Saturday evening, March 28th, jazz flautist Gerald Beckett led a trio to celebrate the release of his new album, “MOOD,” replete with beautiful originals from Gerald’s pen and solid gems from Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Harold Mabern, Wynton Marsalis and Cyrus Chestnut. Gerald leads a pantheon of great Bay Area jazz talent on “MOOD,” including…Read More
“As Hafiz said: ‘Seek life and patience, for the great wheel, with its sleight-of-hand, has a thousand tricks more strange than these.’ His world mirrors ours in a timeless way. The stranger things get, the more familiar they become, to such a poet as Hafiz. As a tutelary presence, to such a…Read More
Tongo Eisen-Martin, a child of the Bay Area, seemed to emerge full blown on the Bay Area poetry front in 2015 with his debut Someone’s Dead Already from Bootstrap Press and a cascade of uncanny readings, hands in pockets, gaze fixed in the middle distance of his mind. But by that point he had already…Read More
If you need books and can’t afford them, let us know. We have more than we need. The clearance cart will be outside the shop every day, and the books there are now free for those who can’t afford them, despite any markings. Please help yourself if you have scant resources that you need for…Read More
3/24 update: more of same! and more still! The proprietor has been in the shop 11am to 7pm every day, taking phone and email orders, passing books over the locked gate, now through the dutch door, to patrons, and working to get the shop ready for the day we’re able to reopen to the public.…Read More
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…Read More
2 out of 3 ain’t bad! Joshua Raoul Brody & Joe “the Quilter” Cunningham ~~Potrero Hillbillies~~ regale you with song today at 4:30pm in a facebook live stream from Bird & Beckett! you don’t have to “belong” to facebook, or even like it to view the live stream! if you’re hooked on the fb, well…Read More
Well, that was something special! Go to our facebook page (facebook/bird.and.beckett.com) and check out the saved video of the whole two hours. Revelatory. Delightful. Essential! https://www.facebook.com/bird.and.beckett/ You won’t be sorry! Tonight, 3/21, Kai’s doing a solo set, and then is joined by pianist Javier Santiago and bassist Giulio Xavier Cetto for the rest of the…Read More
Glen Park has never been without live jazz on a Friday night since the Chuck Peterson Trio got the ball rolling! This time, we had no live audience, but we streamed it out to the world via facebook. You can see and hear the evidence at this link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bird.and.beckett/videos/?ref=page_internal Folks tuned in from the neighborhood,…Read More
Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer, and composer with a twenty year professional career marked by diversity and improvisation. In the words of Latin Grammy Nominated pianist and composer, Jovino Santos Neto, “Rebecca plays flute with the passion of a flamenco dancer.” An explorer at heart, she rockets and flows between genres, one day leading The Rebecca…Read More
$20 cover charge / sliding scale $15-25 With a hit CD, “No Boundaries” under their belt, Dave Bass’s Afro-Cuban Quintet has been selling out shows and wowing audiences up and down the coast. Dave Bass, piano Jeff Sanford, reeds and flute Kerry Kashiwagi, bass Mario Salomon, timbales and percussion David Frazier, congas and percussion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnDrUkTcKIARead More
$20 suggested donation; any amount appreciated Wendy Dewitt With Boogie Woogie legend Ricky Nye – part of the Hella Piano Tour! Wendy says: “Ricky is in the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame and is another of the international boogie woogie artists. We’ll have a ball.”Read More
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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