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!

25% off sale Sunday and Tuesday, 8/9 and 8/11

Cash & checks only, please! So rummage around for your checkbook or stop by an ATM on your way to the shop. Sunday and Tuesday, all of the books on the new release wall just inside the front door, all of the books on the display tables, counter, window sill and floor in the front…

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Live streamed events Thursday & Friday

Thursday, 8/13 at 7:30 – Tom Huber, solo guitar; Friday, 8/14 at 7:30 – Kasey Knudsen / Eric Vogler Duo; Postponed one week – note new date: Wednesday, 8/19 at 7:30 – Walker Brents III on Albert Camus (Pt. II). All accessed on both YouTube and Facebook — see the individual posts below for detail!

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Thursday, August 13 – 7:30pm
Guitarist Tom Huber

Tom Huber embarks on a solo journey across a wide swath of genres and eras, playing classic tunes and original compositions. When you drop by for our live stream, if you’re not squeezing every dime, please donate generously — $20 suggeseted — so we can meet and exceed our guarantees to some fine Bay Area…

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Friday, August 14 – 7:30pm
Kasey Knudsen / Eric Vogler Duo
live streamed jazz from the bookshop every Friday evening

  Kasey Knudsen and Eric Vogler have a long history of playing music together in various configurations. They have worked together frequently with the “Holly Martins” trio, along with vocalist Lorin Benedict. For this special Bird and Beckett livestream concert, they will bring you their favorite Holly Martins repertoire in duo format, along with a…

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Wednesday, August 19 – 7:30pm
Walker Brents III on Camus, Pt. II

Walker Brents continues his exploration of the work of the great French-Algerian writer and philosopher, Albert Camus, author of novels including The Stranger, The Plague and The Fall, the short story volume Exile and the Kingdom and numerous plays, as well as key essay collections The Myth of Sisyphus, The Rebel and Algerian Chronicles. Camus…

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The Live Music Just Won’t Stop!

Miss your evenings in the bookshop listening to live music?

Live streaming from Bird& Beckett Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30pm
right in your living room, but more than six feet away!

The live streams from Bird & Beckett all started in mid-March on Friday the 13th, when the towering saxophonist Michael Zilber brought his trio (Jason Lewis on drums and Tyler Harlow on bass) into the shop before a scant audience in the face of the exploding novel coronavirus crisis. Angela Bennett pioneered our broadcasting foray…

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Check out past live streamed shows from Bird & Beckett

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

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Friday, August 7 – 7:30pm
The Sandy Poindexter Trio
jazz from the bookshop, live streamed every Friday!

Sandra Poindexter, born and raised in Oakland,  studied classical violin from early childhood, and her musical experience flourished over the years to jazz, Cuban, mariachi and flamenco. For fifteen years, from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s, she recorded and toured with alto saxophone giant John Handy ‘s group, John Handy with Class, performing before…

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Thursday, August 6 – 7:30 pm
Valerio
solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar

As an acoustic player, Valerio’s repertoire spans from the classics of blues fingerpicking and the golden era of Chet Atkins to contemporary artists such as the legendary Tommy Emmanuel, Franco Morone, Pierre Bensusan, and Daniele Bazzani incorporating sounds from the Irish tradition, American folk, jazz, ragtime, and world music. In his hour of fingerstyle at…

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Friday, July 31 – 7:30pm
Andrew Stephens + Dexter Williams play trad to bop & beyond

Missed the show? You can view it and hear it here. Jump in at 5:40 and enjoy it. Up ’til then, it’s the logo and silence… This show was worth every penny! You’re indebted to the kind folks who donated to make it possible for these musicians to get a nice paycheck! Trumpeter Andrew Stephens…

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Friday, July 24 – 7:30pm
jazz from the bookshop, live streamed to you!
Santiago/Cetto Duo
Javier Santiago, piano + Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass

Tune in for two sets of jazz classics & originals by two of the Bay Area’s stellar young musicians, captured for you by rising star Nico Mesa — the man who made our last live stream with this duo shine so brightly. Want to quickly get to the heart of the matter? Go to the…

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Tammy Lynne Hall Duo with Mads Tolling on Friday, July 17
Karl Evangelista/Rei Scampavia Duo (Music of Alice Coltrane) on Sunday, July 19

Friday, July 17th at 7:30pm Rest in Peace, John Lewis the art of the duo Tammy Lynne Hall, piano Mads Tolling, violin watch it here Sunday, July 19th at 7:30pm The Music of Alice Coltrane duo explorations by Grex Karl Evangelista, guitar Rei Scampavia, keyboards watch it here   We cannot yet host in-store audiences…

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Thursday, July 16 – 7:30pm live stream
Walker Brents III retells the story spun by Albert Camus in his 1947 novel, La Peste (The Plague)

When “you” becomes “we” is where absurdity transitions into meaning. Facts are cold; truth is warm. Such literary masterpieces as The Plague, by Albert Camus, offer our human souls awareness of this. And so, as if to answer a demand of the age, Walker Brents III offers a re-telling, composed before your listening eye, of…

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Sunday, July 12 — 2pm
WAKE UP AMERICA!
If not now, when?
14 poets convene in a live stream

Wake Up America Poetathon, Part II IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Live Stream, Sunday, July 12 at 2pm Poetry that speaks to Freedom, Love, Peace, Equality for All via ZOOM   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8615962043  Meeting ID: 861 596 2043 OR one tap mobile +16699006833 (CA) ,8615962043# US (San Jose) +13462487799 (TX) ,8615962043# US (Houston) OR facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/271042350933245 POETS: Dr.…

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Friday, July 10
Vic Wong / Daniel Fabricant duo

Two peas in a jazzpod, Daniel Fabricant and Vic Wong live in the same building not far away, where Dan & his wife tend to their young baby, who’s getting an early introduction to roots and fifths from Dan’s serenades & lullabies on bass, while Vic posts a daily morning cup of jazz guitar to…

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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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Books

Books

"I don’t think the printed book is going to disappear any time soon. The codex (the bound book) is a wonderful container for information: simple, portable, inexpensive. Flip through the pages. No scrolling. No crashes. And the book, at its best, aspires to and attains the state of art."

-- Les Ferriss

 

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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