Open daily 11-7 & every Friday until 9

653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park

1-415-586-3733
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Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!

Friday, July 19th – 5:30-8:00 pm
Avotcja & Modupue
Jazz in the Bookshop

Soulful, righteous and joyous, no one mobilizes such amazing musicians as Avotcja! Their devotion to her and her music and poetry speaks volumes. Avotcja, poetry and small multi-percussion Francis Wong, saxophone & flute Sandi Poindexter, violin Jon Jang, piano Sascha Jacobsen, bass Raul Ramirez, percussion Come out for one of the peak experiences you’ll have…

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The Jazz Philanthropists Union
with support from the Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund presents
Saturday, July 20th – 7:30–10:00 pm
The James Mahone Quartet
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night

We’re pleased to enter our sixth year of Saturday night “jazz club” programming with a quartet led by the masterful saxophonist and composer James Mahone, with Grant Levin on piano; Giulio Xavier Cetto on bass and Malachi Whitson on drums. $20 cover charge. Sliding scale available. James Mahone has performed throughout the U.S., Japan and…

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Sunday, July 21st – 2:00-4:00 pm
Laborfest
Loretta Starvus Stack:
a Glen Park History
Project presentation

A LaborFest Presentation: Loretta Starvus Stack, Communist Organizer, Community Gardener, and Her Fight for Rights of Free Speech Tucked away in a scenic cul-de-sac on on the crest of Glen Canyon Park Recreation Area sits one of the most charming community gardens in San Francisco. In this LaborFest presentation, Evelyn Rose, Director of the Glen…

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Sunday, July 21st – 4:30-6:00 pm
Flying Salvias
which way west?
Sunday concert series

Flying Salvias is an alt-everything duo from Brisbane, CA– City of the Stars! A quintet for this appearance, with John LoGiudici on guitar, Dave Golia on bass and Paul Revelli on drums They’ve been characterized as everything from “Ameri-kinda Alt Everything” to “Alt Cabaret”. Henry is well known for his expressive piano style and impressive…

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Tuesday, July 23 – 7:30-9:30 pm
Dred Scott’s Pacific Jazz Group

Eric Crystal, tenor sax John Wiitala, bass Smith Dobson IV, drums and alto sax Dred Scott, piano and drums Dred Scott, co-founder of Alphabet Soup in San Francisco in 1991, leads this all-star quartet homing in on the recorded output of Southern California’s Pacific Jazz record label, whose stalwarts included Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Shelly…

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Thursday, July 25th – 7:30-9:30 pm
SYNTH MECHANIQUE – J. Lee / R. Duck /AVA K

A night of improvisation through known and unknown instrumentation, where electronics and mechanical forces connect and agree in creating chaotic sound space and serene landscape of noise.

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Friday, July 26th – 5:30-8:00 pm
Rent Party for Deb Lunsford
with special guest Eric Shifrin and the 230 Jones Street, Local 6 Literary Jazz Band
jazz in the bookshop every Friday!

Mark your calendar for a Deb Lunsford Rent Party! Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery Street, SF July 26, 2019 – 5:30-8:00pm Featuring Eric Shifrin at the Ivories with the 230 Jones Street, Local 6 Literary Jazz Band Food, drink & music gratis! All proceeds go to Deb! –Glen Park Neighborhood Icon –Weekday Mornings Counter Gal…

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Saturday, July 27th – 7:30–10:00 pm
Harvey Wainapel Quartet 
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night

Harvey Wainapel, reeds Matt Clark, piano Peter Barshay, bass Bryan Bowman, drums Originals, standards, “ought to be standards” and a bit of Brazilian spice from Harvey Wainapel and friends. Two sets of top flight jazz from top drawer musicians. Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has been a Bay Area mainstay since 1982. His jazz experience has led…

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Sunday, July 28th – 2:30-4:00 pm
Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars
Author Kenneth E. Hartman on LWOP, the Other Death Penalty

