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

Friday, October 15 – 7:30pm
Sondango!
Sandra Aran & Richard Nelson Hall’s exploration of Latin grooves and jazz excursions
with Scott Foster on guitar

Sondango was born of a long and deep musical friendship between pianist Richard Nelson Hall and vocalist Sandra Aran, who found ready accomplices in bassist Dan Feiszli and drummer Russ Gold, all enamored of Latin grooves, jazz and pop. With this fabulous ensemble, they celebrate their love of the grand diversity that is San Francisco…

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Saturday, October 16
Alto player Greg Abate on tour!
workshop at 10am — concert at 7:30pm

Greg Abate is on the road again! And he’s blowing through Bird & Beckett twice this Saturday, his third Bird & Beckett visit in five years. In the morning, Greg will conduct a workshop of interest to players and fans both; and in the evening, he’ll lead a quartet with local heroes Ben Stolorow on…

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Sunday, October 17 – 7pm
Tony Seymour’s Hollywood Muse Masked Ball with Cooke+Crossman

Exclusive Limited TEN Person LIVE Audience.  $40 per ticket.  Make your paid reservation in advance with the  bookstore to guarantee a seat.  Live stream contribution of $10 requested for those unable to attend in person. If you’re watching in the stream, thanks for helping us break even by donating online! Find the stream on Bird…

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Mark your calendar for our Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Bash on October 21!

BYOB, and bring $30 for tonight’s sextet! We’re guaranteeing a “fair” wage to the musicians, such that it takes 25-plus people at $30 each to meet that for a sextet–and we keep the audience down to 25 or close to it. If you’re watching in the stream, thanks for helping us break even by donating…

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Saturday, October 23 – 7:30pm
Plays Monk plays B&B
jazz club!
when the lights are low

Ben Goldberg & Scott Amendola w/ special guest Nate Brenner Celebrating the digital release of Plays Monk’s eponymous debut album Ben Goldberg – clarinets Scott Amendola – drums/electronics Nate Brenner – e.bass/bass synth/etc. BYOB, and bring a twenty to help us pay the trio. If you’re watching in the stream, thanks for donating online if…

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Saturday, October 30 – 7:30pm
When spirits convene:
The Ghost Call Quartet
jazz from the other side

Darren Johnston – trumpet Ben Goldberg – clarinet, contra-alto clarinet David Boyce – tenor sax, bass clarinet Gerald Cleaver – drums BYOB, and bring a twenty for the band. If you’re watching in the stream, thanks for helping us meet the quartet’s guarantee and the cost of streaming by donating online! Find the stream on…

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The Seducers! Second Sundays at Bird & Beckett

America’s favorite country band in America’s favorite bookshop & honky tonk, every second Sunday from now ’til 2022! Pedal steel guitar master Joe Goldmark and the haiku cowboy Ken Owen on drums make it look easy while Mitch Polzak and Hank Maninger rip it up! From Merle Haggard to Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams to George…

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Yes! Believe your five senses!
Shows for In-Store Audiences
have resumed, and continue!
albeit masked.

Bird & Beckett’s events open to the public have been back since mid-June! Mask up and come in! (do please bring proof of full vaccination. Not vaxxed? Get vaxxed and join us!) Live jazz & more in the shop for audiences and live streamed through cyberspace! Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm + more Come…

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Dig this! A Bird & Beckett classic from the archive:
Grant Levin Quartet featuring Daawan Muhammad – 6/12/21

For decades now, Grant Levin has been one of the best kept secrets in jazz, and Bird & Beckett has been proud to present him literally hundreds of times since he arrived in the Bay Area in 2010. The performance documented here was the last of the live-stream only pandemic concerts we presented between March…

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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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Monday, October 11 – 7pm
Poets!Zoom hosted by Kim Shuck
featuring Lauren Ito and Taneesh Kaur
with an open mic to follow
On Zoom. Strictly Virtual. For real!

Kim Shuck, San Francisco’s 7th Poet Laureate, hosts Bird & Beckett’s 2nd & 4th Mondays poetry reading series. The 2nd Monday Poets!Zooms begin with a featured poet or two, followed by an open mic. The 4th Mondays are all open. At both, all are invited to participate with a poem. The Zoom link for tonight’s…

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Sunday, October 10 – 5pm
The Seducers!
Sin & Celebration Every Second Sunday!

Pedal steel master Joe Goldmark’s supergroup returns to Bird & Beckett for a monthly Sunday date! Joe’s built a solid band that features Mitch Polzak on lead guitar and vocal; Hank Maninger on bass guitar and vocal; and Kenny Owen, the Haiku Cowboy, on drums. Eddie Kendrick is in town and plans to join the…

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Sunday, October 10 – 10am
Live Streamed on YouTube & Facebook
SF Lives / Live Talk
Journalist Denise Sullivan in conversation with
Jennifer Beach, Prison Radio

Join San Francisco columnist Denise Sullivan for a series of morning discussions with The City’s activists, educators, arts and cultural leaders, as well as lesser-known workers, the everyday people who help make this place we call home, every second Sunday at 10 am, live streamed from Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park. Find the…

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Saturday, October 9 – 7:30pm
The Lost Trio + Beth Schenck play music of Ornette Coleman & Thelonious Monk

Phillip Greenlief, tenor and alto saxophones Dan Seamans, bass Tom Hassett, drums special guest: Beth Schenck, alto saxophone Beth Schenck is a saxophonist, composer and educator, who has made previous forays at Bird & Beckett in the bands Sifter and Social Stutter, and as a guest with the Lost Trio. She feels most at home…

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Friday, October 8 – 7:30pm
Pamela Rose / Terrence Brewer Duo
live jazz in the bookshop and in the stream,
every Friday night

