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

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Wednesday, August 17 – 7:30pm
Annette A. Aguilar’s Beans on the Left
featuring Anthony Blea on violin

Anthony Blea, violin Bob Crawford, piano Mike Arnold, bass Annette A. Aguilar, drums Hi-Octane Latin Jazz from some of the great practitioners of the art! Annette left San Francisco for New York at a young age thirty years ago, well grounded in the music since childhood — from family traditions and Mission District experience in…

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Thursday, August 18 – 7:30pm
Zilber/Stowell Duo

Guitar legend John Stowell and master saxophonist Michael Zilber have enjoyed a fertile musical relationship stretching back two decades, including three critically-acclaimed cds on Origin Records. 2015’s “Basement Blues” was a Downbeat “Top CD of the Year.” Zilber and Stowell have performed numerous times together through the years at leading venues on both coasts, but…

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Mask policy of this mid-August moment!

Yes, covid still stalks the land. Fortunately, it’s less impactful. Unfortunately, unlike the measles, these coronavirus variants morph constantly and science, public policy and individual behaviors all scramble to keep up or (in the latter two areas) simply fail to make a consistent effort to do the right thing — whatever that may be! It’s…

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Plenty coming up the rest of August!

Scott Foster Jazz Quartet with trumpeter Henry Hung, probing late-20th century pop, Fri 8/19 at 7:30pm. Tim Daisy, a Chicago drummer of the Velvet Lounge variety, leading a quartet with local heavyweights Greenlief/Mezzacappa/Bruckmann, Sat Aug 20 at 7:30pm. Eric Shifrin/Paul Mehling Quartet + Mario Guarneri’s TBD Quartet, a double bill, Sun Aug 21 — sets…

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Saturday, August 27 – 7:30pm
Neil Adler and Larry Dunlap
Jazz Chromatic Harmonica and Piano Virtuosos
Meet for the First Time

Neil Adler is one of a handful of chromatic harmonica masters who have followed the great Toots Thielemans in the past six decades. A notoriously nuanced and difficult instrument, very few have invested their time and talents in taming the beast and making it sing as well as Neil. He’s been a guest harmonica artist…

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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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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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Fight the deep cuts continuing at
City College of San Francisco

Ballot measure on the November 2022 ballot: In the face of five years of program cuts, course cuts, faculty and staff layoffs, all of which have accelerated substantially in the past past few months, activist faculty, staff and friends of CCSF, the Revenue Unity Coalition (RUC – a group of labor leaders from SEIU 1021,…

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Sunday, August 14 – 5pm
Second Sundays Sin & Celebration
Todd Swenson’s This Side Up
featuring Derek Evans

Soul singer extraordinaire Derek Evans and guitar master Todd Swenson make This Side Up a band whose contents will not settle upon shipment. Come & get stirred up, little darlin’s! You’ve got a deluxe experience in store… $20 cash cover, and an extra fiver if you’ve got it. Five great musicians making you feel like…

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Sunday, August 14 – 11am
Daveea Whitmire, of Third Parent Family,
in conversation with Jenna Littlejohn, activist & development strategist.
Journalist Denise Sullivan’s SF Lives Live Talks stream monthly from Bird & Beckett every 2nd Sunday morning!

San Francisco journalist Denise Sullivan’s invaluable SF Lives project lives on in a monthly second-Sunday-mornings series of live-streamed conversations from Bird & Beckett. She’s out today, but Jenna Littlejohn, who’s assisted in our livestream production of this series since its inception, will step up to take Denise’s place at the microphone. SF Lives began and…

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Friday, August 12 – 7:30pm
Stephanie Woodford Quartet

Stephanie Woodford, piano & vocals Curtis Aikens, bass Brandon Farmer, drums Noah Frank, trumpet Originals plus jazz and soul classics from a brilliant young musician. $20 cash cover charge at the door. Doors open at 7:20pm. BYOB. If you can’t come to the show, you can find a live stream on our YouTube channel or…

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Thursday, August 11 – 7:30pm
Avotcja & Carlos Reyes – Live Stream Only

A duo performance by a master of the Paraguayan harp together with a revered poet/musician, reprising their encounter at Bird & Beckett a year ago. No in-store audience for this one. View it on Bird & Beckett’s YouTube channel or Facebook page. Your voluntary donation makes it possible for us to reward the artists for…

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Wednesday, August 10 – 7:30pm
Nora Stanley / Noah Gershwin Duo
plus Mia Pixley, solo cello/voice

Mia Pixley, cello/voice, plays solo followed by a duo set by Nora Stanley, saxophone, with Noah Gershwin, guitar. $20 cash cover charge at the door. Doors open at 7:20. BYOB. Can’t make it to the show? What!!??? Ok, you can watch it in the stream on the Bird & Beckett YouTube channel or Facebook page!…

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Tuesday, August 9 – 7:30pm
TNT: The Tenia Nelson Trio
on tour out of Denver!

Tenia Nelson, keys Brendan O’Donoghue, bass Alex Tripp, drums  As a LifeForce Jazz Records artist, pianist, percussionist, composer and arranger, and educator, Tenia Renee Nelson has 20 years-plus teaching experience in ALL levels of education (Early Childhood through University). At the present time, Tenia teaches music at Denver Language School, teaches privately in her music…

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Sunday, August 7 – 5pm
Tomorrow’s Jazz Now!
Young Players Test the Traditions
CMC 7-Piece Combo

The first Sunday of each month, Bird & Beckett is proud and pleased to host a jazz combo comprising students from a local music school, college or high school opening the program, followed by a student-oriented jam session led by the Akira Tana Trio. At 5pm we present another ensemble of musicians from San Francisco’s…

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Saturday, August 6 – 7:30pm
Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz
Hammond Organ Party!

Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz – Hammond Organ Party! Hammond Organ Party! brings a soul-drenched singer and a prodigious B-3 practitioner into a loose and limber, movin’ and groovin’ Saturday night celebration. Pamela and Wayne, with top-shelf sidemen, are ready to romp through two sets of rare jazz standards, blues and R&B classics. Co-led…

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Friday, August 5 – 7:30pm
Life is a Romance
The Tony Saunders Quartet

Tony Saunders’ smooth contemporary jazz and R&B are infused with soul… doors open at 7:20pm reservations, call 415-586-3733 $20 cash cover charge byob Nothing beats live jazz in the shop, but if you can’t make it… Find the live stream on our Facebook page or YouTube channel Two-time Emmy Award winning bassist, composer, producer, a…

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Thursday, August 4 – 7pm
Three Poets: Cherkovski/Robinson/Bernheimer
open mic follows

Live streamed on Facebook and Youtube. Neeli Cherkovski sits comfortably among San Francisco poetry royalty’s best kept secrets — a secret if only because few pay sufficient attention to the riches we have here. He’s hiding in the bright daylight of Bernal, easy to find, easy to love. Migrating from San Bernardino to Los Angeles…

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Saturday, July 30
Higher Ed Jazz Double Header!
Fresh from the Stanford Jazz Workshop
Jazz with all its faculties intact!
6:30pm – Jayla Chee Quartet
8:30pm – Caroline Davis Quartet

School’s out for summer! Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty hightail it up the highway to San Francisco to Bird & Beckett for a blow out double header tonight! Quartets at 6:30 and 8:30. Come for the early show and stay for the late show at half price ($20 cover charge for each / $30 for the…

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Sunday, July 31
Joseph Tingin solo singer songwriter 5-6pm
Vince Lateano Doggone Jazz Jam Session 7-9pm

Most Glen Park denizens know Joseph Tingin from the hardware store at the corner. But a few of you have heard him here at Bird & Beckett and elsewhere as a sweet, soulful and charming singer-songwriter. Drop in and say hi to him on the job, and buy a new pipe wrench or something! While…

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Friday, July 29 – 7:30pm
Kai Lyons Trio

  Jazz! Two sets Bring a twenty for the band & byob Also viewable on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Donations appreciated per the information on the screen!   Kai Lyons, guitar Jaimeo Brown, drums Hans Glawischnig, bass   If you don’t know who Kai Lyons is or what a terrific jazz guitarist he…

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Thursday, July 28 – 7:30pm
Citta di Vitti
Greenlief/Mezzacappa/Levis

Citta di Vitti Phillip Greenlief, saxophone Lisa Mezzacappa, bass Jason Levis, drums $20 cash cover charge at the door Reservations, call 415-586-3733 byob and a mask Citta di Vitti, 15 years from its inception, revisits the music inspired by the films of Michelangelo Antonioni composed by Phillip Greenlief, and performed by Greenlief, Lisa Mezzacappa and…

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Wednesday, July 27 – 7pm
Sony Holland & Jerry Holland
SONGS OF LINDA RONSTADT

Sony Holland and her guitarist/husband, Jerry, spent a good part of the pandemic lockdown focusing on a tribute to one of the greatest female rock stars in the music industry, Linda Ronstadt, whose iconic recordings and memorable concert performances include mega-hits like “When Will I Be Loved,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,”  “Desperado,” “Blue Bayou” and…

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Monday, July 25 – 7pm
Author Event/Book Signing
“The Real Ambassadors”
author Keith Hatschek
in conversation with Simon Rowe
on Hatscheck’s new book

Attend in person, or catch the live stream on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. Doors open at 6:30pm. No charge. Books available for purchase. Keith Hatschek’s new book, The Real Ambassadors: Dave and Iola Brubeck and Louis Armstrong Challenge Segregation (University Press of Mississippi, 2022) delves into the largely untold story of Dave and…

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Sunday, July 24 – 5pm
Dysfunktional

Live music occupied by indigenous culture! Dysfunktional is a new funk/jazz/pop quintet serving up improvised music from classic standards to funky fan favorites. Their repertoire includes personal takes on Stevie Wonder,  Bill Withers, Vulfpeck, Lawrence, D’Angelo (the band’s favorite), and much, much more. Consisting of San Francisco’s most beloved tech workers and two jaded graduate…

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Saturday, July 23 – 7:30pm
Lewis Jordan and Music at Large

Lewis Jordan, reeds, poetry Bruce Ackley, reeds Sandra Poindexter, violin, voice Ollen Erich Hunt, bass Jimmy Biala, drums, percussion Lewis Jordan presents Music at Large, a Bay Area ensemble that brings music, poetry and an open spirit of improvisation. Saxophones, violin, bass, percussion and drums come with a large helping of original material. The group…

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Friday, July 22 – 7:30pm
Tony Johnson Quartet

Bob Kenmotsu, saxophone Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass Tony Johnson, drums Bebop to bossa, and always swingin’ $20 cash cover charge – doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 show BYOB and a mask, as covid still stalks the fringes of the land… capacity is just 25 at the moment to make for some…

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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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