass Jeff Marrs, drums View our live streams on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. No audiences…

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Denise Sullivan’s SF Lives
2nd Sunday mornings: live streamed chats in the bookshop

Sunday, June 13 – 10am
A conversation with
artist/networker Anna Lisa Escobedo

Join San Francisco columnist Denise Sullivan for a series of morning discussions with The City’s arts and cultural leaders and lesser-known workers, the everyday people who help make this place we call home, every second Sunday at 10 am, live streamed from Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park. This morning, Denise will engage artist…

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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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