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

Plenty more to come before January’s done… Scott Foster Jazz Spelunkers…Saul Sierra Quartet…HowellDevine…Jeffrey Burr Organ Trio…Tony Johnson 4…Russian Telegraph…Ahkeel Mestayer with Kai Lyons…and much more!

Friday 1/21, 7:30pm live in the shop and in the live stream A Journey to the Center of the Jazz The Scott Foster Quartet, spelunking in the caves of improvised music, with Bruce Ackley (reeds), Pete Schmitt (bass) and David Brandt (drums). Can’t get to the shop for the show? Or can’t get in due…

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Friday, January 21 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster’s Jazz Spelunkers, featuring Bruce Ackley
live jazz in the bookshop and in the stream every Friday night

Come along on a journey to the center of the jazz, a deep dive into the dark caves of improvised music in search of the music’s inner light. The expedition has been conceived and rehearsed and is ready to descend. Come cheer them on as they don the requisite gear and visit a mysterious interior…

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Saturday, January 22 – 7:30pm
Saúl Sierra Quartet

Marco Diaz – trumpet Charlie Gurke – saxes Julio Perez – percussion Saúl Sierra – bass. $20 cash cover charge; BYOB; proof of vaccination & masks, please. Doors open at  7:20 for the 7:30 show. Audience capacity – 20. Call for reservations (415) 586-3733. Also viewable live streamed on the Bird & Beckett Facebook page or YouTube…

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Sunday, January 23 – 5pm
HowellDevine
rural blues masters

“With its intimations of primal sacred cries, HowellDevine embodies elemental blues and boogie like juke joint prophets. Featuring Eli’s Mile High Club-honed Joshua Howell on slide guitars, harmonica, and vocals, percussion expert Roll ’Em Pete Devine on drums and washboard, and the relentlessly propulsive Joe Kyle Jr. on bass, the combo taps into red clay…

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Tuesday, January 25 – 7:30pm
Jeffrey Burr Organ Trio feat. Adam Shulman

Jeffrey Burr, guitar Adam Shulman, organ Eric Garland, drums $20 cover. Reservations accepted by phone at 415-586-3733 Tuesday to Sunday, noon to six. If you get the message machine, leave your email address as well as phone number. BYOB, plus proof of vaccination and mask. Doors open at 7:20pm for the 7:30pm show.

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Friday, January 28 – 7pm
Tony Johnson Quartet
4th Friday Jazz!

Drummer Tony Johnson leads a quartet on the 4th Friday of each month Tonight: Bob Kenmotsu, tenor sax Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass Tony Johnson, drums

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Saturday, January 29–7:30pm
Russian Telegraph

not your everyday jazz! Russian Telegraph, a six-piece project co-led by clarinetist Beth Custer and guitarist David James.

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Sunday, January 30–5pm
Ahkeel Mestayer Quintet

Ahkeel Mestayer, percussion Kai Lyons, guitar Emilio Davilos, percussion David Lachuga, bass Roque Baron, vocal

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Sunday, January 30–8pm
Jam Session!

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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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Sunday, January 16 – 2:30pm
Thomas Antonic presents his book
Amongst Nazis: William S. Burroughs
in Vienna 1936/37

Publisher and researcher Tate Swindell hosts author Thomas Antonic, offering a presentation, with audio & visuals, from his book Amongst Nazis: William S. Burroughs in Vienna 1936/37. An onstage Q & A between Antonic and Swindell with audience participation will follow.  A live stream of this event can be found on the Bird & Beckett…

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Saturday, January 15 – 7:30pm
Jinx Jones Trio
jazz club
when lights are low

The Jinx Jones Trio, with Angeline Saris, bass & Ken Owen, drums. Two sets of instrumental exotica and jazz! One of America’s finest guitar stylists & an intrepid explorer, dedicated to the psychotropic extremes of rockabilly, surf and your more august & happy traditions. Live streamed and live in the shop to an audience of…

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Friday, January 14 – 7:30pm
Larry Vann Trio
jazz in the bookshop and live in the stream

Larry Vann has long been the Groove Merchant! He brings it again with his long-time working trio, with Michael Warren on bass and Tim Landis on guitar, for two sets 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…

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Tuesday, January 11 – 7:30pm
Craig Handy / Essiet Essiet / Sylvia Cuenca Trio

Three New York-based jazz masters take the stage at Bird & Beckett Tuesday, January 11 at 7:30pm for two sets of jazz! $20 cash cover charge. BYOB. Vax. Masks. Audience capacity is just 20 seats. For a reservation, call 415-586-3733! Also streamed on the Bird & Beckett Facebook page and YouTube channel. Oakland-born tenor saxophonist…

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Sunday, January 9, there woulda been some serious sin & celebration with the Seducers, but it’s gonna have to wait ’til March, due to “the current uncertainty.”
No worries! Mark your calendar now for March 13!