Kenneth E. Hartman’s sentence to life without parole was recently commuted by Governor Jerry Brown after he had spent 35 years in prison. He is now an activist for prison and sentencing reform, as well as a writer.  This afternoon, Mr.  Hartman will read from his book, Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars, the…

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Sunday, July 28 – 4:30-6:30pm
Amirtha Kidambi & Elder Ones on tour

Mark your calendar! The New York-based quartet Elder Ones — Amirtha Kidambi (compositions, voice, harmonium and synth); Matt Nelson (saxophone), Brandon Lopez (bass), and Max Jaffe (drums) — drops in to Bird & Beckett on Sunday July 28, 4:30-6:30 pm, between stops at Santa Cruz’s Kuumbwa Jazz and Oakland’s Studio Grand. $20 cover charge; sliding…

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Thursday, August 1st – 7:30-9:30 pm
Emily Kuhn’s Helios Quintet

Natalie John – voice Emily Kuhn – trumpet Lewis Patzner – cello Giulio Cetto – bass Beau Cadigan – drums Trumpet player, composer and arranger Emily Kuhn is based in Chicago, where she is active as a bandleader, sidewoman, and educator. Her chamber jazz ensemble, Helios, which comprises nine players in its full configuration, plays…

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Friday, August 2nd – 5:30-8:00 pm
Spy Soul
Jazz in the Bookshop
every Friday after work

Lee Vilensky, guitar Carroll Ashby, trombone Ed Ivey, bass & brass Randy Lee Odell, drums An evening of spy/soul instrumentals with your host Randy Odell on drums and his special guests: Lee Vilensky-guitar; Ed Ivey-bass and brass; and Carroll Ashby-trombone. Culling songs and influences from ’60s spy soundtrack and Stax-era soul mixed with surf, jazz…

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Saturday, August 3rd – 7:30-10 pm
The Grant Levin Trio
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night

Grant Levin, piano Aaron Cohn, bass Rick Rivera, drums

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Sunday, August 4th – 2-4 pm
A Reading for the Late Poet
Eric Walker

Eric Walker was a comet on the North Beach poetry scene in the late 1980s, embraced by the legends of the time. Selected poems have been freshly published in a new volume from Raymond Foye Editions. Raymond Foye Sarah Menefee George Scrivani Tate Swindell Richard Rawles Rosemarie Manno Neeli Cherkovski Rudy John Tanner

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Sunday, August 4th – 4:30-6:00 pm
Maurice Tani
which way west?
Sunday concert series

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POETS! every 1st & 3rd Monday
Monday, August 5th – 7-9 pm
Mahnaz Badihian + Youssef Alaou
open mic follows

“Life took me through many different experiences, but art and poetry never left my side. “ Mahnaz Badihian is a poet, translator and artist whose work has been published in multiple languages worldwide and presented in several exhibits. Her publications include several books of poetry in Persian and English, and a Persian translation of Pablo…

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Monday, August 12 – 8pm
Pilgrim – Christoph Irniger Quintet on tour

https://christophirniger.com/de/index/ https://christophirniger.com/de/live/ Christoph Irniger Pilgrim Christoph Irniger, ts – Stefan Aeby, p – Dave Gisler, g – Raffaele Bossard, b – Michi Stulz, dr „(…) a homegrown rising young sax star’s quintet“ Jazzwise Magazine UK “Young Swiss saxophonist, composer Christoph Irniger is one to watch. His blossoming stature on the European jazz scene is partly…

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Wednesday, August 21 – 7:30 pm
Jazz and Tongues: George Sams Experience

Trumpet player, composer, arranger & visual artist George Sams, from St. Louis, leads a quintet comprising, from Los Angeles, Richard “Zyc” Wood on sax and flute and, from St. Louis, Aaron Parker on flute; together with the local bassist Joe McKinley and local poet Gerald Nicosia. George Sams has performed throughout Europe and the United…

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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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