Friday, January 22 – 7:30pm
230 Jones Street Irregulars
jazz live streamed from Bird & Beckett every Friday!

Jazz streamed live from the bookshop every Friday evening at 7:30 pm. Tonight, jazz veterans Tony Johnson (drums) and Glen Deardorff (guitar) — long known to Bird & Beckett regulars as members of the 230 Jones Street, Local 6 Literary Jazz Band — join forces tonight in a quartet date with reed player Charlie McCarthy…

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Saturday, January 23 – 7:30pm
The Lost Trio

  Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone Dan Seamans – bass Tom Hassett – drums Catch the show from the screen at the top of this website! That’s a brand new thing, so we’ll see how it goes this weekend. If you run into any trouble at all (and you might!), you’ll find the stream on…

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Living in the Purple Tier

Collaborate to keep San Francisco safe, neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block, household by household, shop by shop; for our part, we’ll operate chiefly at the door until the tragedies subside and the experts & authorities let us know that the tide has turned in our favor again. We’ll be allowing in just a few…

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

Scroll down to read the posts for the shows we’ve mounted in the past seven-plus months, since the pandemic lock-down began. Every time you see the “load more” button, go ahead. It’ll stop offering you that option once you’ve arrived at the first show of the current period, back on March 12th. The March 12th…

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Saturday, January 16 – 7:30pm
Andrew Stephens / Dexter Williams / Carson Messer
jazz live streamed from the bookshop

Tonight, exuberant jazz from trad to bop with trumpeter Andrew Stephens, bassist Dexter Williams and drummer Carson Messer. Rooted in the Sacramento jazz scene, the three have long years in the music that belie their youth. Catch the show from the screen at the top of this website! That’s a brand new thing, so we’ll…

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Friday, January 15 – 7:30pm
The Scott Foster Trio
with Eric Markowitz & Smith Dobson V
plays music to soothe the soul.
jazz streamed live from the bookshop every Friday!

Just about now, we can all use an evening that takes us away from the pain of our times. Scott, Eric and Smith will give us that, and will attest to the promise of better times coming. Three fine musicians of long association, all familiar to Bird & Beckett audiences from countless jazz dates over…

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A Tribute to Q. R. Hand
Bird & Beckett Poetry Series On Zoom
Monday, January 11 – 7pm

Q. R. Hand was a hip & humble & towering figure among San Francisco poets for decades, since his arrival from Brooklyn in 1970. We’ve just lost him at age 83. San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck hosts a reading in tribute to Q. R. featuring a number of poets who knew him well.  …

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Saturday, January 9 – 7:30pm
Eric & the In Crowd

Eric Shifrin, jazz pianist par excellence and free spirit, has gathered the In Crowd in the City’s saloons and salons for decades. Tonight, he’s bringing in Ollie Dudek on bass and Mark Lee on drums for two eclectic sets of jazz pearls, pop tunes and your occasional novelty number. Gems from Jelly Roll Morton to…

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Friday, January 8 – 7:30pm
The Dan Neville Quartet

The remarkable young vibraphonist Dan Neville has just returned from a year-long immersion in Cali, Colombia. While he had arrived in Cali with plans to stay from January-March 2020, Dan found himself stranded in Colombia as the pandemic hit and closed Colombia’s borders. Dan made good use of the time overseas, traveling frequently to Colombia’s…

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Sunday, January 3 – 7:30 pm

Jazz, Poetry & Afrobop! Avotcja with the Genius Wesley Trio Avotcja lives and breathes as poet, musician, musicologist, broadcaster, mentor of young artists, friend and colleague of countless others. With her programs on KPOO (La Verdad Musical) and KPFA (Bebop, Cubop and the Musical Truth), she’s exhibited for decades her deep connection to Afro-Caribbean, African…

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Saturday, January 2 – 7:30 pm
The Larry Vann Trio

Larry Vann, the Groove Merchant, brings his long-time working trio, with Michael Warren on bass and Tim Landis on guitar, for 90 minutes of jazz, soul, blues and funk. Larry has performed with Curtis Mayfield, Elvis Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite, among a raft of superstars, and he’s played the Bird & Beckett stage many times,…

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New Year’s Day, 7:30 pm
Kalil Amar Wilson & His Trio
set the tone for 2021!

