Triple Book Release Reading for Gossamer Nevele Grimoire, by Derek Fenner (Bird & Beckett); Death Under Construction, by Ava Koohbor (Ugly Ducking Presse/Bird & Beckett); and Resolution of the West, by Nicholas James Whittington (Bootstrap Press) Derek Fenner is an artist, educator, poet, and researcher. He earned his MFA in writing and poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. In 2000,…Read More
Mark Your Calendar! On Leap Day 2020, celebrate jazz in San Francisco at Bird & Beckett! Support the organizations that support the musicians! 2020 is a leap year, and leap day, February 29, 2020, is a Saturday, so what better day to set aside for a celebration of your local bookshop cum jazz club… and…Read More
$20 suggested donation; any amount appreciated For black history month, David Boyce leads the band and audience through a discussion and performance of the history of Black Music in America, and specifically, Jazz. The stories behind the music as it evolved from its New Orleans roots, through the swing era, be bop, hard bop, the…Read More
$20 cover charge; sliding scale available On paper, the Pedro Pastrana Ensemble might seem like your traditional jazz quartet, composed of a horn, bass, drums and a chordal instrument, in this case, the cuatro. However, it’s the integration of the cuatro that defines the Ensemble’s unique style, connecting the earthy quality of a folk sound…Read More
$20 suggested donation; pay what you can. Grant Levin, piano Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass Genius Wesley, drums Pianist Grant Levin has gained great acclaim on the San Francisco jazz scene since his move here in 2001; since that time, Bird & Beckett has been pleased and honored to present him hundreds of times — and…Read More
$20 suggested/sliding scale available. Talk about your San Francisco jazz… On the fourth Friday of each month, our weekly jazz in the bookshop series features The 230 Jones Street, Local 6 Literary Jazz Band — in direct line of descent from the Chuck Peterson Trio, which started the whole “jazz in the bookshop” thing 17…Read More
A full day’s festivities to raise money for an Independent Musicians Alliance and to celebrate the state of jazz in the Bay Area in 2020! Tammy Lynne Hall Trio at 2pm TBD Quartet at 4:30 Mads Tolling Trio at 7:30 Bird & Beckett’s Cultural Legacy Project presents hundreds of intimate shows a year by Bay…Read More
Gigging musicians are invited to a “town hall” discussion at the bookshop on Tuesday, February 25th, 6-8pm, to discuss the prospects for an “Independent Musicians Alliance” – a solidarity organization without dues or meetings – to encourage a free flow of information among musicians that might facilitate collective action seeking overall improvement in wages, benefits…Read More
In 1969, Emily Freeman, then Linda J. Quint, engaged in conspiracy and burned thousands of draft records in Chicago to keep working class men/men of color from being drafted into the Vietnam War, an action that the Berrigans had taken earlier. She stood trial and was to be sent to prison for 20 years. She…Read More
$20 cover charge; sliding scale available The Bay Area born and bred saxophonists Jessica Jones and Tony Jones met in the Berkeley High School saxophone section, and went on to form an over 30 year musical bond. They are the core of this group, an improvising jazz ensemble which performs original experimental music. Their music…Read More
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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