653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

1-415-586-3733
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Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six

 

Live Streams every weekend!
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But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

Thursday, July 18th – 7pm
Film Screening – Bhatthi (The Kiln)

Mohalla Films (Community Films) proudly presents BHATTHI (THE KILN, 2023), an ecofilm short based on the life of a 21st century potter family who make bhar or earthen teacups in India. The clay teacups are used once, discarded, retrieved, remade and sent out again to the tea stalls in a generations-old cycle. Will this craft survive the onslaught of plastic cups, the No. 1 source of soil and marine pollution? Mohalla Films is a family-run film collective by San Francisco filmmakers and educators Abhijeet Paul and Rebecca Whittington. The collective wants to bring global ecocinema to San Francisco in the belief that it is important to learn about how people in other parts of the world are dealing with deep environmental crises in traditional and innovative ways every day. Mohalla Films is returning to South Asia in late July 2024 to work on a narrative ecofilm, BISHTEL (POISON OIL) based…

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Friday, July 19th – 6-8pm
The Friday Jazz Happy Hour
Scott Foster with the Larry Vann Band

Larry Vann, drums Tim Landis, guitar Richard Cruze, keyboards A. J. Joyce, bass with Scott Foster, guitar Drummer Larry Vann, the Groove Merchant, has brought his flawless funk to Bird & Beckett through the years with his trio and in other combos including the New Squatoolas and This Side Up. This evening, guitarist Scott Foster has invited Larry to bring his band to the 3rd Friday Jazz Happy Hour for two sets of soul, funk and jazz. Scott Foster has been a cornerstone of the Bird & Beckett jazz calendar for 21 years-plus, ever since our weekly bookings began in late 2002. These days, the third Friday of each month is his to do with as he pleases; it varies every time out and it’s always a pleasure. It pleases Scott this month to sit in with drummer Larry Vann’s band! You’ve heard Scott and Larry together here in the New…

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Friday, July 19th – 8:30-10pm
John Coltrane Ascension Day Celebration

Jon Raskin, saxophone. Scott Foster, guirar. Matt Montgomery, bass. Tim Bulkley, drums. $20 cover charge (cash or venmo at the door); byob. Reservations, call 415-586-3733 Marking the ascension of John Coltrane on July 18,1967, the quartet will draw on Coltrane’s work in the 1960s as he began to leave song form and flowed into more open improvisation leading up to the watershed album called “Ascension.” Recorded by Coltrane on June 28, 1965 with a large ensemble of players deeply committed to the free jazz discipline, “Ascension” came on the heels of “A Love Supreme” and was the next giant step by the saxophonist, setting the course for his final years. ROVA, the saxophone quartet of which Jon is a founding member, reimagined “Ascension,” expanding their conception of Coltrane’s late work and its implications for free improvisation. Jon, Scott, Matt and Tim are continuing that exploration on July 19th at Bird…

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Saturday, July 20th – 7:30-9:30pm
The George Cotsirilos Trio

  George Cotsriilos, guitar Robb Fisher, bass Ron Marabuto, drums $20 cover charge (cash or venmo at the door. byob Reservations, call 41502204870 George Cotsirilos is a uniquely talented jazz guitarist and bandleader. His trio has been together for years, both well experienced and world traveled. This date will be exquisite and is not to be missed. Please do join us!

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Sunday, July 21 – 3pm
Poets Kevin Opstedal and Micah Ballard

Come celebrate the release of Dharma Pharmacy & Surf Shop, by Kevin Opstedal, the latest publication from Bird & Beckett, a knock-out pamphlet by the Venice-born and -raised, and long-time Santa Cruz-based poet, publisher, and documenter of the dream. Opstedal’s history of Poetry, Poets and Community in Bolinas, from 1967 to ’80, Dreaming as One, is essential reading, as are the many magazines (Gas: High Octane Poetry, plus various one-shots) and small books he has edited and published for decades (Blue Press, and other shorter-lived imprints). Opstedal’s poems have been collected over the years in myriad small pamphlets, and thicker volumes, Like Rain (Angry Dog Press, 1999), California Redemption Value (Uno Press, 2011), and Pacific Standard Time (Ugly Duckling, 2016). Duncan McNaughton writes: “Reading the swells, reading the sets—everse bathymetric with the words of The Poems given him in good faith. No one else in my acquaintance—other than Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, Hart Crane, Charles Olson—has done so as finely than has Kevin Opstedal.” “For…

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Sunday, July 21st – 5-7pm
The Vince Lateano Trio, with Brad Buethe, guitar

