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

Yes! Believe your five senses!
Shows for In-Store Audiences
have resumed
and continue
every Friday & Saturday!

Bird & Beckett’s jazz shows open to the public have returned! Live jazz in the shop for audiences! Also live streamed through cyberspace! Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm Come on down to 653 Chenery if you’re in town! Doors open at 7:20 for our 7:30 shows. $20 cover for trios and quartets $25 for…

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Upcoming shows, June 25 et seq
audiences welcome in the shop!
live performances plus live streams
every Friday & Saturday & more!

Friday, June 25, 7:30pm (door opens at 7:20pm) $20 cash at door $10 for live stream The Tony Johnson Quartet Classic bop, hard-bop & post-bop! Bob Kenmotsu, tenor saxophone Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass Tony Johnson, drums ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Saturday, June 26,…

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Saturday, June 26 – 7:30pm
live in the shop and in the cyberstream
Lost Shapes

$20 cover charge, cash at the door; byob.     $10 online donation requested for the live stream – youtube / fb

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Wednesday, June 30 – 7:30pm Live Stream
Walker Talks: On Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

Walker Brents III delves into diverse subjects in a monthly sequence of talks. Tonight, he holds Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca to the light. Ultimately, Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was one of just four survivors of the Narváez expedition, which set out from Spain in 1527 with five ships and 600 soldiers, sailors and colonists.…

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Friday, July 9 – 10pm
Tongo Eisen-Martin & Friends

$10-20 sliding scale cover charge, cash at the door. byob: pack it in/pack it out. $5-10 donation to view the livestream – youtube / fb

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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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Saturday, June 19 – 7:30pm
Ben Esposito Quartet
featuring Mike Olmos
jazz! live in the shop and live-streamed!

Mike Olmos, trumpet Javier Santiago, piano Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass Ben Esposito, drums Mike Olmos is one of the towering legends of San Francisco jazz! Javier Santiago and Giulio Xavier Cetto are two of its top players! And young Ben Esposito is coming on strong. Drummer Ben Esposito is a Bay Area native, born and…

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Friday, June 18 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster Quintet
jazz with Scott!
live-streamed from the bookshop
third Friday of every month

Milestones! Bird & Beckett: 21 years in business The Proprietor: 65 years on the planet The Concert! (catch it in our live stream) THE SCOTT FOSTER QUINTET Scott Foster, guitar Mike Olmos, trumpet Joe Cohen, tenor saxophone Charles Thomas, bass Jeff Marrs, drums View our live streams on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. No audiences…

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Denise Sullivan’s SF Lives
2nd Sunday mornings: live streamed chats in the bookshop

Sunday, June 13 – 10am
A conversation with
artist/networker Anna Lisa Escobedo

Join San Francisco columnist Denise Sullivan for a series of morning discussions with The City’s arts and cultural leaders and 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. This morning, Denise will engage artist…

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Saturday, June 12 – 7:30pm
Grant Levin Quartet
feat. Dawan Muhammad, saxophone
jazz! live-streamed from the bookshop every Saturday night

Click here to view & hear the Grant Levin Quartet at Bird & Beckett, June 12, 2021 Grant’s back! Grant Levin, a uniquely talented jazz pianist, has  been in as a sideman a couple of times in the past few months, but those have been rare opportunities to catch him here since the pandemic kicked…

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Friday, June 11 – 7:30pm
Michael Zilber Quartet
jazz!
live-streamed from the bookshop
every Friday evening

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we once again are pleased to present the Michael Zilber Quartet! Four major talents on one bookshop stage. Michael Zilber, saxophone Matt Clark, piano Peter Barshay, bass Jeff Marrs, drums ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ It was Michael’s appearance on our stage for an audience…

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Saturday, June 5 – 7:30pm
Todd Swenson’s This Side Up
featuring Derek Evans
live music streamed from the bookshop every Saturday night

Join us in funky soulville this Saturday night! Todd Swenson, guitar Derek Evans, vocals Ian Ratzer, piano Paul Olguin, bass Larry Vann, drums Here’s a little something that Derek & Todd were just cooking up for Saturday. Click here for This Side Up at Club Deluxe in June 2019, with Ken Owen on drums. And…

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Friday, June 4 – 7:30pm
Tongo Eisen-Martin
+ Ahkeel Mestayer
jazz! live-streamed from the bookshop every Friday evening
is this not jazz? listen and discover!

San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin plus percussionist Ahkeel Mestayer ~~Two sets of poetry & percussion~~ Crucial words and beats for our times ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ We encourage you to read more about our poet laureate at this link and to seek out his works, his readings and his books https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/tongo-eisen-martin…

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Sunday, May 30 – 7:30pm
Annette A. Aguilar’s
StringBeans Left Coast Quintet
plays Brazilian Latin Jazz

    San Francisco native daughter Annette A Aguilar is flying home from NYC for a family visit, and brings together a passel of great musicians from around the Bay including her brother Ricky Aguilar plus Anthony Blea, Murray Low, Gary Brown and a couple special guests for two special sets of music streamed live…

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Saturday, May 29 – 7:30pm
Sifter: Ewing – Schenck – Mezzacappa – Glenn
jazz! streamed live on Saturday nights!