Pamela Rose, vocal Terrence Brewer, guitar “One guitar, one voice. All swingin’.” Long-time friends and collaborators in jazz, Pamela Rose and Terrence Brewer just a few short years ago began thrilling audiences with a duo project based on the great performances that Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass brought to the concert stage and a number…

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Thursday, October 7 – 7pm
Featured Poet Jennifer Barone
followed by an open mic

Jerry Ferraz and Michael Koch host our monthly in-store, in-person poetry session, each month with a featured reader or two and an open mic, always a delight and a revelation. Jennifer Barone is an Italian-American poet and artist. She is the author of three books of poetry, her most recent: “Saporoso – Poems of Italian Food &…

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Thursday, October 7 – 5-7:30pm
at SFMOMA
Joan Mitchell’s paintings
plus Bay Area musicians & poets!
free party!

We’ve sent some musicians SFMOMA way for the public’s pleasure! Stroll into the museum at 4pm with your vax card in hand & your mask in place — that’s when they hang the “out of commission” sign on the cash register — then hie thee to the 5th floor galleries to take in Joan Mitchell’s…

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Sunday, October 3 – 5pm
Two Way Mirror
Marina Lazzara & Friends
a chapbook release celebration!

Poet & Publisher Marina Lazzara hosts a reading and celebration on the occasion of the release of new chapbooks from Two Way Mirror Books: Tammy Fortin Elizabeth Costello Brian Lucas Nicholas Whittington with special visit by J. Grabowski Live in the shop and viewable as a live stream on YouTube or Facebook. Bring some cash to buy a…

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Saturday, October 2 – 7:30pm
The Lost Trio+Steve Adams
play the music of Charles Mingus
live in the shop and live streamed

Phillip Greenlief, tenor and alto saxophones Dan Seamans, bass Tom Hassett, drums with guest Steve Adams, alto and baritone saxophones Steve Adams, a member of the Rova saxophone quartet since 1988 and also a member of the Bill Horvitz Band, the Matt Small Ensemble and the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, has performed with Anthony Braxton,…

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Friday, October 1 – 7:30pm
Brother Khalil Abdullah Quartet
live jazz in the bookshop
and in the stream
every Friday night

Breaking news! Tonight, 10/1/21, JaZzline Institute Director Afrikahn Jamal Davys was here with BAJABA Jazz Masters Calvin Keys and Dawan Muhammad to present bassist Heshima Mark Williams with a BAJABA Jazz Master Award for 2021! Check our video of tonight’s show (on fb & yt) to catch the award presentation, which took place on the…

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Thursday, September 30 – 7:30pm
Dragons, Dervishes, Ganesh,
and Mulla Nasruddin:
Walker Talks!

In honor of the turning of the wheels that have been a long time turning. A building up and breaking down in imagery for the sake of the enrichening of our metaphors, and metaphorical concepts. One more exploration of mythical speech. A compendium. A gazette. Walker Brents III relates tales from diverse traditions.    …

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Monday, September 27 – 7pm
Poets!Zoom hosted by Kim Shuck
All Open Mic on the 4th Monday of Each Month
On Zoom. Strictly Virtual. For Real!

Kim Shuck, poet & artist, conducts Bird & Beckett’s virtual poetry series twice a month. On the second Monday of the month, two poets are featured with an open mic following; on the fourth Monday of the month, it’s all open mic. So polish up a gem or grab one you want to try out…

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Sunday, September 26 – 5pm
Tomorrow’s Jazz Today
Young players, testing the traditions
Tonight, THE RJAM & JELLY SESSION!

Live in the shop and viewable as a live stream on YouTube or Facebook. This early evening into the twilight, Bird & Beckett is pleased to present a combo comprising students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Roots, Jazz and American Music B.Mus. degree program. It’ll be a sextet, coached into being by Akira Tana, but set…

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Saturday, September 25 – 7:30pm
Eric and the In Crowd

Eric Shifrin, piano Richard Chon, violin Ari Munkres, bass Mark Lee, drums Live in the shop and viewable as a live stream on YouTube or Facebook. Doors open at 7:20pm. Music at 7:30pm. $20 cash cover charge at the door. Call for reservations – 415-586-3733 during regular store hours, Tuesday to Sunday, noon to six pm. Proof of…

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Friday, September 24 – 7:30pm
Tony Johnson’s 230 Jones Street Irregulars
live jazz in the bookshop
and in the stream
every Friday night

Making the swing to bop & the bossa nova, and making it count! Four pros plying their trade for the glory and a guaranteed fair wage! Charlie McCarthy, saxophone Glen Deardorff, guitar Al Obidinski, bass Tony Johnson, drums Live in the shop and viewable as a live stream on YouTube or Facebook. Doors open at 7:20pm. Music at…

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Saturday, September 18 – 7:30 pm
The Isaac Schwartztet

The Isaac Schwartztet brings a fresh take and vibrant artistry to the jazz/black american music repertoire. Leading the Schwartztet from the drumset is Isaac Schwartz, joined by Henry Hung, trumpet; Sam Priven, alto saxophone; Joshua Thurston-Milgrom, bass. Live in the shop and viewable as a live stream on YouTube or Facebook. Isaac, an Oakland native, has honed his…

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Friday, September 17 – 7:30 pm
Scott Foster Trio

Scott Foster, guitar Matt Montgomery, bass Dan Foltz, drums Scott Foster concocts a new project or revisits and tweaks an old one every single time out, and has done so ever since we asked him to assume a monthly residency many, many years ago. First, though, he provided unassuming brilliance to Bird & Beckett’s legacy…

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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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