Ben Stolorow, piano Peter Barshay, bass Vince Lateano, drums Special guest, guitarist Brad Buethe $20 suggested donation Teens, music students – $5-10 sliding scale Kids free One of the great pleasures in jazz is the piano trio.  Vince, Peter and Ben — three talented veterans spanning three generations — have been working together in a third Sundays residency at Bird & Beckett for two years now, and it’s been wonderful to hear the delight and ease of their collaboration. Lately, the trio has been inviting a guest to join them on their dates to add an extra dimension and this Sunday, it’s Brad Buethe — a guitarist with a complex harmonic bent that will be interesting to hear intertwined with Ben Stolorow’s open, economical and lyrical approach to the piano with his own keen ear for harmony. Brad has been on the scene with Vince and Peter at least since…

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Wednesday, July 24th – 7:30pm
Brazilian vocalist Fabiana Cozza
with the Annette A. Aguilar Trio

Fabiana Cozza, vocals. Annette A. Aguilar, drums. Ricardo Peixoto, guitar. Brian Moran, cavaco, bass & guitar. $20 cover charge – cash/venmo at the door. reservations, call 415-586-3733. byob. Annette A. Aguilar, New York-based bandleader, drummer and educator, brings her West Coast trio featuring guitarist Ricardo Peixoto and Brian Moran on cavaco, bass and guitar to present Brazilian vocalist Fabiana Cozza on the Bird & Beckett stage. Fabiana is said to have one of the most stunning voices to emerge from Brazil in recent years, and is considered by her countrymen to be one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Afro-Brazilian music. Her repertoire reflects knowledge of the many cultures of Brazil, as well as love for the many ways music was born from the African diaspora. Many of her songs are written by young Brazilian composers who share her interest in the relationship of Brazilian music to other cultures of…

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Thursday, July 25th – 7pm
Novelist Nina Schuyler presents her latest,
In This Ravishing World

In This Ravishing World (Regal House Publishing, 2024) Winner of the W.S. Porter Prize and Winner of The Prism Prize for Climate Literature, Bay Area novelist Nina Schuyler’s latest book, her fourth, takes her writing to a new level of engagement and artistry. “In this ravishing book, you will find stories that lift your heart and stories that break it. Powerfully beautiful and beautifully powerful, Schuyler has written exactly the book this moment needs.” Karen Joy Fowler In This Ravishing World is a sweeping, impassioned short story collection, ringing out with joy, despair, and hope for the natural world. Nine connected stories unfold, bringing together an unforgettable cast of dreamers, escapists, activists, and artists, creating a kaleidoscopic view of the climate crisis. An older woman who has spent her entire life fighting for the planet sinks into despair. A young boy is determined to bring the natural world to his…

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Friday, July 26th – 6-8pm
The Tony Johnson Quartet

Bob Kenmotsu, tenor saxophone Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass Tony Johnson, drums $20 suggested donation, byob. Teens and music students, $5-10 sliding scale Kids free Australian native Tony Johnson arrived on these shores in 1959, sneaking into the U.S. from British Columbia and quickly becoming a fixture on the North Beach jazz scene. He was first heard on record on an album recorded live at the Coffee Gallery on Grant Avenue in 1960 by vocalist Bev Kelly with Pony Poindexter on saxophone and Flip Nuñez on piano, produced for Riverside Records by Orrin Keepnews. Not a bad start! He’s been swinging ever since. Habitués of the legendary Club Deluxe well remember the countless nights in the first couple of decades of this century when he ruled the venue’s bandstand from behind the drumkit, carrying all the City’s best young jazz players to ecstatic levels of performance.

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Friday, July 26th – 8:30-10pm
The Laura Dreyer Quartet

Laura Dreyer – saxophone and flute Marcos Silva – piano Richard Lindsey- bass Kelly Fasman – drums $20 cover charge; byob. Reservations: 415-586-3733 Saxophonist, flutist and composer Laura Dreyer is a vibrant and widely acclaimed voice in the New York and global jazz scene. Her compositions combine lyrical melodies with jazz, Brazilian rhythms, funk and rock, and she’s been called to work for Dr. Billy Taylor, Dom Salvador, Helcio Milito, Portinho, Walter Bishop Jr., Mel Lewis, Robert Palmer, Nnenna Freelon, James McBride, The Diva Jazz Orchestra and many others. Laura has headlined at the Kennedy Center’s “Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival,” and The Syracuse Jazz Festival, as well as many NYC venues including The Blue Note, Ornithology, Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, The Zinc Bar, The Roxy Hotel, and many others. She’s released four CDs as a leader/producer, including Mysterious Encounter (Lavasphere), Free Flying Bird (Sony/Piloo), Sax in the City…

