653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

Now open six days a week
Tuesdays to Sundays
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
with limited browsing
curbside pickup and delivery also available

1-415-586-3733
[email protected]

Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!

Some live streams coming up… 10 days, 7 events!

From the bookshop stage, mostly viewable on malevolent facebook, where you DO NOT need to be registered to tune in… just find the Bird & Beckett facebook page and gaze upon the goings on here in the shop! (fb doesn’t need to know your name or steal your information) here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/bird.and.beckett/   Friday,…

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Hey, it’s not June any more!!

Whither goeth jazz?! We’re cooking up a new idea for when jazz club opens back up. Stay tuned! Especially you members of the Jazz Philanthropists Union– you know who you are. Your country will be calling on you to make it work for all the peoples of jazznationsf. Ask not how, but when! Remember, what…

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Now open for business at the storefront six days a week!

We’re now open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. We can fill your requests for specific titles and help you find the books you don’t know you need. Upon request, we can admit you to the shop to browse. Walk down, take a bus or find a parking space — and visit our…

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coronavirus considerations – the proprietor is in and out, taking orders and making deliveries, seven days a week.

Live music on the bookshop’s stage every Friday and occasional Saturdays & Sundays, live streamed to the world, without an in-store audience

5/5 update: Slow down, people! Just kidding, but really, the onslaught of orders is hard to handle. We’re in it for the long haul, so we need to slow it down. Twenty years and counting now… When the City announces that you can come to — though not into — the shop, we’ll ask you…

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The Live Music Just Won’t Stop!

Miss your evenings in the bookshop listening to live music?

Live Streaming Friday, Saturday & Sunday

right in your living room, but more than six feet away!

The live streams from Bird & Beckett all started with Friday the 13th, when the towering saxophonist Michael Zilber brought his trio (Jason Lewis on drums and Tyler Harlow on bass) into the shop in the face of the exploding novel coronavirus crisis. Angela Bennett pioneered our broadcasting foray with these two tunes that ended…

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Check out past live streamed shows on the Bird & Beckett facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/bird.and.beckett/videos/?ref=page_internal Check it out!

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Friday, July 3rd – 7:00pm
live streamed jazz from the bookshop!
TonaLaura Duo
pianist Laura Klein & guitarist Tony Corman

  TonaLaura Jazz Duo is the musical marriage of the husband-and-wife team, pianist Laura Klein and guitarist Tony Corman.Laura’s unique, lyrical harmonic sense and Tony’s extraordinary arranging skills bring a rare richness to the duo format.  For this special performance, they’ll be playing a wide selection of tunes drawn from the Great American Songbook, bebop, Brazilian…

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Sunday, June 28th – 7 pm
Classical guitarist Lyle Sheffler plays solo
for a Bird & Beckett live stream on facebook

We’re pleased to present classical guitar soloist Lyle Sheffler this Sunday evening. As a performer, Lyle is an integral part of the San Francisco music community, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He also maintains a thriving teaching studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides classical guitar, Lyle is proficient on…

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Friday, June 26th – 7pm
jazz pianist Keith Saunders
a live stream concert on facebook
jazz in the bookshop every Friday since 2002

Keith Saunders is in the very top echelon of great jazz players in the region, with decades on the scene in New York, decades more in San Francisco and environs, many years leading his own quintet back east, a deeply felt bebop ethos and a vast knowledge of the music in all its forms. He’s…

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Thursday, July 25th – 7:30pm
Zan Stewart: Jazz Musician, Writer, Raconteur
talking about jazz & wailing on sax
a Bird & Beckett live stream via facebook

This Thursday, 7/25, at 7:30pm, we present a live stream talk and performance by Zan Stewart — decades in the jazz journalism business and decades more as a jazz saxophonist and composer. He has stories to tell about the greats he encountered in his writing career, and notes to blow by way of illustration, tribute…

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Sunday, June 21st – 2pm:
Wake Up America! If Not Now, When?
The first of two live streamed readings
taking place 6/21 & 7/12
Poets address the core issues of racism, oppression and struggle

A formidable roster of poets assembles this Sunday and three Sundays later for a reading addressing the searing moment, its long time coming and its crucial path forward. We are proud to be associated with this monumental gathering of voices at this pivotal moment in time Read at the link below an extensive piece prepared…

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Friday, Juneteenth – 7pm
Walter Earl, jazz pianist
a solo live stream

Jazz in the bookshop, every Friday! Jazz in America, and around the world, every minute of every day since the turn of the last century… and who can say when it really started. But jazz as we know it? It’s here now! This week, we present a return engagement by pianist Walter Earl — performer,…

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Thursday, June 18 – 7pm
Noel Jewkes 80th Birthday Live Stream
join us for a duo jazz date at the bookshop

reed player Noel Jewkes at Bird & Beckett Books

The Elegance of Noel Jewkes Saxophonist Noel Jewkes has been a revered and well loved figure on the San Francisco jazz scene for five decades plus, and he’s turning 80 today! We’ll celebrate in the bookshop with a duo concert featuring Noel and pianist Keith Saunders. Be sure to have some cake on hand at…