Want a taste right now of their fine elixer? Check out the December 12 show on our YouTube channel or Facebook page! We’d suggest you pick it up at the 14:48 mark, when the mix has settled in and the band is tooled up for pure honky tonk magic. Click through to the full post,…

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Saturday, January 8 – 7:30pm
4tet Apocalyptique
jazz club! when lights are low…

4tet Apocalyptique Filling a need for comfort music since 2020 R&B, jazz, samba, pop Sharman Duran (piano) Salvador Aguilera (saxophone) Rick Brown (trombone) Pepe Jacobo (drums) Reservations encouraged (call 415-586-3733), as audience capacity is limited to 20 during the present phase of our little apocalypse. Doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 1st set and…

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Friday, January 7 – 7:30pm
Jon Frank Trio
live jazz in the bookshop, and in the stream
every Friday night

The Jon Frank Trio, with Sam Cady on piano and Chris Amberger on bass, has been honing its repertoire, including a number of  tunes penned by the pianist, in anticipation of a recording session soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKBjiDQqs88[/embedyt The leader of the trio, drummer Jon Frank, sends this biographical sketch: I started playing drums in garage bands…

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Thursday, January 6th – 7pm
Judith Ayn Bernhard & Silvi Alcivar, poets, hosted by Jerry Ferraz & Michael Koch + open mic

On the first Thursday of each month, Jerry Ferraz and Michael Koch host a poetry reading with a couple of headliners and an open mic. Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 7pm Judith Ayn Bernhard and Silvi Alcivar are the featured poets Reservations are encouraged, as audience capacity is limited to 20 during the current uncertainty.…

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Sunday, January 2 – 5pm
Avotcja and Modúpue
a healing evening of poetry,
jazz & the fire of wordsong

Celebrate 2022 with our annual first Sunday booking of Avotcja with her supergroup Modúpue featuring Sandy Poindexter, violin; Francis Wong, saxophone; Heshima Mark Williams, bass; Val Serrant, steel pan drum & percussion. _____________________________________ Live stream only for this show, to preserve the continued good health of Avotcja, a Bay Area cultural treasure! Avotcja is a…

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December boasts some gems…

Poets Francisco Orrego and Maria Serafin on December 2nd December 3rd, Destiny Muhammad, harp; Chico Lopez, bass; Tarika Lewis, violin December 4th, the quartet of guitarist George Cotsirilos, with Keith Saunders on piano, Robb Fisher on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums December 5th, student combo followed by a jam session hosted by the Terrence…

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Thursday, December 30 – 7:30pm
Annette Aguilar Trio
live in the shop and live streamed
Latin & Brazilian Jazz

Click on the links here to view our recording of this show on our YouTube channel or Facebook page. Drummer/percussionist/composer/bandleader/educator Annette A. Aguilar, born and raised in San Francisco, has been a force on the New York scene for decades, notably with her band StringBeans. Here in San Francisco, you can often catch her performing…

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Monday, December 27 – 7pm
Poets!Zoom – All open mic tonight
Strictly Virtual
for real!

Kim Shuck invites you to the twice-monthly Poets!Zoom. Every 2nd and 4th Monday evening. The 4th Monday is always All Open Mic. Kim reminds you that you don’t have to get rained on to participate. Use the Zoom link below, or the Facebook Live link following that. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84350265713?pwd=eE84V3BYdWxiSFBHNHhmdUt1WTUzdz09Meeting ID: 843 5026 5713Passcode: 244211One…

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Sunday, December 26 – 5pm
Duncan James Quartet

Duncan James, guitar Larry Chinn, piano Jim Kerwin, bass Bob Blankenship, drums Swing straight ahead into 2022… no time like the present, and no time like swing time! Sign up for our emails Doors open ten minutes before showtime. Reservations encouraged, as the room does fill up for many shows. To reserve, call 415-586-3733 prior…

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Sunday, December 19 – 5pm
Dottie Dodgion tribute

Ben Stolorow, piano; Al Obidinski, bass; and Vince Lateano, drums pay tribute to a long-time friend, colleague and jazz legend, the late Dottie Dodgion, with a cameo by Dot’s good friend Sonny Buxton sharing some thoughts on Dot, her swing & her legacy. Vince, Al and Sonny are all contemporaries of Dottie’s and knew her…

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Saturday, December 18 –7:30pm
Dan Neville Trio
jazz club… when the lights are low

Dan’s back, and we’re pleased to have him. Dan Neville Trio, with Ayla Davila, bass & Brian Andres, drums. $20 cash cover charge. byob. proof of vax, masks required. Reservations, call 586-3733 during store hours (12-6 Tues-Sun). Doors open 7:20. Show at 7:30. Click here or on the picture above to hear Dan’s quartet date…

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Friday, December 17 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster Quartet featuring trombonist Mara Fox
Scofo every third Friday in the bookshop and in the stream

Trombonist Mara Fox has amazed audiences all over the world for more than two decades, working in jazz, R&B, Latin and classical contexts. She’s recorded and toured internationally with Conjunto Cespedes, and with the Klezmorim. Locally, she plays with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra (2013 Grammy Award Winner for “Tropical Island” as Best Latin Album), the…

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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.

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