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Saturday, July 27th – 7:30-9:30pm
The Noel Jewkes Quartet
with guest vocalist Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes, saxes Grant Levin, piano Robb Fisher, bass Mark Lee, drums with guest vocalist Kay Kostopoulos $20 cash cover charge, byob. Reservations, call 415-586-3733 Noel is now the grand old man of San Francisco saxophone, with a career spanning six to seven decades. They call him Dr. Legato, for his lovely long saxophone lines and graceful phrasing. His companions on the bandstand are first-call players who have worked alongside Noel for years, and the chemistry will be evident from the first tune. Joined by the sultry and emotive vocalist Kay Kostopoulos, whose rapport with Noel is complete, the quartet will offer two sets of jazz standards, bossas and Noel’s original compositions.

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Sunday, July 28th – 5-7pm
Jam session!

All jazz players welcome! No charge to play. Audience, your donations allow us to pay the hosting trio members a fair wage for their labor. Drummer Vince Lateano, bassist Peter Barshay and pianist Ben Stolorow set the stage and relinquish their instruments to anyone with the chops and nerve to join in the long tradition that is the jam session. Players come together to find common ground and individual expression, drawing on musical language and tunes that generations of jazz players have made into standards.

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Sunday, July 28th – 8-10pm
The Lillian Charlotte Quintet

Marvin Carter, saxophone. Ingbar Solomon, saxophone. Tamir Lifshitz, guitar. Lillian Charlotte Stern, bass. Gary Jones III, percussion. $20 cover charge; byob. Reservations, 415-586-3733. Lily Stern has just completed her degree in music at the New School in Manhattan, and is home this summer, preparing her debut album and playing at venues this weekend from Mr. Tipples on Saturday to Oaktown Jazz Workshops and Bird & Beckett on Sunday. Catch her before she flies away! Lily is a bassist, composer, vocalist and producer who came highly recommended by two friends of Bird & Beckett, both titans of local jazz and champions/mentors of young talent — drummer Myron Cohen and saxophonist Richard Howell. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Lillian Charlotte Stern was immersed at a young age in music from funk, American folk and rock to traditional jazz, Afro Cuban jazz, Timba, and Hindustani music. The granddaughter of saxophonist and…

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hints of August dates…

August dates will include the Dred Scott Trio…the Ron Vincent Trio…Maurice Tani with American bassist Mike Anderson…The Elé Salif Howell Quartet…Eytan & Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman…Brian Melvin…a Two Way Mirror reading …Rojai in the Pocket…Duncan James’ George Barnes Experience…Hafez Modirzadeh…Sharman Duran’s Alternate Realities…and more!

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25th Anniversary Fundraising Push!

We have so many plans, so many commitments and so little to rely on save hard work, luck and fate! Make your mark on the culture by staking us to our plans, schemes, habits and dreams! Jazz and poetry don’t pay well in this alternative reality we call capitalism! It’s the hardscrabble commitment of the average citizen and the largesse of the few that allow organizations like ours to pay the artists AND keep the lights on. Thank you those who have our back! We do it for you and with you, and for and with the artists. If a tax deduction is a high priority for you, you’ll want to wait awhile before cutting us a check. We understand that, and in a few months we’ll have our nonprofit status back, we’re quite sure. Meanwhile, this drive is a pitch for non-deductible donations! The Bird &  Beckett Cultural Legacy…

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Your donation to the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project helps us pay for a multitude of operating expenses necessary to present, promote and preserve local music, poetry, and more.

Help us keep the arts alive and thriving!

The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project was created in 2007 "to present, document and archive the creative work of significant living writers and musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, for a neighborhood audience and future generations." We've been doing that very thing for more than a decade and a half, continuing the work we began when the store was established in 1999.

Due to lapses in tax filings during and post-pandemic, the BBCLP's status as a registered nonprofit was suspended at the beginning of April 2024 while we reapply, which is expected to take about six months. Donations made after April 1st will not be tax-deductible until nonprofit status is restored.

However, we continue to present a full slate of programming live music and poetry, and producing literary chapbooks, and we seek and welcome your continued financial support in the interim. If a tax-deduction is not a major reason for your support to date, we hope you'll continue to ride with us while we navigate these next several months.

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The Independent Musicians Alliance

Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.

https://www.independentmusiciansalliance.org/

Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site

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