Rob Ewing, trombone Beth Schenck, saxophone Lisa Mezzacappa, bass Jordan Glenn, drums Avant garde jazz music from four major improvisers/composers/players who cover the Bay Area jazz waterfront. Sifter has been heard most steadily at Woods Bar in Oakland, but pops up here and there including recent dates in parking spots around the Bay from Omar…

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Friday, May 28 – 7:30pm
Tony Johnson & the 230 Jones St. Irregulars
live-streamed jazz from the bookshop
every Friday evening

Drummer Tony Johnson leads a quartet on the 4th Friday of each month, and tonight, it’s the “Irregulars” — a quartet led by Tony with long-time associates Charlie McCarthy on reeds, Glen Deardorff on guitar and Al Obidinski on bass making it swing from bop to bossa. Jazz  you can count on! A little history:…

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Thursday, May 27 – 7:30pm
Poetry of the Sublime: A Walker Talk

The Sublime! Poetry’s ultimate theme. Every aesthetic, from east to west, has had something to say about this. So why not take a look here, and find a place to bring our thoughts to bear? It is for this we invoke the muses to sing through us. The ages show them to be generous! Walker…

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Sunday, May 23 – 7:30pm
Thurston Moore-Marshall Trammell-Bruce Ackley Trio + Wobbly

View the live stream on Bird & Beckett’s YouTube channel and Facebook page $20 suggested donation pay what your economics allow at this link The Trio Thurston Moore – guitars Marshall Trammell, Music Research Strategist – percussion Bruce Ackley – saxophones               Opening set: Wobbly – solo electronics  

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Saturday, May 22 – 7:30pm
Gaea Schell / Lyle Link Quartet

Gaea Schell, piano Lyle Link, tenor saxophone John Wiitala, bass Austin Lee Harris, drums play new originals and arrangements by the co-leaders View our live streams on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. No audiences in the shop just yet. $20 suggested donation or pay what your economics allow at this link Described as “one of…

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Friday, May 21 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster & Friends debut their “Basement Sinfonietta”
jazz! live-streamed from the bookshop
every Friday evening

Back in March 2020, as San Franciscans first took cover in their individual homes, those that had homes!, guitarist Scott Foster began to compose a tune a day for a good long stretch. Scott presented a generous number of those tunes in a solo live stream from Bird & Beckett on August 21, 2020, five…

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Benefit Concert – Sunday, May 16 – 7:30 pm
CBop plays to support their friend Brooke in her battle against cancer

CBop returns to the stage to help a friend. A note from CBop’s drummer, André Custodio: We’ve yearned to return to entertain people and to express ourselves. 2020 put the kibosh on that. After a hiatus, we are back to benefit our dear friend Brooke. Bird & Beckett has been so kind as to open…

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Saturday, May 15 – 7:30pm
Larry Ochs / Don Robinson Duo
jazz club!
live streamed from the bookshop
every Saturday night

Larry Ochs, reeds, and Donald Robinson, drums, focus on their forthcoming cd, A Civil Right, releasing July 25, 2021 and available for pre-order on Bandcamp. Larry Ochs is a founding member of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, one of the Bay Area’s avant-garde treasures since 1978. Donald Robinson – “a percussive dervish,” according to Coda –…

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Friday, May 14 – 7:30pm
Andrew Speight Quartet
jazz from the bookshop
streamed live each and every Friday evening

Andrew Speight, alto saxophone Matt Clark, piano Essiet Okon Essiet, bass Sylvia Cuenca, drums Andrew Speight is a titanic alto player who is held in high esteem in the Bay Area. From Sydney, Australia, he came to the U.S. in the early ’90s, and has led the jazz program at San Francisco State University for…

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Saturday, May 8 – 7:30pm
Americano Social Club
jazz club! live streamed from the bookshop every Saturday night!

Michael Zisman, mandolin Jason Vanderford, guitar and vocals Scott Foster, guitar Joe Kyle, Jr., bass Emily Zisman, vocals Music for la dolce vita! View our live streams on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. No audiences in the shop just yet. $20 suggested donation or pay what your economics allow at this link We pay a…

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Friday, May 7 – 7:30pm
Erik Jekabson Quartet
A Tribute to Charlie Parker
live streamed jazz from the bookshop

Bird Lives! Erik Jekabson, trumpet & flugelhorn Keith Saunders, piano John Wiitala, bass Hamir Atwal, drums The Erik Jekabson Quartet plays the music of one of the architects of bebop, the hugely influential saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker.       View our live streams on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. No audiences in the…

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Saturday, May 1 – 7:30pm
Kyle Hernandez Trio
jazz live streamed from the bookshop

Kyle Hernandez, guitar Brian Ho, organ Jason Lewis, drums They say the neon lights are bright… …tonight Kyle focuses on the music of George Benson! California born and raised, Kyle Hernandez learned to play guitar and sing in a musical family that provided him lessons at a young age. He moved to New York in…

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Friday, April 30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sylvia Cuenca / Essiet Essiet Quartet
live streamed jazz from the bookshop!

Drummer Sylvia Cuenca and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet join forces with Andrew Speight, alto saxophone, and Matt Clark, piano. Born and raised in San Jose, Sylvia Cuenca was hired in her teenage years by the late great guitarist Eddie Duran for her first professional gig at Pearl’s Jazz Joint, when Pearl’s was an after-hours club…

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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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