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Friday, June 12th – 7pm
live streamed jazz from the bookshop
Adam Shulman plays solo piano

Adam Shulman plays two sets of originals and jazz standards from swing to bop to the new thing. He’s been a driving force on the Bay Area jazz scene as ensemble player, soloist, accompanist, composer and bandleader since moving to San Francisco 18 years ago.  At 7pm, you’ll find the  facebook live stream here Scroll…

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Friday, June 5 – 7:00pm
a live jazz stream from the bookshop, featuring
Rich Lesnik, saxophone, & Jenny Ferris, vocals

Rich and Jenny have each had long careers in the jazz circles of the Bay Area, and have worked together in a variety of contexts, not least their marriage… As a “cohabitating couple” we’re able to let them stand unmasked within six feet of each other to perform from the Bird & Beckett stage, if…

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Sunday, May 31 – 2:30pm
Walker Talks! on Boccaccio’s Decameron
Walker Brents III in a live stream from Bird & Beckett

Boccaccio’s Muthologos Boccaccio (whose name means “mouth”) offers to us his purpose in composing The Decameron:  “to tell a hundred tales, or fables or parables or histories, call them what you will, told in ten days by a worthy group of seven ladies and three young men formed in the recent season of deadly pestilence,…

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Friday, May 29th – 7pm
Giulio Xavier Cetto / Javier Santiago duo

The bassist Giulio Xavier Cetto and the pianist Javier Santiago, both prominent figures on the San Francisco jazz scene, share an apartment here in San Francisco; fortunately, that cohabitating status allows us to book them as a duo for our live stream series, and we welcome them back! No in-store audience is allowed due to…

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jazz in the bookshop every Friday since 2002!
Friday, May 22nd – 5:30-8:00pm
Eric Shifrin plays jazz piano
live streamed to you!

Click here to view and listen on YouTube! King of the San Francisco saloon and salon pianists, Eric Shifrin sings too, and rolls through material from Cole Porter to Hoagy Carmichael to Gene Autry.   He’s been charming the swells, swindlers and stand-up guys in bars and bistros from the Barbary Coast to Nob Hill…

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Sunday, May 17th – 7:00 pm
vocalist Sherri Roberts and pianist David Udolf
a jazz live stream from Bird & Beckett

  Vocalist Sherri Roberts and pianist David Udolf are collaborators in music and life and household chores, including much dog walking. Incidentally, they’re wonderful musicians, both! They’ll present an evening of jazz standards, familiar and surprising, charming and impeccably performed. Settle in for a cozy hour of lovely music. Sherri has several albums to her…

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Friday, May 15th – sets at 5:30 and 7:00 pm
Saxophonist David Boyce
plays solo jazz, live streamed
from Bird & Beckett

A long-time force on the Bay Area jazz/hip hop/afro-funk music scene, David Boyce is revered for his work since the mid-1990s as a founding member of the Broun Fellinis as much as for his connection with the soprano saxophone genius of New Orleans jazz pioneer Sydney Bechet, aand so many points along the jazz journey.…

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Sunday, May 10 – 7:30 pm
Nashville Honeymoon
live streamed from Bird & Beckett

Come to Bird & Beckett via our live stream to celebrate with Nashville Honeymoon. Lynne Maes and Hank Maninger are the Tammy Wynette and George Jones of our time and place, though with much less alcohol. Two voices, two guitars, two songwriters. Cohabitating and so contagious! Remember while you’re here to pay the cover charge,…

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Friday, May 8th – 5:30pm
Pianist Walter Earl
live streamed from Bird & Beckett

Pianist / improviser composer / producer Walter Earl The music flows from Walter’s huge heart through his hands and the instrument to create a soulful experience you won’t be able to, and won’t want to shake.     Help us help Walter meet the bills in this time of few gigs and short bread! If…

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This Friday, May Day, 5:30-8:00pm!

Jeffrey Burr, solo jazz guitar

Live streamed from your living room away from home, to your living room at home!

Come back, virtually, to Bird & Beckett!

Few are better suited to a solo outing than guitarist Jeffrey Burr. Widely acknowledged as among the very top jazz guitarists in the Bay Area, he ranks with the best anywhere in contemporary jazz. Come to Bird & Beckett via our live stream this Friday evening, 5:30 to 8:00 pm for two sets of gorgeous…

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Sunday, April 26th – 4:30pm
live streamed from Bird & Beckett:
The JOA Trio! Co-housed musicians cover some ground!
John Calloway, Angela Doctor & Oliver Paddock

John Calloway – flute, piano & percussion Angela Doctor – vocals & percussion Oliver Paddock – piano, guitar, bass & vocals Three great musicians join forces to bring you an eclectic performance reflecting the wide variety of musical styles and tastes that go on under their own shared roof! click on these links: View/Listen   …

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Sunday, April 26th – 2:30 pm
Deep narratives of the soul: what the mind must hear, the heart says
Walker Brents III on Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeth’s
live streamed

Walker Talks on the last Sunday of each month, this time on Ezra Pound, in his end years at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Live streamed at 2:30 pm on Bird & Beckett’s facebook page.      

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Books

Books

"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."

-- Job Harriman, 1902

 

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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