Kalil is one of the most riveting jazz vocalists to come along in a generation. He was raised here in the Bay Area on Nigerian Afrobeat and Highlife music, classically trained for the world’s opera stages, then spirited into a world of jazz, enraptured by the jewels of melody, rhythm and eloquence of the bountiful…

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We can’t let 2021 arrive unheralded, so there’s a full weekend ahead for you starting tonight,
New Years’ Eve, at 11:45 pm

Joshua Raoul Brody has a half hour of song for you from the Bird & Beckett stage from 11:45pm to 12:15am tonight to ring out the old year and bring on the new! Don’t fret if you just need to bury your head under your pillow tonight. It will be up for viewing the next…

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Jazz is Back at Bird & Beckett!
The Duncan James Trio
Live Stream this Sunday
December 27 at 7:30p.m.

Master guitarist Duncan James,  harmonically sophisticated and always swingin’, has played jazz on our stage countless times in the last couple of decades. He returns to Bird & Beckett for his traditional last-Sunday-of-the-year-booking, this time with Carla Kaufman on bass and Benny Watson on piano.   Tune in this evening at 7:30 pm on Facebook…

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Our gift to you…bookshop browsing noon to six, Tuesdays to Sundays…live streamed jazz, blues and philosophy Wednesday 12/16, Thursday 12/17 and Friday 12/18 at 7:30pm on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page…

Wednesday 12/16 at 7:30pm, Walker Talks! Catch Walker Brents III, the store’s resident mythologist philosopher poet, holding forth on the gift of truth. Lewis Hyde’s book, The Gift, is the inspiring text here, with Truth the enriching theme, like an intuitive moral compass. Clean simple spare lines betokening beautiful proportions, inwardly sensed, like Shaker furniture…and…

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Friday, December 11 – 7:30-9:00pm
Vocalist Kalil Amar Wilson
and the Genius Wesley Trio
bring a little more joy to your holiday season

Live jazz from the bookshop every Friday since 2002! Tonight, jazz vocalist Kalil Wilson celebrates the holiday season with the Genius Wesley Trio Kalil Wilson, vocal Luis Peralta, piano Isaac Coyle, bass Genius Wesley, drums In less than a decade, vocalist Kalil Wilson has become one of the most potent and promising young vocalists of…

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Benefit Live Stream tonight, Sunday 12/6, at 7:30pm for
Third Parent Family & Youth Services!
music by the Giulio Xavier Cetto duo
with Javier Santiago on piano

Bird & Beckett’s Grants Coordinator Jenna Littlejohn hosts Third Parent Family and Youth Services co-founders Daveea Whitmire and Whitney White in a benefit to raise funds for Third Parent, an organization putting its current emphasis on delivering free meals and other support to families during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a broader goal of providing help…

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Saturday, December 5 – 7:30pm – live streamed on YouTube and Facebook
A Sublimely Jazzy Season of Love
Vocalist Kalil Amar Wilson and pianist Javier Santiago

Join us for a celebration of this Season of Love, with two wonderful musicians in close collaboration on the bookshop stage. Share an evening with vocalist Kalil Amar Wilson and pianist Javier Santiago, two master musicians joining together to present a Holiday program wrapped up just for lovers. Children of all ages are invited to…

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Friday, December 4 – 7:30pm, live streamed on YouTube and Facebook
Simon Rowe Organ Trio

We’re excited tonight to present a blazing and soulful 90-minute preview of the shape of Glen Park jazz to come, as the Simon Rowe Organ Trio, with Dave Mac Nab on guitar and Tony Johnson on drums, holds forth from the bookshop stage! The trio draws on the work of organ legends Melvin Rhyne and…

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Saturday, November 28 – 7:30pm
New Squatoolas
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night at Bird & Beckett

Jim Peterson, saxophone Scott Foster, guitar Joe Kyle, Jr., bass Larry Vann, drums The New Squatoolas return to Bird & Beckett with their high spirited survey of the New Orleans jazz & funk scene of the 1970s and 1980s. Catch the show on Bird & Beckett’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. $20 suggested donation / pay what you can…

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Friday, November 27 – 7:30pm
Jones Street Irregulars
jazz streamed from the bookshop,
every Friday after work

Tony Johnson — regular drummer for Bird & Beckett’s 4th Friday anchor group the 230 Jones Street Local 6 Literary Jazz Band (aka, the Chuck Peterson In Absentia Band) — leads the Jones Street Irregulars tonight through a tight & swinging 90-minute set of bebop & standards! Bob Kenmotsu, tenor saxophone Jeffrey Burr, guitar Eric…

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Wednesday, November 25 – 7:30pm
Walker Talks! on the radical politics of Romantic Era visionary William Blak2

William Blake is a towering and somewhat mystifying figure of the 18th Century Romantic Era in England, well known if scarcely understood for his visionary and unfathomable etchings and poetry. In parallel with his great artistic expression is a political sensibility that is at once timeless and immediate. Walker Brents III, in another of his…

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Saturday, November 21 – 7:30pm
Andrew Speight Quartet
live streamed

Andrew Speight – alto sax Keith Saunders – piano Essiet Essiet – bass Sylvia Cuenca – drums Bebop & Standards                 Catch the show on Bird & Beckett’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. $20 suggested donation / pay what you can at this link you can also simply go to PayPal…

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Friday, November 20 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster Trio with David Boyce
jazz streamed from the bookshop every Friday

Scott Foster, guitar David Boyce, saxophones Cairo McCockran, drums   Guitarist Scott Foster has been a keystone of the Bird & Beckett jazz scene since it started in 2002. Every third Friday he puts together a fresh aggregation to explore and celebrate another rich vein in the jazz gold mine.   Tonight, the trio promises…

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Saturday, November 14 – 7:30pm
Erik Jekabson Quartet
streamed live from Bird & Beckett

Two sets of standards and originals from four premier Bay Area jazz talents Erik Jekabson, trumpet Dave Mac Nab, guitar John Wiitala, bass Hamir Atwal, drums Catch the show on Bird & Beckett’s  Facebook page or YouTube channel. $20 suggested donation ~~pay what you can ~~ at this link you can also simply go to PayPal and send…

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Tonight, Friday the 13th!
Get Lucky with Eric & the In Crowd
streamed live from Bird & Beckett on YouTube and Facebook

Lucky us! Catch the show on Bird & Beckett’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. $20 suggested donation / pay what you can at this link you can also simply go to PayPal and send your donation to [email protected] or use the Venmo app on your smartphone and send to @birdandbeckett your generosity allows us to guarantee a “fair” wage…

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Sunday, November 8 – 7:30pm
Americano Social Club
live streamed music
for la dolce vita

The Americano Social Club reminds you to wear your mask, and minimize your riskier impulses… they do the same… but remind you also that you’re free in your hearts and souls, and for the very lucky ones, in the company of your very significant others… they’re pleased to offer up their music for the present…

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Available Now at Bird & Beckett

Hot off the press from your neighborhood bookshop just in time for the lame duck period. 75 million voters, and counting, have rejected fascism and lies. 70 million haven’t yet made that commitment. Bully Goat’s Bluff might change a few of their minds.

Fits nicely in an invitation envelope for mailing. Fits in a pocket as well.

~~ Poetry as philosophy to plumb the deeper truths of these times ~~

$15 and worth every penny
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Jerry Ferraz is a keystone of
the Bird & Beckett cultural edifice, built by you through your decades-long love and support.

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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